Isiaha Mitchell is one of the best players from the Redlands, CA area in the Class of 2019.
The 5-foot-7, 210-pound Mitchell, who attends Rialto High School, is an imposing middle linebacker.
Mitchell has already earned plenty of awards and recognition during his career, including earning 1st Team All League Linebacker (SAL).
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Mitchell is humbled by the recognition.
“It means a lot and shows how much work I’ve put in to get to the level I’m at now,” Mitchell said. “Being in all-star events was great exposure and I just want to keep working hard to get better.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Mitchell is determined to give it his all.
Mitchell is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Mitchell steps between the lines.
“My mindset at my position is to do my assignment and make plays,” Mitchell said. “To make the offense have to work hard for everything they get against me.”
Mitchell has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Mitchell tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love the most about playing football is going out and competing with other talent,” Mitchell said. “I enjoy the competition and being pushed while trying to help my team win.”
Mitchell has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me so much,” Mitchell said. “It has taught me how important it is to have teamwork and leadership. Those qualities are important not just in football but in everything you do.”
Mitchell recalls his favorite football memory.
“Playing varsity football because you get to showcase your talents in front of a lot of people,” Mitchell said. “I cherish every moment of it and don’t take any of it for granted.”
Danny Lockhart began coaching Mitchell this season for Team Hustle, a 7-on-7 squad.
Lockhart explains the best parts of Mitchell’s game.
“He can read plays very well. When receivers are cutting inside or somebody running a rub route behind him, he had a good sense of where everybody was at naturally. He had good head swivel and he was always around the ball. That’s what makes a good athlete,” Lockhart said. “He was always tipping the ball and batting the ball down. That’s not my accident. That’s tangible skill. He has good peripheral vision of what’s going on.”
Mitchell takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Mitchell makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by doing what I need to do at all times,” Mitchell said. “The best advice I’ve given by teammates is learn and remain humble.”
Lockhart adds that Mitchell is one of those consummate teammates that every locker room needs.
“He can bring the team together. He’s a good leader. I think his greatest asset is his leadership qualities. He was very new to the team but immediately he took that leadership role. That’s what we liked about him as a coaching staff,” Lockhart said. “Even at times when we were down or behind, he would be like ‘Hey, c’mon. We can do this.’ He was never one to put anyone down.”
Mitchell is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches always told me to stay focus and maintain school and football at the same time,” Mitchell said.
Lockhart recalls an example of Mitchell’s capabilities.
“Towards the end of the season we ended up winning the championship and going 8-0 in Las Vegas. He had four interceptions in the FCA 7-on-7 championship, with two one day and two the other day,” Lockhart said. “He played a very big role. He’s a fast kid and very explosive.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Mitchell also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Mitchell has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He had a very high football IQ. That was a great asset. He was always disturbing the lanes,” Lockhart said. “If there were a wide receiver trying to catch the ball up the middle, it would be like boom and he was already there to intercept the ball.”
Mitchell is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He works very hard. He was always at practice and always on time. Always finishing the drills,” Lockhart said. “The kid loves life. Our whole staff loved him. He was one of the most loved kids on our team.”
Lockhart compares Mitchell to this defensive legend.
“He’s very much like Mike Singletary,” Lockhart said. “Not a big guy but he’ll just take your head off. He’s one of those short, stocky and very quick and explosive athletes that’s definitely not afraid.”
Meanwhile, Mitchell patterns his style of play after these athletes.
“I look to guys like Mike Daniels and Aaron Donald because they are short undersized lineman like I am so I try to mirror there game,” White said.
Mitchell is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on and off the field are to be a better person and be a better leader,” White said. “If I do those things I will be a good football player.:
Before the pros, Mitchell, nicknamed Bama by his coaching staff, wants to return home to become the next great Auburn Tiger.
“I would love to play for Auburn University because I grew up in Auburn, Alabama,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“I love solving things and mainly because it can be used in a real world situation,” Mitchell said.
Lockhart outlines the next area of improvement for Mitchell.
“For me, it’s academics. Kids can always get better grades,” Lockhart said. “But he’s improving in his grades. I always tell kids to shoot for 3.5’s or 4.0. Don’t settle for 3.1.”
Lockhart believes the sky is the limit as long as Mitchell continues to stay hungry.
“He’s definitely going to play college football. It’s just a matter of how he finishes off the season. This is going to be a big season for him,” Lockhart said. “I can also see him being a two-way player as a fullback or halfback.”
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