FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell will enroll at North Carolina State.
Mitchell announced his decision Monday night, telling ESPN’s Joe Schad he plans to transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school after visiting two weeks ago.
"I like the culture, coaches, expectations within the program starting all the way at the top, and most importantly chemistry," Mitchell told ESPN. "I felt I built it with players in just three days. Bottom line is I want to win, and I want to win now. They have the best opportunity there for success and just had one missing piece."
Mitchell was released from his Arkansas scholarship after competing for the starting job with sophomore Brandon Allen during spring practice. Allen finished the spring No. 1 on the depth chart, leaving Arkansas coach Bret Bielema to mention Mitchell was a player who could help the Razorbacks in other ways next season.
Mitchell is on track to graduate later this summer, which would make him eligible immediately at North Carolina State. He is expected to compete for the starting job.
The Amite, La., native completed 25 of 43 passes for 332 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in three seasons as a backup quarterback. He did rush for two touchdowns during his career and enjoyed some success at receiver last season, catching 17 passes for 272 yards in eight games.
Mitchell will play for North Carolina State’s first-year coach Dave Doeren and offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Both coaches worked at Wisconsin on Bielema’s staff during his seven-year tenure.
Doeren was Wisconsin’s co-defensive coordinator in 2006-07 and defensive coordinator from 2008-2010 before leaving to become the head coach at Northern Illinois. Canada was Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator last season.
Former Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Jason Veltkamp also is in his first year with the program.
“Today I close the door to the past, just opened the door to future, taking a deep breath, stepping on through and starting this exciting new chapter in my life,” Mitchell posted on his Facebook page. “Here I come Raleigh, N.C. Let's make this ride one to remember for the ages Wolf Pack Nation!”
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau