Mutcherson Will Leave Tampa

T.J. Mutcherson says he was misquoted in a recent newspaper article. If anything, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound corner from Tampa (Fla.) Freedom would prefer to play college ball away from his hometown.

"[Location] really isn't going to play a role [in my collegiate decision]," Mutcherson said. "Actually, I really don't want to stay here [in Tampa], because I want to get out on my own and become a man."

The discrepancy came on the heels of Mutcherson receiving his first scholarship offer – from North Carolina.

"They told me during the camp they were thinking about offering me," Mutcherson said of the UNC staff. "… And then it took a week and a half for the official letter to come."

The scholarship offer, however, comes with an academic disclaimer.

"They want to see how I do in the first semester," Mutcherson said. "They told me to send my report card to them after the first semester."

A couple of other schools are close to offering Mutcherson a scholarship offer of their own.

"Rutgers is looking at me hard and then I go to a three-day camp at Florida State starting Monday," Mutcherson said. "Florida State said they're going to offer me too if I come up there and perform like I did at North Carolina."

Before heading to Tallahassee, Mutcherson will camp at South Florida this weekend.

Mutcherson attended UNC's three-day camp in mid-June. Throughout the camp, he drew praise from UNC's coaching staff, including Butch Davis.

"I came up there for safety and they had moved me to cornerback," Mutcherson said. "The thing that surprised them was my footwork – I have very quick feet."

Mutcherson worked out under the guidance of both Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator, and Troy Douglas, UNC's secondary coach and Mutcherson's primary recruiter.

"As far as the DB coaching staff – I don't know about the rest of the coaching staff – they have the best," Mutcherson said. "I learned a lot when I went up there. When I came back [home], I put in all the work and all the kids were like ‘Darn, where'd you learn all that stuff from?' I learned a lot from Coach Douglas and [Withers]."

Mutcherson left Chapel Hill liking a lot about UNC.

"North Carolina was the first school that I've really been to and really looked at," Mutcherson said. "I thought North Carolina is a great school with great coaching staff, great campus, and great football players. Throughout the camp, I thought it was a great camp and a great experience for me."

Mutcherson says he doesn't have a leader, but is strongly considering all the Florida schools, plus Michigan, UNC, and Rutgers.

"Those all have great football programs and some of them I have friends there," Mutcherson said.

Tar Heel freshman Mywan Jackson is Mutcherson's friend in Chapel Hill.

"I played little league with him," Mutcherson said. "I basically grew up with him. I've known him since he was six years old.

"I've talked to him since he got there and he said he likes it a lot. He told me it's hard – it's way different than high school."

Mutcherson plans to establish a top five list of schools after his senior football season. After taking his five official visits, he'll make a verbal commitment.

During the season, Mutcherson will look to visit Michigan and Rutgers, and return to both Florida State and UNC.

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