Mitchell well on the road to recovery

USC freshman receiver talks about his recovery from a season ending ACL injury suffered before the start of the 2013 football season...

Steven Mitchell patiently waited for a USC scholarship offer, collecting more than twenty others during the summer of 2012, before finally landing the Trojan offer at USC's Rising Stars Camp.

The Scout four-star receiver committed on the spot and subsequently appeared at nearly every USC football practice that fall and was a regular face at the Coliseum on Saturdays.

So it was no surprise Mitchell was at summer workouts getting ready for his freshman campaign and getting a jump start on working with Trojan quarterbacks before the open of fall camp 2013.

It was a surprise on a routine route when Mitchell planted, turned to make a catch, and went down. It was apparent within seconds that Mitchell suffered a tear to his ACL.

Less than a year since suffering the knee injury, Mitchell is back on the field for the first time as aTrojans football player.

He's yet to be cleared to participate in all football activities, but has shown progress in his recovery running routes and routine individual drills.

Now a redshirt freshman, Mitchell is one of just five current scholarship receivers on the roster.

USC coach Steve Sarkisian says it will be a process to get Mitchell back to 100 percent, but he's confident the talented receiver will get there. Mitchell is joined in his recovery by redshirt junior receiver George Farmer, who also tore his ACL prior to the start of the 2013 season.

"There's going to be some natural hesitation there as you're working through a knee injury and some of the focus that would normally be on the ball might be on your knee and stability," Sarkisian explained. "But all in all I thought they really showed some nice signs and both have some bright futures."

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