Wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell's playing career at Michigan may be over, but his Big Ten career is only beginning.
New Jersey's top wide receiver in the 2016 class announced his transfer destination Friday and in-state Rutgers is Mitchell's choice.
The transfer decsion came shortly after Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh announced Mitchell's suspension for undisclosed reasons.
Mitchell was a star receiver for Egg Harbor City (N.J.) Cedar Creek before his brief and rocky stint at Michigan. Ranked 131 in last year's Scout 300, Mitchell is gives Rutgers an instant depth improvement when he eventually takes the field.
Mitchell's return home should create a more mature and focused student athlete, said his high school coach Tim Watson.
“When you go far away and you go to a program where there's going to be a lot of hoopla, there's going to be a lot of distractions,” Watson said. “The further away you are, the more likely you get uprooted from what your foundation is. I think that may have happened a little bit. I think being a little closer to home, people will be able to stay in touch with him and make sure he's doing the right thing. It will be easier for coaches to get in touch with us. We're only an hour or so away if he did end up at Rutgers.”
Rutgers has commitments from two of Mitchell's former teammates – wide receiver Bo Melton and center Owen Bowles.
“I feel good, pretty good about playing with him in college,” Melton said. “He backslid a little bit but I played with him before and to see him go to the same school is pretty surprising. He has other schools that still wanted him, but Rutgers is a great school.”
Mitchell's relationship with Rutgers coach Chris Ash dates back to older brother Damon Mitchell's Arkansas recruitment.
“I know what he's about,” Watson said. “I know the kind of relationships that he builds with the players and that they respect him. I think that could be a good spot for him.”