Not many high school student have kept a schedule as demanding as the one Steven Mitchell has kept over the past few months. The standout wide receiver at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany with nearly two dozen scholarship offers hasn't played favorites with colleges or coaches. That means, in addition to schoolwork, spring ball and 7-on-7 events, Mitchell has spent time every other night on the phone with each coaches from each of the 21 schools that have offered him a scholarship.
"I have a busy schedule," Mitchell said in a severe understatement.
But it's on the verge of lightening. With high school out for the summer, some of the wide receiver's responsibilities will shrink, and the same could be true for his list of contacts in the coming weeks, although Mitchell said it has nothing to do with trying to save himself the extra phone calls.
"I know I can only go to one college," he said. "So it'd be kind of selfish not to narrow it down and keep other players from getting those scholarship offers."
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound receiver put on a show this spring. He earned wide receiver MVP honors at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, along with an invitation to The Opening, and more recently led his Alemany squad to a championship win at a passing tournament held at Woodland Hills Pierce College. He'll look to keep the momentum going this summer, as he plans to attend USC's Rising Stars Camp in late June as well as The Opening and the Rivals100 five-star challenge in Atlanta. Mitchell said he is looking forward to proving himself in front of the USC coaches, and the dynamic receiver could be closing in on an offer from the Oregon Ducks as well.
Those two schools would likely make big impressions for Mitchell, who knows he'd like to begin narrowing his list, but has not yet set a date to do so.
"I'm going to speak to my parents about when we're going to do that," Mitchell said. "I'm just taking it slowly right now. Everything is going well."