Cougs first to offer Cali corner

WASHINGTON STATE has been recruiting him since last fall when they saw the junior cornerback shut down one side of the field under the Friday Night Lights. As he sent WSU more and more tape, he saw more and more interest from the Cougs in return. And on Wednesday, Washington State became the first school to extend a scholarship offer. "I was just hoping it wasn't an April Fools joke," he laughed.

It wasn't. Terrance Mitchell out of Sacramento was offered by WSU on Wednesday. The Burbank High standout said he called Jody Sears and the Cougar assistant gave him the good news.

"He liked what he saw in me, I'm kind of tall and kind of long (5-11.5, 175) and I just kept in contact with him -- it's been real close, emailing and stuff. I sent them film, they liked it, I sent them more film and they liked that too and made the decision to offer me. I was really happy about it. It's my first one," said Mitchell.

MITCHELL EARNED first team All-Metro honors as a junior and has been a rising prospect this offseason.

"Wazzu, I know last year they had a down season but they have a new coaching staff and they're just rebuilding. So I think that would be a perfect opportunity for me -- they need athletes to come in and try to fill a spot and bring them back up. And I think I would be perfect for that," said Mitchell.

Mitchell however said he hopes to garner more offers before beginning his decision making process. He said he's hearing steadily from most of the Pac-10, including USC, UCLA and ASU but has not yet been offered by anyone other than Wazzu. Being in California, he and his father Terrance Sr. also expressed a strong affinity towards USC.

"I went down there for the Under Armor combine last weekend and I talked to Jethro Franklin, the d-line coach and I'm supposed to be going back down there for the Rising Stars camp in June...they want me to come down there and compete in front of them before they offer me," said Mitchell.

MITCHELL SAID plans on going to 3-4 school camps this summer in addition to the one at USC but is undecided on which ones he'll attend. He said Washington State remains a definite possibility although it's a couple states away.

"It's kind of a tossup, I'm trying to see who's really interested in me so I can show my interest in them. Arizona State is showing a lot of interest, I've been talking to Oregon, they were the school that first showed interest in me in the 9th grade...I would really like to go down to (Florida) too...Washington State, I'm thinking about hitting that," said Mitchell.

He also plans on attending and NIKE camps.

"Jody Sears, he seems like a real friendly coach but he could be on you, too, it's not going to be all fun. And I like my coaches like that, to be strict on me. And it sounds like a family atmosphere (at WSU)...I like all the coaches I've been talking to. I'm trying to see whatever other offers I can get," said Mitchell.

MITCHELL IS also trying to graduate early from high school, which would enable him to enroll at at a college in January, go through spring ball and then a voluntary summer conditioning program before his first fall camp.

"I'm on pace, I'm trying to get it done," said Mitchell.

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