6-6 Donta Scott of Philadelphia has been one of USC’s top targets for over a year. Scott is ranked 141st nationally by Rivals and USC recruiter Perry Clark has been the front man for the Gamecocks recruiting efforts. They’ll learn Sunday or Monday if those efforts paid off.
Scott took official visits to USC, La Salle, Temple, Seton Hall and Maryland. The USC visit last weekend was not his first to see the Gamecocks. He was in the house last November when the Gamecocks opened the season at Wofford’s new arena and then came down to Columbia for the weekend.
“Oh, he loves South Carolina,” said Howard Hudson, coach of Scott’s AAU team, the Philly Pride. “He loved it because the coaches and everybody in this were just treating treating him well.”
Scott saw the Gamecocks practice last year on his visit and got another look inside the program last weekend.
“You know, a lot of people were saying Frank was tough and he watched one of the practices,” Hudson said. “I asked him how was practice, and we watched it last year, so he knew kind of what what it was about, and he said it was not a problem.
Scott has not yet made his decision and all five schools he visited are still in it. This weekend will be used for decision making with an announcement Sunday or Monday according to Hudson.
“South Carolina and Maryland really stood out,” he said. “Comfortable around the players and comfortable around the coaches. Perry did a real good job for South Carolina. He’s been talking to Donta for over a year and a half.”
Hudson said Maryland was in Tuesday for a final visit with Scott. USC coaches had their in-home visit last week. As for what will be deciding factors, Hudson sees three.
“The coaches, the team’s playing style and the academic support for him.”
Scott attends the same school in Philadelphia from where the Gamecocks recruited guard David Beatty. USC women’s coach Dawn Staley, who is a native of Philadelphia, also talked with Scott on his official visit.