Frank Martin and South Carolina are about to find out if their efforts have paid off.
Two local Top-100 players, Spring Valley High’s P.J. Dozier and Dreher’s Tevin Mack, will make their college decisions on the first two days of the early signing period. Dozier, a 6-foot-7 guard who is the No. 34 recruit in the country, and Mack, a 6-6 small forward who is ranked No. 77, have the Gamecocks among their finalists.
Dozier has scheduled a press conference for around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Spring Valley. Mack will sign at noon on Thursday.
Mack said on Tuesday that although he took an official visit to South Carolina a couple weeks ago and liked it a lot, he is not prepared to make a decision at this time.
Martin can’t talk about specific unsigned recruits but was asked on Monday if he felt good about the recruiting process that he and his staff have performed since arriving at USC.
“I’m in a very good place mentally right now because of the work our assistants have done,” Martin said. “I can tell you this – I’m extremely proud of the work our staff has done, recruiting locally and nationally. We’re dancing with the big boys right now in that world of recruiting.”
Dozier is choosing among USC, Louisville, North Carolina, Michigan and Georgetown.
Mack is choosing among USC, Clemson, Georgia, Virginia Commonwealth and defending national champion Connecticut.
Dozier’s father and Spring Valley coach Perry Dozier confirmed Monday night that his son had made his college choice. The Dozier family members are the only ones who know the choice. Not even the winning school has been told.
“It’s relief and satisfaction,” Perry Dozier said of having the decision made.
“He’s satisfied. We’re satisfied. The bottom line is, we sat down for three to four hours and it came down to him. We got it done.”
Phil Kornblut contributed to this story.