Phil Kornblut

USC basketball target Eric Cobb cancels extra visit; decision day set

The pursuit of center Eric Cobb of Jacksonville by South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin appears to be on the verge of paying off.

Cobb (6-10) had planned to take another official visit to his weekend, possibly to Massachusetts, but his coach said Friday that Cobb has scratched his travel plans and will announce a commitment on Monday afternoon.

The signs, according to his coach, are pointing to the Gamecocks.

“He wants to hold it a secret but I would say South Carolina is in good shape,” said Nick Myles, Cobb’s coach at St. Francis Prep in Baltimore. “He was looking for a connection with the coaching staff and did want to be close to home so his family can see him, and that’s why South Carolina is in good shape.”

Myles said he talked with Martin Thursday and Martin has been in touch with Cobb this week.

Cobb made an official visit to USC in late April. He also looked at Seton Hall and VCU after decommitting from Kansas State in April.