The recruitment of Wheeler High (Ga.) power forward Charles Mitchell, arguably the No. 1 remaining target on Maryland’s 2012 recruiting list, has maintained a deliberate pace for several months. But that’s soon to change, Mitchell told InsideMDSports.com.
“I was going to schedule my first visit this weekend, but we had our region championship game. And then I wanted to schedule on next weekend, but we’ll be playing in our first state game. So the weekend after that, I’ll be taking my first visit,” said Mitchell, the No. 87 player in the Class of 2012 per 247Sports.com.
“I don’t know where I’m going to go yet. I have to talk to my coach and my mom about it, but I am going to take my first visit that weekend.”
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound wide-body who’s averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds, plans to take three or four visits and make a decision in late March. He said Maryland, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Florida and Virginia are in the mix. The Terps will definitely be getting a visit.
“Maryland is going to be one of my remaining visits. I just talked to [assistant coach Bino Ranson] last week. He was just letting me know they want me to come up for a visit and they could really use someone like me,” he said.
Mitchell, who also spoke with coach Mark Turgeon two weeks ago, has been watching the Terps and has noted their need for low-post reinforcements.
“I think I’d fit in perfectly there as a low-post scorer and defensive rebounder,” he said. “I also played against Shaquille Cleare a few times and became close friends with him.”
Though its typically challenging for Maryland to pull top prospects from the South, Mitchell maintains location won’t be an issue.
“I just want to find where the best situation is for me,” he said. “Wherever I can fit in best, the playing style and my relationship with the coaches.”