South Carolina has three current basketball recruiting targets, and each is getting closer on his decision.
Seventh Woods of Hammond on Thursday told MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com that he will make his college announcement at a press conference at his school on Nov. 11, the first day of the early signing period.
Woods wants to join his teammate Chevez Goodwin, who is headed to the College of Charleston, in making his announcement at his school.
Woods said he is still considering USC, North Carolina and Georgetown, the three schools he visited officially. USC was the last official taking place last weekend.
“South Carolina was a great time,” Woods told the website. “It’s my hometown, but there was a lot of stuff I didn’t experience like the campus, the new dorms. I had an outstanding time with the team and the players. It was a great time in my hometown.”
Woods said he enjoyed his other two official visits as well and all three programs made him feel a part of their family.
“I felt perfect with all three teams,” he said. “That’s really a key part in my decision.”
As for Internet speculation and rumors regarding his plans, Woods debunked the talk of being a silent commitment to any school.
“I haven’t talked to any coach about where I’m gong to go,” Woods said. “It’s still wide open for everybody right now. I’ve built a relationship with all three coaches and they are all great guys. It’s going to be tough telling (two of them) I’m not coming.”
USC also remains in the mix for 6-foot-10 Sedee Keita of Philadelphia. He has taken official visits to USC and Temple and is also looking at Penn State and Providence.
“It was a good visit, I had fun and saw a lot of things,” Keita said of last weekend’s visit to Temple. “It’s a place where I can go and have a chance to play right away. And it’s in my hometown and my family can come see me play and stuff like that.”
Keita said he’s in regular contact with USC and talked with assistant coach Matt Figger and talked with him earlier in the week.
“Everyone is pretty much saying how much they need me there or I can be an impact player at South Carolina,” he said.
Keita said he has no timetable on a decision and no favorite.
This weekend USC will play host to 6-foot-10 Dewan Huell of Miami. He visited Miami and Florida State the past two weekends, and USC will be his final official visit of the fall. His parents will join him on the visit.
“I like the program and I’m really cool with the coaches,” Huell said of the Gamecocks. “[Frank Martin] coaches like my high school coach.”
Huell said he had good visits to Miami and Florida State, and they remain on his list. He said he’s not sure when he’ll make his decision, and he’s not sure if he’ll sign in November.