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Mitch to trim list soon

Rivals250 quarterback Connor Mitch of Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield might not be close to making a commitment, but he is close to narrowing his list of potential schools.
According to Mitch, who holds more than a dozen offers, a top five or top three probably will come from him the week of April 16. "I have three more visits before I do it," Mitch told Rivals.com.
The first of those trips begins Friday, when Mitch heads to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida spring game. The following weekend, he will check out Alabama and Auburn on back-to-back days. The Gators have not yet offered, but the 6-feet-3, 210-pounder said he thinks "there's a good chance" it will happen this weekend.
Maryland and South Carolina were the most recent offers for Mitch. He visited the Gamecocks with fellow North Carolina prospects Corey Cooper and Lewis Neal last week.
"It was a good visit," Mitch said. "When we got there, we watched them scrimmage for a couple hours, and we saw the talents they have. Then they took us around the school, the academic center, the football facilities - all that stuff."
Mitch also met with coach Steve Spurrier while in Columbia.
"We were in Coach Spurrier's office for about 45 minutes," Mitch recalled. "We just talked with him. He was really down to earth. We talked about life, and about basketball. We talked about the Final Four and all that stuff. He was pretty easy to talk to."
A recent visit to LSU stands out, Mitch said. He was offered by Tigers coach Les Miles while in Baton Rouge.
"I had an awesome time down there," Mitch said. "The coaches are really chill and have a good time. They're not serious 24/7 like some coaches are. They're real easy to get along with."
Who is recruiting Mitch the hardest?
"Right now, I'd probably say LSU, South Carolina and North Carolina," Mitch said. "I mean, [LSU assistant Steve Kragthorpe] wants me to call him about every other day to check in and talk, tell him what's going on. UNC stays in contact with me a lot, too. Coach [Blake] Anderson, the QB coach. At South Carolina, Coach [G.A.] Mangus and Coach [Joe] Robinson send me a lot of messages on Facebook."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.