“First to contact, first to contract” is what redshirt sophomore quarterback Re-al Mitchell tweeted on Wednesday after transferring from Iowa State to join second year head coach Rod Carey and the Temple Owls.
Mitchell heads to North Broad after two years at Iowa State where he couldn’t hold on to a starting gig, losing the job to Brock Purdy who threw for almost four thousand yards, 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. A three-star prospect out of St. Johns Bosco High School in California, Mitchell is a dual threat nightmare for opposing defenses.
A strong arm with elusive footwork and speed, Mitchell will look to fill in the void left by former quarterback Todd Centeio, who transferred to Colorado State following the 2019 season. Mitchell does lack in size and weight, standing at only 6’0″ and 190 pounds compared to the Owls current starter Anthony Russo, who measures in at 6’4″ and 235 pounds.
(Per. Twitter @realmitchellqb)
Mitchell also comes with a bit of a following, as in 2018 he appeared on the Netflix series “QB1: Beyond the Lights.” Expect some Mitchell fans quick! His mother, Sha-ri Pendleton, is a former all-world javelin thrower, hurdler and even a body builder. Pendleton and Mitchell were featured in a Bleacher Report story on September 15, 2016.
Mitchell could be expected to play in a similar role that Centeio played in last season, complimenting Russo’s strong arm with more options out of the backfield and dynamic downfield running. In five games last year with the Cyclones, Mitchell ran for 100 yards with one touchdown on 11 carries.
With Russo as the starter heading into the 2020 season, Mitchell will have to compete with redshirt sophomore Trad Beatty for the backup position.