It's too soon to know if USC will land 6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL but the Gamecocks certainly helped themselves with what they showed him and his mother during his official visit that concluded Saturday.
"They showed us an excellent time," Henry's mother Andrea Dawson said. "They really did their thing. We saw everything. I could tell by how he was acting he was really comfortable."
Ms. Dawson and her daughter live in Augusta and she likes the idea of her son being just an hour away for college. "Me and his sister are his biggest fans," she said. "I'd like to be there and be at every home game rooting him on. I like the situation at South Carolina. The program, the staff, it's a family oriented place. Frank Martin, Mrs. Martin, coach Evans, the whole staff."
USC was the first of three visits Henry plans to make. He will go to South Florida this coming weekend and to Miami after the Hurricanes complete their NCAA Tournament play. Miami coach Jim Larranaga has been the only head coach to visit with Ms. Dawson at her home.
Henry's mother said as far as she's concerned, there is a front runner. "I can't speak on his behalf," she said, "but I've got USC up front."