Effort to Compete Pays Off

Terrance Mitchell, the 5-11, 175-pound cornerback from Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank, has shown he's not afraid to compete, putting in some miles going to various camps and combines to make a name for himself, and it's paid off with a scholarship offer and much more attention...

Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank cornerback Terrance Mitchell (5-11, 175) has been one of the busier campers out west in the past few months.

Mitchell attended the U.S. Army Combine, the Scout/Badger 7on7 Camp and a pair of UnderArmour Combines, and he still has the Nike Camps and Scout Combines on the docket. That doesn't even take into account the team camps.

In other words, Mitchell is eager to get out and compete.

"I'm trying to figure out which of the schools are the most interested because I'll be at their camps," said Mitchell. "I just want to get out there and show what I can do and show what kind of talent I have."

Washington State became the first school to offer Mitchell and a few more could be on the verge.

"I think Boise State, Washington and Oregon are kind of close and pretty much everyone in the Pac-10 is interested. I'm going down to USC for their Rising Stars Camp and UCLA said they will be coming by in the spring to check me out," said Mitchell. "I've received some new interest from UNLV and Colorado State, too."

Mitchell said he doesn't have a favorite, but has a handful of schools he's particularly interested in.

"I'd say my top schools are Washington State, Washington, Oregon, USC, Boise State, Cal, UCLA and Oregon State," said Mitchell.

Mitchell attended Cal's Junior Day and got good feedback. "I was at Cal's Junior Day a few weeks ago and they said they were going to come down in the spring and that they want me to come down to their camp," said Mitchell. "Their spring game was mixed together with Junior Day."

And Washington State got a major leg up in offering Mitchell first. "I was real excited because it was my first one, but it kind of hit me that I'm coming up," said Mitchell. "I'm going to get out there to Washington State this summer and the coach said he was going to come out here, too."

Mitchell isn't in a rush to decide, though. "I want to take some visits, and I don't want to make it real early because I want to see what my options are," said Mitchell.

Mitchell first caught our attention last spring as a sophomore, when he earned First Team all-Combine honors at the Oakland Scout.com Combine. As a junior, he had 38 tackles, two interceptions for touchdowns, a forced fumble, 10 breakups and seven touchdowns overall and earned All-Metro First Team honors for Burbank, who fell to Grant in the D-II finals of the CIF-Sac Joaquin Section playoffs.

Mitchell took the SAT last weekend and his GPA is around a 3.0.

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