South Carolina landed its fifth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class on Friday afternoon when Jaylen Shaw pledged to the Gamecocks.
Frank Martin added the fifth member of his 2013 recruiting class on Friday.
Hartsville High School (S.C.) head coach Aric Samuel has watched the development of Shaw for the past four years and knows him as well as anybody. Following the commitment of Shaw on Friday afternoon he spoke about who the Gamecocks are getting.
“He is an outstanding person, full of great values and does everything he is supposed to do,” Samuel told TheBigSpur. “He is a hard worker and loves to win. His main charge is winning, if he has to neglect himself for the best of the team he will do whatever is necessary.”
The 6-foot, 170-pound Shaw will join Palmetto State natives Sindarius Thornwell and Justin McKie in Columbia next year. According to Samuel, having another in-state player at the flagship university will be instrumental helping build the program.
“Committing to South Carolina is great,” Samuel said. “He has a great fan base in Hartville and in other parts of South Carolina. Having a local, in-state kid is a great pick up for South Carolina. For Hartsville it will be great having one of our own up there that we will want to go and support.”
The 2013 recruiting class appears to be the foundation for head coach Frank Martin and his staff as they look to turn the Gamecock program around. With the additions of transfer Tyrone Johnson, Thornwell and McKie the Gamecocks have added length and size in the backcourt. With post player Desmond Ringer they have added size.
Samuel talked about what he believes Shaw will bring to the Gamecock program.
“I would say two things,” Samuel said. “He is a very good passer and moves the ball very well. He does a great job of getting everybody involved. The other thing is how poised he is. He has made some big shots in the last two years and if he didn’t, I probably wouldn’t be sitting on two state championships.”
Off the court it appears the Gamecocks will be getting a person who fits the mold of what Martin is looking for in his student-athletes.
“He is always volunteered in the community and anything you need him to do he is there,” Samuel said. “He is not about personal gain. He is a musician and has been in the church playing the keyboard and the drums. He is just gifted academically and in basketball. Really they are getting the total package in him.”
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