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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Mitchell locked in with Trojans

By Blair Angulo

For four-star receiver Steven Mitchell (Mission Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany), this weekend’s official visit to USC was a mere formality.

With Mitchell not taking or even planning any other visits, the strength of his commitment to the Trojans has never been questioned. A short trip to campus this weekend was about gathering academic information more than anything else, his father, Steven Mitchell Sr., said.

“It was great, it was just what we expected,” Mitchell Sr. said. “They treated us like family. They welcomed us and took care of us the entire weekend. They covered all the bases.”

Mitchell, whose family held USC season tickets during the Reggie Bush era, had a one-on-one conversation with wide receivers coach Tee Martin. Mitchell Sr. said the USC coaching staff answered all of their questions.

“They definitely plan to use him as a freshman,” Mitchell Sr. said. “He should see the field, provided he works hard. He needs to go in there and obviously prove himself. It’s USC. It’s about going in and competing. That’s what he’s all about and that’s what we want for him as his parents. He’s a smart kid and can play football. USC is a perfect fit for him.”

It was a time for academic conversations as well. Mitchell plans to pursue a degree in communications or journalism, his father said.

“We actually visited campus earlier in the week, on Tuesday, as kind of a primer visit with the academic folks up there at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,” Mitchell Sr. said. “They covered everything, including the academic game plan they have for the kids coming in. It was very, very nice.”

Mitchell has completely cut off contact with other schools. He was a USC lean even before the Trojans offered and he committed in June.

“Steven is a Trojan,” Mitchell Sr. said. “He’s a part of the Trojan family. That’s where he’s going to school. He’ll graduate from there and move on. He’s locked in and always has been.”