Mutcherson has 'Great' Return Trip

A day after helping Tampa (Fla.) Freedom defeat Ruskin (Fla.) Lennard in the regular season finale, T.J. Mutcherson made a return visit to North Carolina.

"Everything went great," Mutcherson said. "It was nice."

Mutcherson, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback, arrived in Chapel Hill on Saturday afternoon. After having lunch with the other visiting recruits, he observed the pre-game warm-ups and festivities.

"It was senior night," Mutcherson said. "I noticed how many seniors they called and they didn't call that many seniors; they called maybe nine or ten seniors. I was thinking that this was a young team and maybe the program would be something the next year or two and maybe win a championship."

Mutcherson, who camped at UNC in June, then watched as UNC pulled out a 33-24 victory over Miami.

"It was a great atmosphere," Mutcherson said of the game. "I like how the fans when I got there were saying ‘T.J., are you going to be coming to UNC?' They were really into the game – like on third down they get crazy."

After the game, Mutcherson headed to the locker room where he met several players and conversed with childhood friend Mywan Jackson.

"I got a chance to catch up on some things with Mywan," Mutcherson said. "He told me he really liked it up there."

Outside of exchanging pleasantries, Mutcherson didn't get a chance to chat with Butch Davis or any of UNC's assistant coaches. He did, though, speak at length with Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel.

"[Berry] just talked about how it would be if I became a Tar Heel and how he can't wait for me to make my final decision," Mutcherson said.

Mutcherson has narrowed his focus to three schools: Central Michigan, UNC, and Rutgers.

"Everything is pretty much equal right now," Mutcherson said. "… When I take my official visits, that's when I'm going to make my decision. I'll take my official visits after the season, so [the coaches] can focus on me."

Mutcherson only plans to officially visit his three finalists. He's still in the planning stages with Central Michigan and UNC, but has scheduled an official trip with Rutgers for the weekend of Dec. 3

Freedom begins the playoffs Friday with a match-up against Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside. Mutcherson, whose primary use this season is on offense, ended the regular season with 23 receptions for 517 yards and two touchdowns and one interception on defense. He also returned three kickoffs for scores, while maintaining a 28-yard return average.

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