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Mitchell gives Trojans WR versatility

6/10/2012

The Trojans made an offer at their skills camp today to Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell and the ESPN 150 prospect immediately accepted.

Mitchell (5-foot-11, 176) is the No. 142-ranked player in the country and will be taking part in The Opening next month in Oregon. He’s long made clear his desire for a USC offer after having received earlier offers from top schools such as Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Washington.

“[Lane] Kiffin said ‘how would you like to be a Trojan?’ and Steven replied ‘I would love to be a Trojan, it’s been a dream of mine. If you’re offering, I’m committing,’" said Steven Mitchell Sr., Steven Mitchell's father.

This verbal gives the Trojans a complementary receiver duo in this class as Mitchell will be paired with the taller Eldridge Massington, who measures out at 6-3. Mitchell’s coach at Alemany, Dean Herrington, points out that USC has seen success with big receivers such as Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett but those two also had Keary Colbert and Steve Smith playing alongside them.

Mitchell offers the same kind of skills as a Colbert or Smith. His ESPN scouting evaluation describes him as “explosive, difficult to handle off the line with the ability to make people miss and with no fear of going across the middle.”

"[The USC coaches] said, 'After the second route he ran, we knew we wanted this kid.'" Mitchell Sr. said. "They loved his feet and they think he is dynamic."

There might not be a player in Southern California who has seen more success over the past two weeks than Mitchell, who has led Alemany to victories in 7-on-7 passing tournaments over the past two weekends. He was bothered by a sore thigh that was heavily wrapped on Saturday at the Dana Hills AirStrike tournament, but it was healthy enough to go out on Sunday and earn an offer in front of the USC coaches.

Mitchell wasn’t the only top performer at the USC camp as safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) was also in attendance. Goodman spent a lot of time with Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin.

Multi-sport twins Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson from San Diego Lincoln were also at USC, one of the few football events the twins have taken part in this spring after being involved primarily with AAU basketball. The Trojans have a lot of interest in the pair in both sports.

Some top class of 2014 prospects in attendance included quarterback Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) as well as Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb from Los Angeles Salesian.