Charles Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound power forward from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, is mulling various offers and plans to sign in the spring.
The Rivals No. 12 big man in the Class of 2012, Mitchell told SNY.tv that Maryland, Tennessee, Florida State, Seton Hall, Florida, Memphis and Cincinnati were the schools recruiting him the hardest.
Ole Miss and Mississippi State are also involved.
Wheeler begins playing in the state tournament next weekend, so Mitchell may visit a school the first weekend in March, with other visits to follow.
“I’ll most likely plan a visit the first weekend in March,” he said.
He has already taken unofficials to Seton Hall, Tennessee and Georgia.
Mitchell said he’s close friends with Tennessee freshman Jarnell Stokes but that that “wouldn’t affect my decision.”
Seton Hall will need a low-post scorer next year after Herb Pope leaves.
“I know they have great guards, a great backcourt, that young kid [Aaron Cosby] they have up there,” Mitchell said of Seton Hall. “They’re looking for a low-post scorer when Herb leaves.”
Wherever he lands, that’s what Mitchell plans to bring.
“I’m going to be a low-post scorer and offensive and defensive rebounder,” he said. “That’s what I am right now.”
Mitchell said he plans to sign in April but remains open as of now.
“I’m looking for the best fit for me,” he said.
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