Georgia WR AD Mitchell enters transfer portal

On3 imageby:Jake Rowe01/18/23


After helping Georgia win back-to-back National Championships, AD Mitchell is moving on. DawgsHQ has learned that the rising junior wide receiver, barring an extreme-last-second change of heart, has decided to enter the transfer portal. Persons with knowledge of the situation say his paper work is in and his name is expected to show up on Wednesday.

He will have three years to play two seeing as how he hasn’t burned his redshirt season. The 2021 signee is the second UGA wideout to seek a transfer this week. Dominick Blaylock, a rising fifth-year senior with two years of eligibility remaining, entered the portal earlier this week.

Mitchell owns two of the biggest catches in Georgia history. The first was in the 2022 College Football Playoff Championship Game (National Championship). He caught a 40-yard pass from Stetson Bennett to give the Bulldogs a 19-18 lead that it would never relinquish. Mitchell also caught a 10-yard pass from Bennett to give the Bulldogs a 42-41 win over Ohio State in the 2022 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and College Football Playoff Semifinal.

The Texas native was hurt for most of the 2022 season. He suffered a high-ankle sprain in week two and experienced a couple of setbacks. He didn’t return until the SEC Championship game against LSU in December. Mitchell has caught touchdown passes in each of Georgia’s playoff games the past two seasons.

“He’s one of the best receivers in the country, if not the best,” sixth-year senior quarterback Stetson Bennett said on Monday. “I’ve got an immense amount of trust in him. What he does, what he brings to the table from a ball skills standpoint, twitch standpoint, strength, physicality, blocking, route running. We’ve missed him. I hope we get him back.”

Mitchell’s motivations for entering the transfer portal are unknown. He hasn’t released a statement. Mitchell is originally from Cane Ridge, Tex. and has a young child who lives back in the Lone Star State.

Georgia without Mitchell…

Georgia signed a pair of receivers out of the transfer portal in December. Rara Thomas (previously at Mississippi State) and Dominic Lovett (previously at Missouri) have enrolled and are currently with the team. The Bulldogs also bring back their leading receiver from 2021 and 2022, rising junior tight end Brock Bowers.

The Bulldogs also have Ladd McConkey returning, the team’s leading pass catcher from the wide receiver position in 2022. Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, Arian Smith, and Dillon Bell, all major contributors at different points this season, are also back.

Georgia also has Jackson Meeks and three 2022 signees in De’Nylon Morrissette, C.J. Smith, and Cole Speer. It also inked three four-star wideouts in the 2023 class — Tyler Williams, Anthony Evans, and Yazeed Haynes. All three have started classes at the University of Georgia and they’re working out with the team.

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