FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Mitchell is looking at five schools as he plans his next move, according to an ESPN report.

The network cited a "person close to the player" as saying Mitchell, who is transferring after four years at Arkansas, is considering Alabama-Birmingham, South Florida, North Carolina State, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State as potential landing spots. Mitchell is on track to graduate this semester, which would make him eligible immediately.

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema announced earlier this week MItchell was one of four players who had been granted releases from their scholarships, joining receiver/running back Keante Minor, defensive end Austin Flynn and safety Defonta Lowe. Mitchell had competed with sophomore Brandon Allen for the starting job throughout the spring.

Mitchell would go back to work with a familiar face if he chooses UAB. The Blazers are preparing for their second season under former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, who helped recruit Mitchell to Arkansas as a member of the 2009 signing class.

Amite (La.) High coach Alden Foster - who coached Mitchell in high school - confirmed UAB was an option to Al.com on Wednesday.

"They're on the radar because he has a relationship with (McGee)," Foster told Al.com. "He's very much interested, but he hasn't made a decision yet."

Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau