"I decided to leave Oregon State because I just didn't feel like it fit me anymore," Mitchell told JCFootball.com. "I have the utmost respect for coach (Gary) Anderson, but I was recruited by coach (Mike) Riley before he left for Nebraska and his offense fit my skills better than what I was going to be able to play in with OSU, so I decided to start looking around and one of my OSU teammates, Kyle Peko, he played at Cerritos and he said it was a good program to be part of.
"I started to look into things and Cerritos' offense is perfect for me. They also have a ton of talent returning which is rare for a junior college. They have a lot of talented receivers and their offensive line is mostly returning, so I figured it would be a great place for me to go and showcase my talents and what I can do on the football field and hopefully I'd get another chance to play at a four-year program."
As a redshirt freshman last season for the Beavers, Mitchell shared starting duties and finished by going 51 of 113 for 571 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.
"A big thing I need to work on his tightening up my release, so that's been a big focus for me this offseason," Mitchell noted. "I'm working every day with my coaches and also working on my fundamentals."
On the recruiting front, a lot of schools are just starting to realize that Mitchell is with the Falcons, so he's just now starting to get some contact from four-year coaches.
"A couple of schools have talked to me, but my coaches have said a lot of schools show up in the back half of spring football, so hopefully that happens," Mitchell said.
Mitchell enjoyed a very nice prep career at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington.
Oregon State was the only school that offered Mitchell and he selected them very early in the recruiting process.
Mitchell is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2016 football season.
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