4-Star DB Keeping the Bulls in the Mix

One of the top recruits in Florida this year is CB Terrence Mitchell from Hillsborough High School. He's at the top of the Bulls recruiting board and is receiving interest from programs across the county with over 20 offers. Find out what he thinks of USF, what coach is recruiting him and when he plans on making a decision. Only on USFNation.com!

Terrence Mitchell, Hillsborough high's standout two-way football player and track star is slowly becoming one of the hottest prospects in the state. The 5'10-165 pound athlete just finished track season, and kicked off spring football last week with all kinds of college coaches on hand for practices.

"Yes sir a lot have been stopping by," said Mitchell. "Ohio State, Georgia, FSU, Marshall, West Virginia, Alabama, USF, and a whole bunch more were by this week."

Last month the talented DB only had a short list of offers, but things have changed since then.

"I have about 20 offers," said Mitchell. "Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, South Florida, Duke, Tennessee, Miami have all offered, and Ohio State and Michigan State were the most recent."

Mitchell also said that there are plenty of other schools showing him interest and telling him that offers should be coming soon.  With all the attention the talented DB isn't ready to name a favorite or even a list of top suitors.

"I haven't been able to build a relationship with all the schools yet, so I really don't have a top 5 or even a top 10 right now," said Mitchell. "There are schools that offered that I haven't really talked with, and there are other standouts who haven't offered me yet."  

Last season Mitchell finished his junior year with 43 tackles and two interceptions at defensive back. On offense he played wide receiver and had 15 catches for 400 yards and two scores.

"Schools like FSU and Florida are looking at me at corner, and schools like USF and Duke are looking at me as both receiver and corner."

Terrence is currently rated the 5th best cornerback in Scout.com's latest Top 300, and thinks that where he'll probably end up.

"I'll most likely be playing corner, but I wouldn't mind playing a little receiver too. I like to play defense a bit more because I like contact, and like to hit people. "

Mitchell who's style of play earned him the nickname of T-Rex has been offered by every Florida school, saying that all of them are in the mix, but says he's not opposed to leaving the state.

"I got my mind open and if it came down to it, I could leave the state."

Hillsborough high is right in the backyard of USF and Mitchell's recruiting coordinator is Coach Larry Scott and says they have a good relationship.

"He's a good guy and says they really like me and the way I play, my aggressiveness, the speed I bring and that they could really use me. I also met Coach Leavitt, he's different that's all I'll say."

The talented two-way player is also very close with another Hillsborough speedster, teammate Lindsey Lamar who committed to play for the Bulls after last season, and the two have similar styles of play with lots of speed.

"Lindsey is my cousin, we been close since we were little," said Mitchell. "He's been a bit faster than me the last couple of years."

With the closeness of the South Florida campus, and his cousin Lindsey, Terrence knows some about the Bulls program.

"I kind of know more about them than I do about other schools. If I ask he tells me about them, but I haven't really gotten into asking questions or really gotten into it yet."

Terrence attended USF's spring game with his cousin and got to watch the team play. He's also played with Lindsey the last three years and talk about possibly doing so in the future.

"We talk about playing together sometimes, but he's not going to push me. He wants me to make my own decision, because it's me who has to play at the school."

The Hillsborough speedster also excels in track as a standout 100 meter runner, long and triple jumper, as well as a 330 hurdles runner. He says track is something he would like to do in college also.

"We just finished track, my fastest time in the 100 is 10.5. I came in second on the long and the triple, and in the 300 hurdle I came in 5th. When I go to college I want to be able to run track and play football."

When he's ready to decide, Terrence says there are things he is looking for that we'll help in his decision.

"I want to feel comfortable wherever I go, with the players, and the coaches. I'll also be asking how long the coach has been there, and how long of a contract he has. There are all kinds of little things that come into play."

Don't look for an early decision from Terrence as he intends on taking all of his official visits, and will busy camping this summer.

"I'll be going to the Florida state camp for sure, than probably going to the Tennessee and Georgia camp. I'll probably be attending USF's SuperBull camp also. I like to have a top 10 or 15 by this fall."

Stick with USFNation.com, as we follow Terrence through his summer camping schedule.


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