Tevin Mack, a 4-star wing in the Class of 2015 from Columbia, SC, took his final official visit this past weekend to South Carolina. Mack visited Clemson recently, as well as Georgia, UCONN, and VCU.
Things have moved quickly between Mack and the Gamecocks. The coaching staff offered Mack a scholarship in August, which seemed to peak his interest greatly causing him to schedule his final official visit with South Carolina. Rivals' South Carolina affiliate, GamecockCentral.com , had an exclusive interview with Mack on Sunday about his visit. In the interview, Mack said that he and his mom both enjoyed their visit, and noted the five things he's considering when choosing between schools - (1) playing time; (2) schedule strength; (3) coaching staff; and (4) winning.
South Carolina can absolutely give the Dreher high school-product a heavy dose of playing time as well as a coaching staff that can develop players. As far as strength of schedule, the SEC may be top heavy but the schedule does offer several big games each season. Kentucky and Florida both made this year's Final Four and Tennessee was five seconds away from giving the SEC three teams in the Elite Eight. With that in mind, plus the annual SEC-Big 12 Challenge, the schedule should be plenty good enough for Mack. By that count, South Carolina fulfills three of Mack's four concerns. The fourth, winning, is something Mack can be a part of and something he can bring to Columbia, the place where he grew up. That is quite the recruiting tool to bring a young man aboard.
247 Sports' The Big Spur reported that Mack could announce his school as early as tonight. He could join power forward Chris Silva as the second member of Frank Martin's 2015 recruiting class for South Carolina, and if he and Silva convinced highly-touted local guard Perry Dozier Jr. to also join the fold, the class would represent one of the best ever to come to Columbia.