6-5 Tevin Mack of Dreher, his mother and his brother made a visit to USC Thursday afternoon and sat down with Gamecock basketball coach Frank Martin, and during that meeting Martin made Mack an official offer. Martin had indicated to Mack for some time that an offer would be made but he was nonetheless relieved when it was made official.
“I was a little excited,” Mack said. “It was a long time coming so I was pretty excited about it. They told me before I was going to get it they just didn’t say when so I was kind of expecting it.”
Mack has cut his list to Clemson, USC, Georgia, VCU, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. He has not yet set dates for official visits but he plans to take trips to Clemson, USC, VCU and Georgia. If he hasn’t made a decision by the time he visits those four, he’ll take a fifth visit.
Mack said all the schools on his list are staying in regular contact and he doesn’t have an order to the schools no a leader.
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“I’m trying to figure out where I can go and play right away,” Mack said. “I’ve got portfolios on every school and I know their players and who they’ve offered and who they are recruiting because I did a lot of research on that and I know where I can come in and fit in right away.”
USC has the hometown advantage over the others and that can be a double-edge sword for the Gamecocks because Mack can see everything up close that goes on in the program, both good and bad.
“I always have to consider the hometown school but it’s not an advantage for them,” Mack said. ‘I grew up in Columbia and that’s always important but I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage.”
Perhaps the most important part of the visit for the Gamecocks was that Mack’s mother had the chance to meet Martin for the first time.
“I think she changed her outlook on him,” Mack said. “The media makes him out to be a bad guy but he’s actually a real good guy. She likes him actually.”
Mack plans to sign in November.