Mitchell Sorting Out Options

Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt cornerback Elijah Mitchell is working on scheduling visits...

Though Corona (Calif.) Eleanor Roosevelt didn't make it to playoffs, ending the season 3-7, cornerback Elijah Mitchell had a strong senior year, finishing with thirty tackles, three interceptions, and three touchdowns.

"I played pretty well this season. I think I improved coverage wise on defense and I got a little faster, so I was able to do some more things on the field and the coaches used me a little more often," he said.

Mitchell, a two-sport athlete who also excels at track, competing in the 100m, 200m, and 400m, uses that speed as a weapon on the field.

"I think my biggest asset as a player is my speed. I use it to my advantage a lot. I can cut pretty well, too," he said.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound prospect holds offers from Boise State, Wyoming, Colorado State, and New Mexico and has been hearing from another number of programs.

"The recruiting experience has been good. A little hectic, but good. I'm just trying to figure out where I'll go next year. I've really been talking with Stanford, Boise State, Wisconsin, UCLA, Colorado State, and Nebraska," he said.

Of the programs that have already offered Mitchell, the athlete says that the Broncos are standing out.

"Of course, they are a really good football team and one of the winningest football programs in a while. Coach [Chris] Petersen is a really good coach and they are ranked pretty much every year," he said.

Mitchell, whose main recruiter for the Broncos is running backs coach Keith Bhonapha, says that the staff has invited him to come to campus in January for his official visit.

Stanford, UCLA, and Nebraska have shown Mitchell an increase of interest lately; the cornerback has had the chance to visit all three of those programs this season.

"I've been to Stanford a couple of times and talk to the coaches quite a bit, they just want me to get my SAT scores up a bit. I went to the UCLA game when they played Nebraska; that was a really good game. I've also been out to Nebraska for a game; my brother, [cornerback] Joshua Mitchell, plays there. He's #5," he said.

Though his football season has come to an end, Mitchell will soon begin track practices and is trying to schedule some time to visit a few more schools.

"Wisconsin wants me to come up, hopefully during the last week of November or in December. Wyoming also wants to get me down there in January. Columbia recently called, but that was for track. They want me to come down in December, too," he said.

There are a few things Mitchell is considering when sorting out his collegiate options.

"I'm primarily looking at academics, seeing where they are ranked in the nation when it comes to that. I want to study Business Finance, most likely. Second is athletics, of course," he said.

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