May 30, 2011

Ga. big man on Tide's radar

PINSON | After recently signing a six-man recruiting class, the University of Alabama doesn't have a lot of scholarships at its disposal for the 2011 class, but it could use a big man and Charles Mitchell is on the Crimson Tide's radar.

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Marietta, Ga., has over 20 scholarship offers with no favorites yet, but he likes what he's seen from the Alabama program.

"They have a great coaching staff," Mitchell said. "I got to see them play on TV a lot, and I can tell they treat their big men really well, offensively and defensively. They're big men get involved in every play, and that's what I really like, to get involved."

The four-star prospect hasn't met with UA head coach Anthony Grant or been to Tuscaloosa yet, but with the success at the end of last year and the recruiting class Alabama just signed, he's intrigued with the direction the Crimson Tide is headed in.

"They're going in a great direction," Mitchell said. "They just got Nick (Jacobs) from South Atlanta, the great big man out of Georgia, so they're going in a great direction and getting bigs at Alabama. It's a good thing. They show they really care about their big men."

Mitchell and Jacobs, who are both originally from Atlanta, are friends off the court and played against each other numerous times on the court.

As for Mitchell, other schools who have offered include Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Xavier. The Georgia native is just looking for the right fit.

"In my recruitment, I'm looking at where I fit in athletic-wise in a program," Mitchell said. "Am I a good fit at the position I play? Will I fit into their style of play? The second thing is academics and finding a school where the surroundings are good for me academic-wise."

Mitchell expects to visit Tuscaloosa sometime in mid-June and plans to narrow his list in July before making a decision. He would like to sign with a school during the early signing period in November.

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The recruitment for Birmingham Storm Elite teammates JaCorey Williams and Deondre Haynes is beginning to pick up.

Williams, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound wing player, currently has offers from East Carolina and Murray State but is hearing from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Ole Miss and Tennessee among other schools.

The UA coaching staff has been keeping an eye on the in-state prospect since last summer.

"They've been telling me they need shooters, somebody who can knock shots down, and they feel like I could come in and do that," Williams said. "They're pretty straight forward. They tell you exactly what they need, what they expect from you, so I like them."

Williams grew up a Crimson Tide fan and said Alabama would be one of his top choices if it were to offer.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.





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