November 20, 2012

Mitchell updates Stanford interest

Note: The following interview was conducted before Stanford's win over Oregon.

Southern California cornerback Elijah Mitchell doesn't currently have an offer from Stanford, but has been in close contact with the Cardinal for some time.

Mitchell visited The Farm unofficially for the USC game and has been in touch with several Stanford's assistant coaches.

"I talk to Coach Mason and Coach Alamar," Mitchell said. "Mostly I talk to Coach Alamar, almost every week. I've talked to Coach Mason maybe twice or three times."

Mitchell said that the Stanford coaches have asked that he stay patient with the recruiting process.

"(They tell me to) just to try to stay patient with them because they want me to improve my SAT score before they move on with what they're going to do," Mitchell said.

The Corona star has kept close tabs on Stanford's season.

"I watch actually a lot of their games when my brother (who current plays football at Colorado State) isn't playing," Mitchell said. "I think they have a really good secondary. I'd say they have really good corners, pretty good safeties. The defense is really good. They rank really high in the nation, so that's always a plus."

There's a chance Mitchell will have a chance to join the Cardinal defense - if he can find a way to raise his SAT score.

"They said if I get my score up then I'm almost guaranteed one," Mitchell said. "That's just what I've been told so far. Coach Mason said that I should be patient and try to get my score up."

Mitchell plans to retake the test at the next opportunity.

"On December 1, that's the last one I can take," said Mitchell of his test-taking plans.

Several other schools have been in touch with Mitchell about continuing his athletic career in college.

"So far UCLA track has been in contact with me," Mitchell said. "I just got contacted by Columbia track. Boise State track has been on along with their football team. Wyoming has offered me for football. A few other schools have come into play, but I'm just waiting a little bit to see how everything plays out with Stanford."

Mitchell added that he has had some contact with football coaches at UCLA and that he might be a two-sport athlete should an opportunity be available with the Bruins.

"They send me tickets to every week's game and I've talked to their coaches a few times," said Mitchell of UCLA. "The track coach actually just called me, so I guess they're trying to get me to do both sports if I go there."

Mitchell doesn't currently have a timeline for making a decision, nor does he have any official visits scheduled. He was at one point prepared to start working on the Stanford application, but instead decided to wait until after retaking the SAT.

"I was going to but I held off a little bit just to see if I could get my score up a little bit before I do anything major like that because I don't want it to backfire on me," Mitchell said.

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