USC is in hot pursuit of 6-4 shooting guard Mike Taylor of Brooklyn. Taylor said the Gamecocks have offered along with Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Providence, Maryland and Indiana. He's also getting interest from Penn State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Miami, Florida and Illinois.
"South Carolina is pretty high on my list," Taylor said. "I went down there for a tournament in Myrtle Beach last year and I liked the environment. I haven't seen the school. I like their style of play. The coach looks like he lets his kids play, so I like that."
Taylor said he hears a lot from USC assistant coach Mike Boynton and has talked to head coach Darrin Horn two or three times. He plans to take some visits this summer and will sit down with his coach at some point and decide where he will go.
Taylor averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in the regular season and is averaging 25 points per game in the playoffs. He led his team to the city championship and will play in the state championship March 28th.
Taylor said all the schools are recruiting him about the same. He does not have a favorite.