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Trojans Land Explosive WR Steven Mitchell

5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver Steven Mitchell may be small, but he'll bring his big time playmaking ability to USC after he signed on Wednesday.


Bishop Alemany High's Steven Mitchell, one of the most elusive wide receivers in the nation, chose USC Wednesday.

At 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Mitchell is a slight, but explosive playmaker. Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills, Calif.) lined him up in several different positions. It didn't matter if Mitchell was in the backfield, slot or out wide, there was potential for him to score on every play.

His build and ability to make players miss resembles Percy Harvin. He has quick feet that enable him to change direction quickly. In open space, he can make defenders miss, which is why he could have an immediate impact in the kick return game.

Mitchell also has strong coverage skills that could make potentially make him a cornerback, if USC's coaching staff decides it is unhappy with the depth in the defensive secondary.

Throughout the process, Mitchell has been a low-key recruit overshadowed by other Trojan recruits flippancy but the four-star receiver is a consensus Top 100 prospect, ranked as high as No. 54 overall (No. 6 receiver) by Rivals. Scout has him as the ninth best receiver while ESPN has him at 11.

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