Former Iowa running back Derrick Mitchell announced via social media Saturday that he is transferring to Texas Tech after graduating this semester.
As a grad transfer, the 6-foot-1, 230 pounder will be eligible to play for the Red Raiders in the fall. Mitchell tallied 27 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns plus 21 receptions for 165 yards in his career at Iowa.
Mitchell is the third grad transfer to choose Texas Tech this offseason as offensive linemen Dwayne Johnson and Jujuan Dulaney from Nebraska and Maryland, respectively, both committed to the Red Raiders recently.
Opportunity for playing time is available in the Texas Tech backfield as no clear-cut starter emerged coming out of spring ball. Senior Justin Stockton was listed with the first team on the post spring depth chart, but he missed the latter portion of spring ball due to concussions and there are concerns his career could be in jeopardy. Da'Leon Ward, who started down the stretch last season as a true freshman, suffered a bone bruise on his knee which Kliff Kingsbury said poses no long-term problems, was listed second. Demarcus Felton, a junior, had moments last season and a good spring, but has had his injury problems in the past as well. Texas Tech signed Desmond Nisby, a junior college transfer from Diablo Valley College in California, in the 2017 class. Nisby is a bigger back the Red Raiders hope can at least be a short-yardage option and change of pace back.
Scout rated Mitchell as a three-star safety out of St. Louis (MO) Vashon High School, but he was recruited as a receiver by the Hawkeyes. He was quickly moved to running back.
Mitchell will be the third former Hawkeye on the Red Raider roster as quarterback Nic Shimonek and receiver Derrick Willies, who are both expected to start next season, transferred out of the Iowa program.