VIDEO: Arizona Football commit brought to tears with second chance

VIDEO: Arizona Football commit brought to tears with second chance
Jaden Mitchell shared the news he would become a Wildcat on Twitter. (Egan, Melissa)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Hard work pays off. Wildcat football commit Jaden Mitchell is an example of that.

“The last year has been has been very stressful and frustrating,” said Mitchell.

Mitchell, a wide receiver out of Las Vegas, Nevada, committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats in April of 2017.

But, just months after that tweet, everything changed.

During the first game of his senior season at Desert Pines High School, Mitchell tore his ACL.

“'Why' was probably the first thing that popped in my head. Why me? I already overcame a lot before the season and I had a lot of goals and expectations I set for myself,” said Mitchell. “I was mad. And then I didn’t know what was going to happen with my Arizona offer even though I was committed. But, Rich Rod reassured me that everything was ok."

Mitchell said he took extra classes to graduate early, but about a month before he was supposed to sign, he was told “they {University of Arizona) were going to greyshirt me.”

A ‘greyshirt’ is when an incoming freshman postpones enrollment in classes until the second term freshman year.

While focusing on his recovery to become “110%” by the time he got to the University of Arizona, another possible problem was thrown his way. Coach Rich Rodriguez, who recruited Mitchell, was let go from the program.

“Yea, I worried a lot. I didn’t know Sumlin,” said Mitchell. “I didn’t know any of the new people he brought over so I didn’t know where I stood.”

The concern didn’t stop Mitchell’s conditioning. He has shared his hard work in videos from the gym posted on his Twitter and Instagram over the last year.

“I really still don’t know any of the new coaches or anything but I can’t complain,” said Mitchell. “I’m blessed to be in my position no matter what.”

“I’m looking forward to proving myself right. I set very high expectations and goals for myself and I’m looking forward to achieving those,” said Mitchell. “I got a lot of people looking up to me and I can’t let them down. And my mom and family deserves to be at ease through all the stuff she’s had to sacrifice and go through.”

Mitchell said he will be on campus January 6th.

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