USC has been on the trail of 6-2 Trae Hannibal of Hartsville throughout the evaluation period and AAU season and Tuesday Frank Martin made his official offer in person while Hannibal and his parents were on campus for an unofficial visit.
“It was good. I met with Coach Martin and talked with him face to face for about an hour and the rest of the coaching staff and it came down to it and he went ahead and pulled the trigger,” Hannibal said. “To be honest, it was all God to be honest. I just kept putting in the hard work and stay humbled throughout everything. I worked hard for it so now I’ve got it.”
Hannibal got a good look at the USC campus and the basketball facilities and came away impressed with what he saw and learned.
“It was great. It was mind blowing,” he said. “I’ve seen some other colleges and their facilities and stuff like that, but the family thing stood out with me with USC, and the loyalty. The mentality that they have, that’s the same mentality that I have.”
Hannibal is one of the top players in the state’s talented 2019 class. He averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists per game last season. He said Martin likes his game and sees in him a trait he looks for when recruiting players.
“The willingness to learn and to come in and do what I’ve got to do,” Hannibal said. “He told me that I just don’t know how great of a ballplayer I can be, so I’ll come in and work hard everyday. And he was saying he knows I’m great offensively but he said I just don’t know how great I can be defensively now.”
Hannibal said his recruitment is still open but USC is now one of his top choices along with Oklahoma State. He also has Clemson high up but the Tigers haven’t offered.
Coaches from USC and Wofford have been by his school to check on him and several more have scouted him in AAU games. He does not have any other visits planned right now. He hopes to make his decision before the season. He also has offers from Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, SC State, Western Carolina and Stetson.