LAS VEGAS - Steven Mitchell said he knows the recruiting process will be hectic and consume a lot of his time but the four-star wide receiver still wants to be patient and possibly not make a decision until after his senior season.
The Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany standout said this weekend at the New Level Athletics Elite 7 on 7 that he isn't prepared to narrow his list and might not be for some time.
"I don't think it's that time yet," Mitchell said.
"Right now I'm keeping all my options open for all schools. I'm kind of taking it as it comes. It would be good to narrow down my options but I'm going to keep it open right now. It's not even my senior year yet and I like the whole recruiting process."
Cal offered Mitchell in recent days and the four-star also has Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, SMU, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington and Washington State on his list.
Mitchell, who plays with the 1925 All-Stars, said he recently visited practice at USC and hopes to hear more from the Trojans. The coaching staff apparently told him they'd like to see him at summer camp. USC could emerge as a top school if it ends up offering.
"That was a pretty live practice," Mitchell said.
"I like the atmosphere around the team. They said they want me to go to their camp in the summer. They really like my highlights and they said I'm a really good football player so that's promising."
Things could certainly change but it appears there is still a lot of time to recruit Mitchell, who's rated as the seventh-best wide receiver and No. 52 overall in the 2013 class by Rivals.com. A commitment might not come until after official visits.
"I'm probably going to do official visits my senior year and then if I could go to an all-star game I'd like to commit there," Mitchell said.
"It could be tough because schools may think I'm waiting too long. It's really up to me. It should be fine."