It just so happens that when you’re a linebacker in the transfer portal, nowhere is located in Knoxville.
“I definitely noticed the linebacker group don’t have that much depth,” Mitchell said. “I definitely paid attention to that. I definitely feel like I can come in and help the defense right away.”
Heupel’s staff, led by first-year linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, has made it clear to Mitchell that he should have every opportunity to play a major role in Tennessee’s defense from the moment he arrives on campus.
“They never said a specific linebacker position, but they definitely said it’s basically going to be on me to mess it up,” Mitchell said. “Basically, I’m starting when I come in.”
Gotta admit, “Have a pulse? You start tomorrow” is an effective sales pitch. Luckily for Tennessee, it’s not a one-shot offer.