Recruiting Rewind: Terrell Mitchell disappointed with LSU, UGA

Despite constant contact with Georgia coaches, Kentucky-bound Terrell Mitchell of McEachern said he believes UGA led him on during the recruiting process. 

“They would call me once a week,” he said. “They weren’t trying to offer, so why did they waste my time? It got frustrating after a while. I can’t imagine playing for a team like that.”

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Mitchell, a tight end, is looking forward to playing at Kentucky. He talked to the AJC about the recruiting process.

Q. Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting?

A. LSU and Georgia. LSU was my hometown and I wanted to go back home. They were recruiting me at one point and the coach said I had a great practice, but then I didn’t talk to him for three months. They tried recruiting me again, but I told them it was too late. And UGA because I showed them a lot of interest. I wanted to go to UGA. I went to two games and brought my family up to show them where I may be playing and they never offered me a scholarship.

Q. What did you learn about the recruiting process?

A. It’s crazy. There are a lot of schools looking at you and it creates a lot of pressure. It’s hard to turn a school down and tell a coach you develop a relationship with that you are going to sign somewhere else.

Q. If you could give a junior only one piece of advice, what would it be?

A. Don’t commit to the first college that wants you. Wait until you know where you want to go.

Q. What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? 

A. Michigan. I wish they would have talked to me earlier. I took an official visit up there and it was just a different environment. I enjoyed it there. I got to meet the players and Coach Rich Rodriguez.

Q. What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process?
A. That I didn’t take all five official visits. [He went to Michigan and Kentucky.]

Q. What is the funniest thing any coach said to you ?

A. Coach Joker Phillips told me he [once] ran into a game when the coach pointed at someone else. He scored a touchdown on the play, but the coach took him out and yelled at him. He tried telling his coach that he scored and the coach yelled back, “I don’t care!”

Q. What was the best single experience you had on any of your recruiting trips? 

A. We were at a party in Kentucky, and the guys asked if I was going to talk to any girls and I said probably not. Everyone thought I was in college and when we got there they all yelled “Recruit.” I wasn’t expecting that.

Q. If you were in charge of the NCAA, what’s the one rule you would change with recruiting?

A. You should be able to go on more official visits than five. It’s hard to break it down to just five. Some recruits have more than five colleges they want to look at.

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  • 28 comments Add your comment

    H.S. Coach

    March 26th, 2009
    11:37 am

    I coached against this kid and while he’s talented, he’s no where near the level of the two studs UGA got.

    GeoffDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    11:42 am

    If he only took two visits, why does he care that the NCAA limits it to five? In any case, it was apparent from the get go that Georgia was targeting Orson Charles for the other tight end position and probably kept contact with Terrell as a possible backup. That’s just the way it goes. If Georgia doesn’t make any promises, then he’s got no beef. If he didn’t like them calling once a week, he had the power to tell them he wasn’t interested. I wish him luck at Kentucky but it’ll be difficult for him to jump up for passes with that chip on his shoulder.

    Big Chief73

    March 26th, 2009
    12:02 pm

    Obviously the kid doesn’t know the difference between the feeling out process and genuine interest. If the Bayou Bengals weren’t calling that much or UGA wasn’t kissing your behind the way you wanted, then good bet that they weren’t very interested. We are stacked at LSU with 5 or 6 tight ends. Good luck at Kentucky, but please learn the difference. Geaux Tigers

    Carolina Jacket

    March 26th, 2009
    12:53 pm

    I wish him well, but he surely doesn’t sound very excited about going to Kentucky.

    Kenny Powers

    March 26th, 2009
    1:23 pm

    This kid sounds like a complete meathead, good deal we didn’t get him. And with him going to Kentucky, he probably has lead for brains and wouldn’t make it academically.

    JB

    March 26th, 2009
    2:22 pm

    His high School coach should have been honest with him and let him know what his best bets were to play at the next level, and a top 10 program talent he was not. he would have had several offers if he was rated that high, as you can see , he was not. Good luck at Kentucky.

    Dawg97

    March 26th, 2009
    3:52 pm

    Glen, none of us Dawg fans are saying anything outrageous here so back down. People’s comments are pretty basic on what is a rather black and white issue.

    The bottomline, is we didn’t pull a Tech and actually offer the kid and then rescind it. CMR is class and while we’re smart enough to show interest in “Plan B” recruits like this kid, we’re obviously not going to offer if we feel we have a reasonably good chance to land a 5-star like Orson Charles. We landed Charles plus had another TE recruit higher rated than this guy so hey, he gets the consolation prize of Kentucky.

    Look, the glass is half full. You get a chance to play at a decent SEC school and you can become a big time target at UK. And you’ll get to play us every year in Athens or Lexington so if you want to use us not recruiting you as motivation for performance on the field, by all means, do so.

    I have no beef here because we didn’t step out of line and it sounds like LSU didn’t either. This is all a basic part of the process since every top notch school only has about 20-30 available spots, anyway.

    GeoffDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    4:05 pm

    How’s the view up there from your high horse Glen?

    Lew Hege

    March 26th, 2009
    5:17 pm

    Terrell needs to take a reality trip. Georgia signed two of the best TE’s in the nation and has a great one already in Athens. That neither LSU nor the Dawgs fawned over him should tell him he’s be better off playing on blue grass than in Death Valley or Between the Hedges.

    Einstein

    March 26th, 2009
    5:26 pm

    Let me offer an assessment. Two of the best programs in the SEC, LSU and Georgia did not offer. Kentucky did. I believe the answer is…NOT ROCKET SCIENCE!

    BS Patrol

    March 26th, 2009
    5:54 pm

    Dawg97, You pulled a scholarship from Moody & you know it. GA yanks ‘em worse than anyone. People in glass houses etc.

    DeltaDawg

    March 26th, 2009
    7:11 pm

    Kid wanted to go to Georgia – can’t blame him. He’s disappointed he wasn’t offered – can’t blame him. But we got two big-time TE recruits and he gets to be the man at UK, which is program on the rise. Good for him, good for us. As a local kid, I wish him well, and at 6′ 6″, I think he’ll do very well at UK.

    SlimG

    March 26th, 2009
    7:17 pm

    bspatrol, the kid was a bad seed. Don’t hate, it’s just part of the process. Why didn’t the kid go to Michigan? They never offered! Sounds like sour grapes.

    MDC

    March 26th, 2009
    8:18 pm

    Hey, BS Patrol, UGA doesn’t pull a scholarship often and not because a kid used one of his 5 visits. Moody screwed up and knew we were watching. I know the GT kid knew they were watching if he visited but Moody was a diff issue-the same issue you probably kill us for . Who else have we pulled them from. IT looks like this kid was alot like the Jones Kid from Conyers a 6′6 TE under weight and wanted a tier 1 but the tier 1’s have better options. This is the way it is in life (business) There is another one of these cases brewing right now with a JR you wants to go to but he also has flirted w/ FL and anyone else who offers. Sometimes you have to just let a kid go and let him and his parents(s) decide where to go.

    Gerry

    March 26th, 2009
    9:39 pm

    This kid must be out of his mind saying he was’nt real keen on LSU what kid would’nt be at this school instead of uga the wannbe.

    RAMBLE ON!!!

    March 26th, 2009
    9:46 pm

    They both pulled the offers rim rods, split the hairs all day long. Only a stupid mutt would keep pulling that one out.

    He’s disappointed because he’ll have to go to a couple of classes every once in a while now.

    brick

    March 27th, 2009
    7:52 am

    I understand Tech fans wanting to talk about their first win in 8 years, and I agree it was embarassing to lose to good high school team. But upsets happen, the year is half over and we won’t have to hear it anymore for another 7-8 years. The thing I don’t understand is why Tech fans keep boasting about how their athletes go to class, are smart and have much superior academics that UGA athletes but it was Tech playing academically ineligible players.

    falconman

    March 27th, 2009
    8:25 am

    Good luck Terrell. Apply yourself and make those grades. Take full advantage of this opportunity at KY.

    GeoffDawg

    March 27th, 2009
    9:06 am

    rambler – Terrell Mitchell himself said Georgia never offered. It’s right up at the top of this page. I think blind hate may be quite literal in your case.

    The Alpha Male

    March 27th, 2009
    9:59 am

    I wanted to play for LSU but I wanted to play for Georgia. This kid is brilliant.

    UCDAWG

    March 27th, 2009
    10:50 am

    I played with this guy for two years at McEachern, I am also a die hard UGA fan. I hate to hear T-Mitch talk like that, but on the other hand I saw his talent in person and I have to say that I think UGA might have missed on this one. Im not trying to say he is gonna win a heisman at UK but I believe he will contribute mightily to that program as they move forward. And as for everyone bad mouthing him on the internet here, grow up please.

    Shards 1967

    March 28th, 2009
    1:20 pm

    Current or more youthful Tech fans like to mention Jan Kemp. Fine. That was in the 80s and JUST BEFORE the time period when footbaler players Kevin Salibury, Jim Lavin and Mike Moody bludgeoned a smallish girl’s face in the old pizza joint at the corner of N Avenue and the interstate. Near to where the old Tech Motel used to be.
    A small girl had to have her face REBUILT and tons of SURGERY over and over. Yes, this was in the era of the lone National Campionship. In addition to working her over ( thank god she was smallish, so they could do the deed ) they beat up an off duty cop and her boyfriend who tried to stop it, standing there watching her go toe to toe with those animals. They were all around 245-280 and she around 115 pounds. Alum are proud of this Tech Moment.

    Ask ANY Tech grad around the age of 40 and they will not deny this. What happened as a result? Tech ALUMS paid through their noses to make it go away. Sean Salisbury was a Marist grad too. What a disgace and the three are forever Tech punks, like Houston and Hamilton and their Frosh rape artist of last year. You heard it here first!
    Prove one word of this false. You techers cannot!!!

    Alex

    March 28th, 2009
    7:59 pm

    What happened the last time LSU played UK? And at least Michigan (another school that offered) can beat Florida…something LSWho and Jawwwwwwwwga yee haw can’t do very often.

    fan01

    March 29th, 2009
    1:01 am

    terrell is a great player who lead mceachern to most of its wins without him they would have won about 2 games ( he beat marrietta practically by himself in the biggest rivalry game of the season and caught the game winning touchdown with 13 sec left over 3 defenders) basically what im trynna say is throughout the season he was double and triple teamed and still had 40 receptions plus he is strong and versaitale enough to spread out wide and play receiver with 4.5 forty i think he could go to any school in the nation and contribute well

    Roger Martin

    March 29th, 2009
    2:44 pm

    hey brick – since you are talking academics, pls let me know what’s so special about that “Housing” major at UGA. For the life of me, I can’t determine why 25 or more of the UGA football team is so interested in Housing….

    GeoffDawg

    March 29th, 2009
    11:17 pm

    Yes, but no one’s ever accused you of being overly bright Roger.

    Realit Check....

    March 30th, 2009
    11:19 am

    As usual, tech fans on here need a reality check….

    Rational Thinker

    March 30th, 2009
    11:30 am

    To those Tech fans that mistakenly say UGA pulled Moody’s scholly. He was expelled from his high school for threatening a teacher. He no longer qualifies for enrollment at UGA. He can’t get in. What UGA did was a favor to him because he can now choose his school without restriction. They could have held him to it, not admitted him, and then he would have no options. What CMR was admirable.

    Now why did Tech pull the scholly on the player this year?