Meet Steven Mitchell

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Name: Steven Mitchell

Position: Wide Receiver

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds

Age: 19

High School: Bishop Alemany HS (Pasadena, Calif.)

Scouting Report: The Trojans could have used Mitchell last year.  He was supposed to fill a versatile role as a dangerous return man and speedy third receiver to complement Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor.  Unfortunately, Mitchell blew his knee out during voluntary summer workouts. Now, the redshirt freshman is working to regain his blazing speed and provide a new element to the USC wide receiving corps.

Prep Career: Playing both wide receiver and defensive back, Mitchell displayed his explosive speed on both sides of the ball at Bishop Alemnay High School. As a senior, he had 62 receptions for 1,100 yards (17.7 avg.) and 13 TDs while also running for 202 yards and 5 TDs in his senior season. At the conclusion of his senior season in 2012, he was voted to the All-CIF Pac-5 team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, ESPN 150 and was named All-Serra League Co-MVP. 

Spring Ball: Head coach Steve Sarkisian has preached the importance of mental reps all spring with a program emphasis on walk-thrus and team meetings. Arguably no one on this Trojan team will benefit more from this mental practice than Mitchell who is using the spring ball period to continue to rehabilitate the knee he injured last summer. The coaching staff is bringing him along slowly saying the "goal is for him to be 100 percent come August."

To Quote Mitchell: "It's a great new offense, I'm getting the hang of it. We get the defense tired a lot and we get open easily. I'm really excited to be back out here."

Here is Mitchell with our Sarah Bergstrom...

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