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Former Texas LB Juwan Mitchell commits to Tennessee

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The leading tackler for the Longhorns in 2020 is trading one shade of orange for another.

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A little more than a month after leaving the Texas Longhorns program during the early part of spring practice, linebacker Juwan Mitchell announced his commitment to the Tennessee Volunteers on Monday.

Mitchell recently took a visit to Knoxville, but had already made up his mind that he wanted to be at Tennessee.

During the 2020 season, Mitchell started eight of 10 games and led Texas with 62 tackles (32 solo), adding 4.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup, and one fumble recovery.

Last year, Mitchell entered the transfer portal before removing his name several days later.

In 2019, Mitchell started five of 11 games for Texas, recording 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four pass breakups in Todd Orlando’s defense.

Originally a late addition to the 2019 recruiting class after spending a season at Butler Community College, Mitchell had a winding recruitment that included signing with Rutgers in 2018 and committing to Minnesota before opting on joining the Texas football program.