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Georgia transfer WR Adonai Mitchell commits to Texas

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A wide receiver room of the Texas Longhorns that could certainly benefit from an infusion of talent got just that on Friday night with recent Georgia Bulldogs transfer Adonai Mitchell into coach Steve Sarkisian’s program.

The news comes just two days after Mitchell entered the transfer portal on Wednesday, and he would be on campus by Thursday. So, of course, things moved especially quickly between him and the Horns, a pretty impressive result considering Texas doesn’t currently have a wide receivers coach.

Either way, when the signing is done – presumably in the coming days – the Texas back receivers coach will take over a room that returns Xavier Worthy, Jordan Whittington, ideally a healthy Isaiah Neyor, a healthy crop of young talent and now , Mitchell.

Mitchell went to Fort Bend Ridge Point before transferring to Antioch (Tenn.) Cane Ridge as a junior and ended up signing with Georgia in over 19 other deals including Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, LSUTennessee, Texas, as a four-star consensus prospect ranked the No. 383 prospect nationally and No. 63 wide receiver according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

After landing in Georgia as a true freshman, Mitchell appeared in all 15 games for the Dawgs, starting 12, finishing with 29 receptions for 426 yards (14.7 average) and four touchdowns. Notably, Mitchell contributed during the national championship run with two receptions for 34 yards with an 18-yard touchdown reception against Michigan and two receptions for 50 yards with a 40-yard touchdown reception against Alabama.

In 2022, Mitchell suffered a high ankle sprain in September and was sidelined until the start of the College Football Playoffs, once again contributing in crucial moments with a game-winning, 10-yard touchdown reception to hit ohio state and a 22-yard touchdown reception against TCU.

While Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian doesn’t typically favor tall wide receivers, Mitchell is unusual in that although he’s listed at 6’4, he’s not a big possession receiver – instead, Mitchell has quick feet and a understanding of how to take advantage of his ability to change direction to win one-on-one encounters against defenders.

With 38 career receptions, there still isn’t a huge sample size with Mitchell, but he has shown strong hands and the ability to make contested receptions, as well as come up in big moments.

Daniel Seahorn of Burnt Orange Nation further detailed what Texas is getting under Mitchell:

Mitchell is a huge vertical athletic threat at 6’4, 190 pounds and showed early on in Athens that he can have the headache to cover the field. Mitchell missed most of the 2022 season with a sprained ankle, but just like he did as a freshman, he made the playoffs.

Despite being a bigger receiver, Mitchell has shown he can get in and out of his breaks as a smaller receiver and has shown he can put top defensive talent in the blender with his route running ability.

Mitchell’s size and movement ability reminds me of what Texas was getting at Neyor last year before the camp injury and the silver lining for Mitchell is that he already has some production at the Power 5 level as a freshman. Mitchell provides Texas with an outside size that has the ability to play “above the rim” and displays the ability to make adjustments while tracking the ball down the field. He also shows good hands and shows that he can get the ball away from his body and not have to rely on body grip.

Mitchell provides an excellent complement to Worthy and Whittington heading into 2023 in Longhorn’s reception room, and if Neyor is able to stay healthy it will give him another big bodied and talented receiver for Quinn Ewers to utilize.

Texas needed to add another receiver or two this offseason in my book and, after being very patient, got one of the best to hit the market this offseason so far.