Faces in KS: Trevion Mitchell

Mitchell is one of the states best defenders. (photo: Jacob Issacson Photography)
By: Conor Nicholl for Sports in Kansas w/ Chet Kuplen
Aug 12, 2019

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Maize South junior quarterback Colin Shields has known Mavericks senior defensive back Trevion Mitchell since they went to the same day care around five to six years old. Shields has seen Mitchell develop into one of the Kansas’ best players in the secondary.

“Especially in high school, he has helped me out, and he has been a great leader to have on our team,” Shields said. “And he’s just a great guy to be around also, I’d say, he is one of the most athletic guys on our team as well.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Mitchell earned Sports in Kanas first team all-state all-class non-senior honors in 2018, all Class 5A defensive back and ranks among the state’s best athletes. None of the Class 6A and 4A KPreps first team all-state defensive backs return from ’18, though three of the 5A DBs do – Mitchell, Great Bend’s Dalton Miller and Aquinas’ Kordin Harris.

Mitchell has posted a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical. He has received the most interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, North Dakota State and South Dakota.

Mitchell, who can bench 235 pounds, squat 335, and clean 275,  has official offers from Fort Scott, Butler Community College, Bethel College, Sterling College, Wayne State, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Kearney, Central Missouri, Southwestern Oklahoma State and Morningside (Ia.) College.

Last year, he helped Maize South, after a 0-3 start, finish 6-4. Maize South earned a 23-22 double-overtime victory in Week 7 versus Goddard, the eventual Class 4A state runner-up. The Mavericks are among the 5A contenders this year with a bulk of great talent, including Shields, offensive lineman Cody Fayette and defensive lineman Zach Saville. Fayette has committed to South Dakota. Maize South returns four offensive and nine defensive starters.

Brent Pfeifer has served as head coach since the program’s inception in ’09 and won at least eight games every year from ’12-17, including a school mark 10-2 record in ’16. However, the Mavericks have never made a state finale – and could do so for the first time this fall.

“My goals are to win regionals and make it further than any other year, and have six interceptions,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell called Deion Sanders, a Hall of Fame cornerback, his role model. Mitchell’s lock-down defense has helped Maize South post top-10 scoring defenses in its respective classifications in the last three years, the first two in Class 4A, Division I and last fall in 5A. The Mavericks permitted 21.8 points per contest in ’18.

Maize South’s defense held five offenses under their scoring average in all other games when the opponent didn’t play the Mavericks. That included Goddard, when scored 25.8 points per game when it didn’t face Maize South.

On a per-game basis, the Mavericks’ pass defense normally held the opponent under their normal efficiency in many contests. In Week 2, Maize South limited Andover to a 53.2 rating, the Trojans’ second-worst of the year. The following week, Valley Center had a 66 rating, its fourth lowest.

“My ability to cover, read routes, and break on balls,” Mitchell said of his best strengths.

In Week 4, Maize South played Arkansas City and Cevin Clark, one of the better signal callers in the 2019 class. The Mavericks held him to an 84.4 rating, his fifth-lowest mark. Andover Central also had their fifth-lowest rating versus Maize South.

Goddard Eisenhower had a 27.3 passer rating on 36 pass attempts, Wichita North posted a 67.6 on seven attempts, and Wichita Heights was 0 of 2 versus Maize South.

Mitchell picked off two passes versus Eisenhower and one in a Week 9 bracket win versus Andover. Maize South lost to Andover, 20-3, in Week 2, and then defeated the Trojans, 21-17. Mitchell picked up two interceptions as a sophomore and four as a junior.

“My favorite thing about football is getting interceptions, and locking down key players,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell Q&A

How did you get involved in football?

My dad got me involved in football when I was a kid. He would always watch it and play with me in the yard.

What are your goals this season?

My goals are to win regionals and make it further than any other year, and have 6 interceptions.

Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?

Yes I believe we can make it further than years in the past.

What makes you such a force as a player?

My ability to cover, read routes, and break on balls.

What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?

It’s a great atmosphere, the stands are always full, and fans are really loud.

For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?

Because I play with energy that is exciting to watch, also my teammates and I work nonstop to be the best we can be as a team.

Who are other key players on your team?

I believe there are a lot of key players on my team, but some of the standouts consist of Colin Shields, Calvin Benefield, and Cody Fayette

Favorite thing about football?

My favorite thing about football is getting interceptions, and locking down key players.

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?

I run track and my events are the 100, 200, 4x1, and 4x4.

What is it like to play for your coach?

I have loved playing for coach Pfeifer since 5th grade and it has been very rewarding having coach Pfeifer at the varsity level.

What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?

We lifted everyday, worked out at the field as much as possible, had senior led practices, and team camp.

What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?

I’m getting a lot of attention from division 2 and FCS schools. I want to play football at the next level but have not decided where yet.

Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?

I like to Hangout with friends and go fishing.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I hope to be a physician’s assistant

Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?

My favorite subject is health science. I am a hard working student, and have a GPA of 3.3.

Who is your role model?

Deion Sanders

Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?

Freddy’s

One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?

One thing the average person might not know about me is I was born in Colorado.