We’ll never know how good Duwop Mitchell could have been as a quarterback in the SEC.
The four-star recruit from Cedar Creek, NJ, never really fit anywhere for the Razorbacks. He was a spread quarterback in high school, but played at running back, wide receiver, special teams and returning punts.
Now he’s going back home.
Mitchell announced he’s transferring to Rutgers to play his final year of eligibility for former Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash.
He will be a graduate transfer and eligible immediately.
In high school, Mitchell was rated as a four star dual threat quarterback by 247Sports, checking in as the No. 321 player in the country, No. 12 quarterback in the country and No. 12 recruit in the state of New Jersey.
He originally committed to Arkansas over offers from Rutgers, UNC, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse and several other programs.
At Arkansas, Mitchell was immediately moved from quarterback to running back, where he has seen limited action throughout his career.
He redshirted his freshman year, and in his redshirt freshman year he had six carries for 58 yards while also playing on the kick coverage and punt coverage teams.
As a sophomore, he had four carries for 29 yards while also catching six passes for 84 yards and scoring his only college touchdown. Again, he also played on special teams.
As a junior, he was expected to have a breakout campaign, but that never happened, as he played in just three games carrying the ball seven times for 18 yards.
Ultimately, Mitchell was underused in Brett Bielema’s pro-style offense and should be able to make a bigger impact in Rutgers power spread. He has great agility and quickness and is very versatile. Expect him to line up all over the field next year, at running back, slot receiver, kick returner, punt returner, and on the coverage units for both punts and kickoffs.