Mitchell is an SAT Score Away

The #2-ranked safety in the west, Pasadena Muir's Lance Mitchell, really parlayed great performances in the spring and summer camps into some serious recruiting attention. He's now an SAT score away from getting more, and he talks about what impact UCLA and USC could have if they recruited him more seriously...

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir safety Lance Mitchell (6-1, 190), the #2-ranked safety in the west, heads into his senior season with the same four scholarship offers he's had since spring, but more schools are now keeping closer tabs on the four-star prospect.

"I'm taking the SAT again in October and the ACT in the fall so that should help with the offers," said Mitchell.

Already holding offers from Utah, UNLV, Oregon State and Arizona, Mitchell said that a few more Pac-10 schools plus a Big Ten school have been staying on him.

"Oregon is real close to offering," said Mitchell. "I've been talking to them a lot. USC, Cal, Michigan, Washington, Washington State and Arizona State have all been sending mail. I just talked to Coach (DeWayne) Walker from UCLA."

Mitchell said that from his offered schools, Oregon State and Arizona were standing out. He said: "But I'm pretty open. I know that a lot of schools want to watch some games my senior year and see how I do at safety. And I'm supposed to be good since I finished summer school. I'm going to be waiting a while anyway to see what other offers I get."

Mitchell grew up a fan of USC and grew up in the shadow of the Rose Bowl, so he has an affection for both the Trojans and Bruins. He said, "If either of them, USC or UCLA, offered me, they would go to the top of the list. I grew up watching USC. UCLA, they were always right there in the Rose Bowl. We play our rivals, Pasadena High School, there. The lights, the field, the tradition, playing against your friends, the Rose Bowl is real nice."

In the meantime, Mitchell said he was starting to set up trips with three schools. "I'm going to visit Oregon State and Arizona, and hopefully, I'll get to visit Michigan. If either UCLA or USC offered, I would probably take an unofficial visit there," said Mitchell. "I do know I want to take all five trips."

Mitchell also plays receiver but said most schools were recruiting him as a safety, except for one. "The recruiting coach for my area at Cal is recruiting me as an athlete," said Mitchell. "It's not really definite, but a lot of people who see my highlights say I'm aggressive and that I hit. Coaches saw me at Stanford and liked me. I want to stay at free safety and be the quarterback of the defense."

For Mitchell, the quick rise to a four-star prospect is something he knew was possible, but not what he expected. "I didn't expect all of this," said Mitchell. "I was told I had the potential and I just had to do it on the field and show everybody. I was going to the camps, the Scout Combine, B2G, Nike and did pretty good. I went to the USC Rising Senior camp and did pretty well there."

In the season opener, Mitchell will once again get a chance to show why he's considered the #2 safety in the west, and he'll get to prove it against the only safety rated ahead of him, Westlake Village Oak Christian's Marshall Jones. "We play Oaks Christian on September 8th," said Mitchell. "It's a big one. They are a great team, but we want to win. We're not going in just trying to not get beat."

For now, though, Mitchell will relish the opportunity to return to the field. "I can't wait to get back on the field," said Mitchell. "We've been out here for a while, just as a team and trying to work hard for a big year."

As a junior, he recorded a team leading 110 tackles, and was an all-league pick.

Academically, he said his GPA was fine and said he was just waiting for a good SAT score.

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