There is little doubt that the main attraction at Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany this spring was wide receiver Steven Mitchell. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound wide receiver has 23 offers from programs across the country. But as college coaches visited the campus, they quickly found out what the rest of us are learning now. This Alemany team is loaded with skill position players.
For the second time in two weeks, the Warriors ended a Saturday afternoon with a passing tournament title, this time besting Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei in the finals of the Dana Hills Nike Airstrike.
Mitchell was instrumental, as he fought through thigh issues to make a game-winning catch in the semifinals and put his stamp on just about every game. He seemed to be taking it easy early on, as he warmed up for his showcase at USC's skills camp on Sunday, but he turned it on as the day progressed. And as was the case last weekend, contributions came from everywhere.
Devin Ross might have been the biggest spring beneficiary from Mitchell's success, as the 5-foot-9, 168-pound receiver earned all 12 of his offers during the spring evaluation period, as he said coaches would leave impressed with his explosiveness off the ball and ability to use his hands. He is making a name for himself this spring and summer however, as he has stood out the past two weekends. Ross will attend Sunday's camp at UCLA, looking for an offer from the Bruins. He said he still has a long way to go with the recruiting process and is looking forward to learning more about each of his offers.
The biggest surprise of the group is 2015 standout DeSean Holmes, a wide receiver who spent all last year on the junior varsity squad. Holmes ran routes with the big boys this spring and immediately gained a couple of FBS offers. Houston and Utah both stepped forward for Holmes, who also received a letter from Alabama and will camp with the Crimson Tide later this summer. Holmes said the coaches from the Cougars and Utes were surprised that he was just a freshman, but that didn't stop them from offering. He is another player who credits Mitchell for helping him take this step forward.
"We work out on Sundays and I'm watching him and want to be as good as him or better," Holmes said. "I try to get my footwork from him."
Holmes said he is looking forward to getting into the recruiting process and the challenge that will certainly come with being a 2015 recruit with multiple offers already.
On the defensive side, 2014 athlete Alif Grayes has made an impression the past two weekends, making plays at cornerback and also spending some time at quarterback.