Schwartz Steps It Up

After first getting noticed as a sophomore participant a year ago, Mitchell Schwartz returned to the Los Angeles area Scout.com combine on Sunday to display his progress as he prepares for his senior campaign at Palisades Charter High School. The returns are in and Mitch had an excellent day.

The 6-5, 302-pound offensive lineman started by scoring some excellent marks in the drills, including a strong 5.28 second clocking on a slow field in the forty yard dash, a 25" vertical jump and a 4.86 time in the shuttle. Schwartz also bested combine MVP Everson Griffen in the one-on-one match-ups two out of three times and was named among the top five offensive line performers by the camp staff at the end of the day.

Ironically, even though Mitchell is receiving a lot of recruiting attention, he is still waiting for his first scholarship offer. His athleticism has never been in question but Schwartz doesn't play for a strong football program and the coaching he has received may not have been adequate. During the off-season Mitch has been working independently with well respected line coach Thane Watkins on his technique and his improvement was clearly evident on Sunday.

This summer Mitchell is scheduled to attend summer football camps at his favorite colleges, including Oregon, Notre Dame, USC, Michigan and Stanford. Once these coaching staffs have the opportunity to evaluate Schwartz's improved skills the scholarship offers should start rolling in.

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