Former Arkansas QB Brandon Mitchell Reportedly Will Transfer to NC State

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 20, 2013

Less than a month after being given a release from the University of Arkansas, quarterback Brandon Mitchell has decided that he will enroll at North Carolina State for his senior season. 

The news comes from ESPN's Joe Schad:

Mitchell, a former 3-star recruit out of Amite, La., appeared in 21 games during his three years with the Razorbacks. 

He completed 58.1 percent of his throws for 332 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for a solid QB rating of 141.4. In 2012, he showed potential as a receiver, pulling in 17 catches for 272 yards. 

Once he was officially beaten out by sophomore Brandon Allen for the right to fill Tyler Wilson's large shoes in 2013, Mitchell decided it was time for new scenery.   

Arkansas' loss is NC State's gain. 

The Wolfpack finished 7-6 last season after losing to Vanderbilt in the Music City Bowl, but with the hiring of former Northern Illinois miracle-worker Dave Doeren, expectations for 2013 were still high. 

With the departure of Mike Glennon to the NFL, however, the Wolfpack were left with quite a bit of inexperience under center.

Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas and sophomore Manny Stocker were the only incumbents expected to compete for snaps. 

But now Mitchell, who has the experience and versatility to serve as an intriguing fit in Doeren's up-tempo offense, will likely step in as the starter. Because he graduated from Arkansas, he is eligible to play immediately. 

There are still plenty of question marks surrounding Doeren's squad in his first season as head coach, but the addition of Mitchell has the Wolfpack suddenly looking like a much more intriguing pick in the ACC this year.