Cal offer pleases Mitchell

After visiting Cal last month for Junior Day, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell received an offer from the Bears last week.

LAS VEGAS – After visiting California last month, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany wide receiver Steven Mitchell had been waiting on a formal scholarship offer from the Golden Bears. It came last week and Mitchell could not be more pleased.

"I actually went up there to their Junior Day and they said they were interested in me. I was really happy when they offered me. That was good. I was really happy about that," Mitchell said this past weekend during the New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 Tournament at UNLV.

The four-star prospect said he values the interaction with his future coach above all over factors when considering schools. His trip to Berkeley gave the Bears a chance to converse with new wide receivers coach Wes Chandler, who Mitchell spent most of the day with.

"He is a great coach. I like him a lot," he said. "He is a good teacher. He told us all the new receivers coming in there will learn a lot more than they did in high school.

"I like the chemistry the (Cal) coaches have with all the athletes. That's the main thing."

The12th-rated receiver in the nation according to Scout.com, Mitchell also praised the campus, calling it "beautiful," along with the newly renovated Memorial Stadium and football complex.

Holding offers from Notre Dame, UCLA, Washington and Washington State among others, Mitchell said he remains open to everyone and would likely commit at an all-star game in Jan. 2013 if invited.

Mitchell plays on the 1925 All-Stars, the 7-on-7 team coached by Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly, replacing four Pac-12-bound receivers from last year including a future Bear in Bryce Treggs.

The latest installment also features Long Beach (Calif.) Jordan receiver John Ross and Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian receiver Francis Owusu and 2014 cornerback Malik Cyphers. The interaction has been very rewarding, Mitchell said.

"I'd actually never met some of these kids and now we're all good friends, so that's a good thing, meeting new people," he said. "We play against some of these guys, so there is some great competition here."


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