RECRUITING CORNER

USC gets commitment for 2020 from Myrtle Beach QB Doty

BY PHIL KORNBLUT
Posted 8/8/18

The University of South Carolina football program continued to build the talent for its quarterback room with a commitment last week from 2020 recruit Luke Doty (6-feet-2-inches, 190 pounds) of Myrtle Beach High School.

The commitment came a day …

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RECRUITING CORNER

USC gets commitment for 2020 from Myrtle Beach QB Doty

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The University of South Carolina football program continued to build the talent for its quarterback room with a commitment last week from 2020 recruit Luke Doty (6-feet-2-inches, 190 pounds) of Myrtle Beach High School.

The commitment came a day after Doty and his family visited USC. He also had offers from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Texas Christian, Auburn, Duke, North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida State and others.

"The biggest thing for me was the importance of being an instate guy and playing for the great state of South Carolina and being represented on that stage," Doty said. "It's close to home and it's a place where my family and friends can go to watch games and have a great time. South Carolina has always been high up on the list and they've always been like family to us. They've treated us so well throughout these past few years."

USC QB coach Dan Werner made Doty a high priority for the '20 class. He made that clear to him in his conversations and that was big in his decision-making process.

"He always told me I'm his guy, that I'm No. 1 and I'm a big priority for him," Doty said. "For me, that means a lot, especially coming from him and South Carolina being the big state school and home. We've developed a great relationship over the past few months, and I've really gotten to know him, and I look forward to continuing to develop that relationship with him."

Doty has been the backup QB for MB the past three seasons, but he'll be the starter moving forward. Last season, he passed for 700 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 250 yards and one TD. He also caught 35 passes for 391 yards and five TDs.

Doty has many months to sit on his commitment before he can sign and make it official. As for any further recruiting activity on his part, Doty said he'll have none of that.

"I'm 110 percent committed to the University of South Carolina. My recruitment is over. I won't be making any more visits besides South Carolina. I know where I want to be and that's with the South Carolina Gamecock family."

Doty gives USC four commitments for its '20 class.

Running back Zykamren Robinson (6-0, 225) of Spartanburg High reached double digits in offers last week when he got a call from USC recruiter Bobby Bentley.

"I'm their guy, that's what they are telling me, I'm their guy," Robinson said. "I'm their guy. They want me at South Carolina. That's where I'm supposed to be. They do want me there, no doubt about it."

Last season, Robinson rushed for 915 yards and seven TDs. Robinson made a pair of visits to USC over the summer, including one for a camp. He also attended the spring game and the Vanderbilt game last season. His only other visit this summer was to Tennessee.

He has USC, Tennessee and Missouri as his top three from an offer list that also includes Colorado State, Purdue, Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Temple, Appalachian State and Old Dominion.

Cornerback Cam Smith of Westwood High in Blythewood has made his decision and will announce the choice on Aug. 17 after his season-opening game. Smith narrowed his decision to USC, Georgia and Tennessee.

He camped last month at USC and UGA and he took a visit to Tennessee. He made a return trip to USC with his parents late las month. Smith said for the winning program, there were a few things that stood out to him. "The atmosphere and the fans and the new facilities," he said. "I made sure there wasn't a lot of depth above me so I could come in and try and play as a freshman."

Smith, playing in Maryland last season, had 61 tackles and three interceptions.

Offensive lineman Darius Washington (6-4, 285) of Pensacola, Fla., committed to Mississippi State in early June. However, he has not shut down his recruiting, and one to step through that door was USC, which officially offered last week.

"Getting the South Carolina offer just showed me that my hard work has been paying off, and I look forward to taking my official there," Washington said.

Washington is looking at the UGA weekend for his official visit to USC, though that's not set in stone.

"It's going to be hard trying to change my mind," he said. "With Mississippi State, the connection with the coaches is great. I love the community, and I love the players that I'd be playing with, and I love the overall school, just the people there."

Washington will take his official visit to Mississippi State for the Florida game. He also plans to take an official visit to Miami for the Florida State game.

Safety Dedrrick Holmes of Evans, Ga., last week reported an offer from USC, his first major offer. USC and Holmes have history dating back to his ninth-grade year when he attended a camp. He camped again this summer with USC and got a closer look at him.

"They like my length and they like the way I scout out the field, known as a ballhawk," said Holmes, who had nine INTs last season. "They like my ballhawk abilities."

He also broke up seven passes and had 49 tackles, according to MaxPreps. Holmes also visited USC in March to watch a spring practice. He's also getting interest from Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Central Florida, UGA, Troy and Georgia Tech. He also visited Troy this summer, and he wants to see Auburn. He plans to return to USC for a game this season.

He considers USC and Auburn as his two favorites and he feels the Tigers will offer at some point.

Xavier McIver, a '20 defensive lineman from Cheraw High, was offered by Wake Forest. He also has a USC offer along with South Florida and Tulane.

CLEMSON

Clemson missed on a major target when linebacker Spencer Lytle of Bellflower, Calif., announced a commitment to Wisconsin on Saturday.

Defensive lineman Jacob Bandes (6-3, 295) of Antioch, Calif., picked up a Clemson offer last week, and he plans to take an official visit in December.

"It was unbelievable. It was amazing because of the history of that school, the championships they've had, it's unbelievable," Bandes said.

He's already accepted an offer to the U.S. Army All-American Game. He was a standout defensive lineman at The Opening. Last season, according to stats from MaxPreps, he totaled 50 tackles with eight tackles for loss, six QB sacks and 10 QB hurries. He had 19 tackles for loss as a sophomore.

Bandes has already taken an official visit to Colorado and has scheduled officials to Illinois on Sept. 7, Oregon on Oct., 12 and Washington on Dec. 14.

Clemson offered '20 CB Malachi Moore of Trussville, Ala., '20 athlete Tank Bigsby of Hoganville, Ga., '20 defensive end Rylie Mills of Lake Forest, Ill., '20 wide receiver EJ Williams of Phenix City, Ala., and '20 S Malcolm Greene of Highland Springs, Va.

Moore has Clemson in his top six along with Alabama, Auburn, Louisiana State, UF and Tennessee.

CLEMSON AND USC

Clemson and USC are among the top schools with '20 LB Kevin Swint of Carrollton, Ga. The others are Boston College, LSU, UGA, Vandy, Alabama, UF, Mizzou, Michigan, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.

BASKETBALL

PJ Hall, a 6-9 forward from Dorman High in Roebuck, is one of the fast-rising prospects nationally in the '20 class after a sterling summer circuit. He has picked up offers from Clemson, USC, UF and UGA in recent weeks. He visited USC earlier in the summer and last week paid a visit to Clemson.

Hall is still growing, according to his doctors and could reach 7-0. He has a size 18 foot and a wing span of 7-2. When looking for a school, Hall has some criteria in mind.

"Great staff and family environment, but also want a school with a great business school," Hall said. "The schools that have been contacting me have that, like South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, places like that. I'm not positive about the business thing, but I want somewhere that has a good academic place."

Hall and his teammate and fellow major recruit point guard Myles Tate visited West Virginia on Friday and camped at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Hall said he also hopes to visit UF at some point and UGA wants to get in him soon for a visit as well.

He said a college decision likely won't come until after his AAU season next summer unless something moves him to commit earlier.

Hall helped lead Dorman to the 5A state championship last season, serving primarily as a rebounder and shot blocker. He said this summer his offensive game came alive and he averaged around 20 points per game.

USC offered 6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia, according to PrepHoops.com, and he has taken an unofficial visit. Some of his other offers are Maryland, St. Joseph's, La Salle, Georgetown, Connecticut, UF and Penn State.

Kofi Cockburn, a 6-10 player from New York who will play this season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, has narrowed his list to a dozen, including USC. The others are UConn, St. John's, Illinois, Cincinnati, FSU, Pitt, Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Oregon and LSU.

Clemson offered 6-8 '21 recruit Bretner Mutombo of Suwanee, Ga.

Greg Gantt, a 6-8 player from Fayetteville, N.C., committed to Providence. He had USC and Clemson offers.

The USC women are in the final seven for 6-2 Rickea Jackson of Detroit. The others are UConn, Louisville, Tennessee, Ohio State, Rutgers, Texas and Mississippi State. The USC women are in the final four with 6-4 Aliyah Boston of Worcester, Mass. The others are UConn, ND and Ohio State.

The USC women offered 6-5 '20 recruit Hannah Gusters of Duncanville, Texas. She's ranked No. 1 at her position nationally by ESPN. USC also offered 6-4 '21 recruit Latasha Lattimore of Toronto and 6-1 '22 recruit Nyla Harris of Orlando, Fla.