Gamecocks’ Frank Martin finally gets commitment from Raymond Doby

South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin received a commitment from former DePaul signee Raymond Doby on Sunday. Aiken Standard/File

Raymond Doby of Cahokia, Ill, who twice signed with DePaul when Oliver Purnell was coach, on Sunday committed to South Carolina at the conclusion of a weekend visit.

Doby, 6-7, picked the Gamecocks over the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bradley and DePaul. He also took an official visit to Bradley and was scheduled for another visit to DePaul Monday.

Doby signed with DePaul in November of 2013. Purnell was the only coach to offer Doby at the time of his commitment. But in August of 2014, instead of enrolling in the Chicago school, he reclassified for the 2015 class and enrolled at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. Doby signed again with Purnell at DePaul last November, but Purnell was fired after last season and replaced by Dave Leitao. Doby was granted a release from his letter of intent.

USC had been recruiting Doby since before he signed with DePaul the second time. He said having the chance, again, to play for Frank Martin was too good to pass up this time.

“I think he’s an excellent coach,” Doby said. “I know he’s a hard guy to play for but that’s all I need to get the best out of me. Frank Martin, from his coaching experience and the kind of players that he’s had, he always wants players that will just go out and play. I think I can bring that to the team.” D Doby is USC’s sixth recruit for the 2015 class. Two of them, 6-9 center Eric Cobb and 6-11 center Travon Bunch, did not sign a letter of intent as they finish academic work this summer. Cobb is finishing up some class work at his prep school in Baltimore. Bunch took the SAT Saturday for the final time in his efforts to qualify. He expects to receive his score on June 26.

Notre Dame flexed its recruiting muscle in South Carolina last week with offers to defensive back Troy Pride of Greer and defensive back Thomas Jones of Laurens. Pride has been committed to Virginia Tech and said he remains solid with the Hokies while Jones remains undecided. He also has offers from USC, Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Louisville, East Carolina, Georgia Tech and others. He’s also getting interest from Clemson.

Offensive lineman John Simpson of Fort Dorchester spent three days at Alabama for a camp. Simpson said he might go to Clemson for a camp this week and he’s also looking at attending USC’s Showcase Camp. He also plans to visit Tennessee, LSU and Georgia this summer.

Simpson had been favoring Clemson primarily because he’s had more exposure to the Tigers than any of his other favorites.  But after the extended stay in Tuscaloosa, Simpson said he’s wiped the slate clean. “Being that I had that in depth visit with Alabama, I’m not sure who’s on top right now,” Simpson said.

Defensive back Chris Smith of South Pointe camped at Wake Forest and Duke over the weekend. He will also attend USC’s Showcase Camp Saturday as well as camps at North Carolina and East Carolina. Smith holds offers from USC, Old Dominion, Mercer, Charlotte, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Gardner-Webb, Miami of Ohio, Air Force, Eastern Michigan, James Madison and SC State.  USC has been his favorite and the possibility of a commitment at the upcoming camp does exist.

USC threw its name into the hat for defensive end Khalid Kareem of Farmington Hills, Mich., with an offer last week and he’s interested enough to visit later this month while he’s on vacation in the Beaufort area. Kareem will announce his college choice on June 24.

“I do have interest in South Carolina,” said Kareem, who has not narrowed his list from his 40 offers. “They produce great defensive ends. They usually get drafted high in the first round or second round.”

Offensive line Brett Heggie of Mount Dora, Fla., added more offers to his list this spring with Florida, Mississippi State, Louisville and Miami joining the list of earlier offers that included USC, Central Florida, N.C. State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Indiana, Iowa State and Appalachian State.  His visit to USC for the spring game was his only visit of the spring but he’ll be on the road this summer. Heggie attended a team camp at Central Florida Saturday.

Newberry QB Yafari Werts is finished with recruiting after committing to Georgia Southern last week. Werts drew interest from major programs like Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech but none came thru with an offer.  Georgia Southern, however, showed Werts the plan for him to be its future quarterback, and he jumped at the opportunity.

WR Brad Hawkins Jr. of Camden, N.J. has 15 schools on his current  list and USC is one of them.  The Gamecocks are joined by Arizona State, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, NC State, Oregon, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Temple, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin. That list will be reduced to about five schools around the end of June or early July, according to Hawkins’ father who is also his position coach.

Heavily recruited DE Xavier Kelly of Wichita made a sweep thru some southeastern schools capping the tour at Clemson eight days ago.  Before that Kelly visited Georgia, Alabama and Florida State. Kelly got the full treatment from the Clemson staff spending time with Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables and touring the campus and facilities. “It was great,” he said.  “I got the opportunity to meet the coaches and learn about the whole program.  I loved it.  It’s a great environment.  The coaches are straight up with you. Coach Swinney talked about life after football.  He was telling Clemson is not all about football but about family and developing as a person.” After these four visits, Kelly said it’s impossible to rank them in any order because something stands out about each. He plans to piece together a top 5-8 list by the end of July or early August. Kelly said later in the summer he will take visits to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor and LSU.

LB Kenneth Huff of Fort Lauderdale had planned to release a top 10 June 1st but after an influx of new interest he has delayed that release until July 4th.  Michigan State and Florida State are two new teams showing strong interest. Huff plans to camp at Florida State June 9th.  USC remains his favorite and he will attend the Showcase Camp there. Huff said he’s been talking a lot with the Gamecock defensive staff and a commitment is a possibility at the camp.

Clemson last week offered OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr. of Powder Springs, Ga.  Anchrum also holds offers from Wake Forest, Syracuse, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Colorado, Boston College, Arizona State and others.

LB Kash Daniel of Paiintsville, Ky., will visit USC June 13 and Florida June 17. He’s also going to visit Kentucky and Louisville.

USC OL target Josh Ball of Fredericksburg, Va., committed to Florida State Friday.

Clemson commitment DE Rahshaun Smith of Baltimore was offered last week by Oregon.