#STRecruiting: Cross sees a perfect fit with #Gamecocks

Matt Cross

Like basketball coaches from all over the country, USC’s Frank Martin was on the move last weekend checking out as many of his top targets as possible at the various AAU events around the country. Of particular interest to him and his staff was 6-6 Matt Cross of Woodstock Academy in Connecticut.

Martin already has offered Cross and met with him at his school and home, and Cross made an unofficial visit for the Georgia game last season. So, the two sides have become very comfortable with one another. Martin made sure Cross knew they were in Atlanta to focus on him.

“There was always a member from the staff there,” Cross said.  “Frank was there the first game and then he had to head to Dallas. I got to talk to him thru text after because they are not allowed to talk to you while you there.  Like I said before, I think it will be a great fit.  They are my kind of guys.  They don’t hound you.  They are not all over you.  They told me how they feel about me and they are going to leave it up to me.  That’s the best part.  I like how they do things and I think I’d be a great fit.”

Cross said he and the Gamecock staff are so familiar with one another, and have such a good feel for one another, there’s not a whole lot more they need to tell him from a recruiting pitch standpoint.

“I think I know how they feel about me,” Cross said.  “We talk it up more and more and I need to get down there for an official in late summer before the high school season.  I think I’ll get a lot from that.  Like I’ve said before, they are old school and I come from old school people who I am around.  I just think I know what I’m getting from them and I think I know how they feel about me.”

Cross was outstanding in his four games in Atlanta averaging over 22 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He showed his complete game to the recruiters and the result was several more offers.

“I showed my versatility, that I can take it down low in a mismatch, that I can bring it outside, I stretch the floor well,” Cross said.  “What coaches always tell me is they like my toughness.  I think I showed some of that.”

Some of those new offers include Indiana, Illinois, Miami, Butler, Creighton, Georgia Tech and Cleveland State. He also has offers from Penn State, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Tulane and St. Joseph’s. Besides USC, Cross said he’s not sure who will get his other official visits. He plans to wait until after he completes his AAU season and see what other offers come in before making visit plans.

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