Just because you are young, doesn't mean the coaches aren't watching.
Case and point — Shelton Mitchell.
The 2014 point guard has been on South Carolina's radar for a while now as a result of him playing up in age.
Now, he has an offer from the Gamecocks — his second one in a week.
"It felt good," the Cuthbertson High (Waxhaw, N.C.) guard said. "The first SEC school to offer, it's a great conference. It felt good that someone in the SEC is offering."
Mitchell got an offer on a visit to Columbia Tuesday night. He had been to campus before with former Team United members that South Carolina is also recruiting, but this was his first time taking a solo trip.
"With South Carolina, I'm excited," he said of the visit. "I've never taken an unofficial by myself. I got to meet the players and meet with the coaches and got to see the facilities. And I got to meet with the advisers.
"The facilities are real good. Real nice. They almost look brand new. I know the academic center is brand new. And the facilities are real big. A lot of players have gotten better with them."
South Carolina was the first school to really "show love" to Mitchell. Assistant coach Mike Boynton can be credited with that.
"Coach Boynton is real cool. When I first came down (to North Carolina), South Carolina was on me," he said. "He was watching me in an open run when he was watching some older guys. He's a good guy, and we have a good relationship. He talks to me all the time."
Mitchell also got to really sit down and talk in-depth with South Carolina's man in charge — coach Darrin Horn. It's not the first time he got to talk to him, but it was the first time he got to really have a thorough conversation the way he wanted to with Horn.
"He thinks I'll be able to do well in his system at South Carolina. He's gotten a lot of players better," Mitchell said. "He says to keep working on my jump shot and keep it consistent. He thinks I have a lot of potential to grow."
Mitchell took a visit to Wake Forest last week and followed that up with a trip to the local school, UNC Charlotte. Charlotte was his first official offer.
"I visited UNC Charlotte on Friday, and I kind of had a feeling I was going to have an offer," he said. "They told me I was going to be their No. 1 option.
"I went Wake last week. Wake is nice. From what my coach says, he thinks an offer is coming soon, but I'm not sure. They said they have a limited list in the 2014 class for North Carolina."
Mitchell played 15s last summer with Team United, but this year, he switched gears and played with his own age group with the CP3 All-Stars 15s.
"I thought playing with CP3 gave me a good opportunity to play in some big tournaments, and it gave me a chance to play in the EYBL and the Nike leagues," he said. "I thought it would help me being able to play with the best."
He's preparing to switch gears for the high school season where his team returns an underclassmen-led team to take the charge as sophomores and juniors this year.
"Taking things that I've learned from CP3 and taking it into High school," he said about the things he plans to utilize from CP3 to high school. "I look forward to the upcoming season and trying to win conference and district."
As far as the schools that are already showing interest in the 6-foot-2 Mitchell, he feels that staying consistent in his recruitment will keep the schools in his recruitment in the long run.
"It'll be nice to have a school stay around," Mitchell said. "I'm not ready to make a decision or anything, but any school offering right now is definitely going to be in it when I'm making my decision in the future."
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