USC Football: Trojans' 2013 4-star WR Signee Steven Mitchell Suffers Injury
Update: June 7, 6:27 p.m. ET
According to USC Athletics, Mitchell has suffered torn ligaments in his knee and will miss the upcoming season.
Incoming freshman WR Steven Mitchell is out for the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee during voluntary workouts today at USC.— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) June 7, 2013
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Wide receiver Steven Mitchell may be out for a significant period of time.
According to Lindsey Thiry of Scout.com (subscription required), the 4-star wide receiver suffered a nasty knee injury during a voluntary throwing session.
Per the report, Mitchell was sticking to his normal routine of putting in extra reps with a few of his teammates. He was running a route with defensive back Leon McQuay covering him, when his knee buckled and twisted in an awkward position. Training staffs aren't allowed on the field during throwing sessions, per NCAA rules, so it took a few minutes for help to arrive.
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reported that he will undergo an MRI to find out the extent of the damage:
Former Alemany WR Steven Mitchell, a freshman at USC, was injured today. Undergoing MRI, Coach Dean Herrington said.— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) June 7, 2013
This is devastating news for the Trojans, a team that simply can't afford for players to go down. Depth is extremely important to this team, especially at wide receiver were George Farmer is already ruled out this year with a torn ACL.
Mitchell was considered to be the sixth-best wide receiver from the 2013 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. He was likely going to see the field early as a true freshman and was expected to have a big impact.
He isn't the biggest player at 5'10", 180 pounds, but he's extremely fast and ran excellent routes. His 247Sports page indicates his 40-yard dash time is a solid 4.50, but it seems like he's even faster than that when watching him on film. He is an ultimate playmaker and is obviously a hard worker with him putting in extra work during a practice session.
Hopefully this injury isn't as a serious as it sounds and the young man can get back on the field sooner than later.
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