Quarterback Re-al Mitchell, who just completed his redshirt freshman season at Iowa State, has made a verbal commitment to transfer to Temple, a source confirmed. OwlScoop.com was the first to report the news.
Last year, Mitchell attempted just four passes. Junior Brock Purdy, who threw for 3,982 yards and 27 touchdowns, is entrenched in the position.
Listed as 6-foot and 195 pounds, Mitchell is a dual-threat quarterback. He was a three-star quarterback coming out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif. According to his Iowa State profile, he chose the Cyclones over Rutgers, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas State, and South Carolina.
His mother, Sha-ri Mitchell, a former hurdler and triple-jumper at Nebraska, was “Blaze” in the television show American Gladiators. His father, Rodney, played “Knightmare” in the television show Knights and Warriors.
Temple doesn’t have proven quarterback depth behind redshirt senior Anthony Russo, who will be a third-year starter. Behind Russo is redshirt sophomore Trad Beatty, redshirt freshman Kenique Bonner Steward, and redshirt senior Matt Vitale, a walk-on. None of the three has attempted a pass.
Todd Centeio, who had been the backup and was generally playing at least two series a game, transferred to Colorado State.
Mitchell could have up to three years of eligibility, the source said. Based on the transfer rules, he would need to sit out this season, but he could apply for a waiver. Even if the waiver is denied, it is possible that Mitchell could have three years of eligibility, the source said.
The source also confirmed reports that center C.J. Perez will be a member of the Owls program as a graduate transfer from Northern Illinois. Perez is expected to make a serious run at the starting center spot. He played for Temple coach Rod Carey, who was the head coach of Northern Illinois for six years before taking over at Temple last season.