The next time Jaden Mitchell plays in a football game, it will likely be in college.
Mitchell, a 3-star Arizona commit from Las Vegas, injured his left knee on Friday during the first game of his senior season at Desert Pines High School and will miss the rest of the season.
The 6-foot receiver told the Star that he tore his ACL and meniscus when he "made a cut on put return during the game and my foot (got) stuck in the turf and my knee popped."
Mitchell indicated that since the injury happened early in the season, he should be fine once he moves to Arizona. The UA coaches — safeties coach Jahmile Addae is Arizona's main recruiter in Las Vegas, and Theron Aych coaches receivers — assured Mitchell that he's still a part of their plans.
"I have this whole season and off season for rehab so I'll be good," Mitchell said.
Mitchell is the only receiver currently committed to Arizona's 2018 class, though the Wildcats are targeting a handful of wideouts. It's a position of need depth-wise with seniors Shawn Poindexter, Cam Denson, Tyrell Johnson and Zach Benjamin all set to depart.