Slawson Goes Down To SEC School

R.J. Slawson, who is ranked No. 90 overall, didn't need to wait any longer. The 6-foot-8 power forward gave a SEC a verbal commitment.

It didn't take Darrin Horn and South Carolina long to secure a commitment following the first July evaluation period. They received a pledge from R.J. Slawson Wednesday afternoon.

"South Carolina is close to home,' Slawson said. "I like the facilities. I love the coaching staff. Coach Horn is a nice guy and he knows what he's talking about and I think he can help me get to the next level."

Slawson had a host of programs trailing him, but other than USC, Clemson and Auburn were the other two heavily involved.

The North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester standout took a recent visit to Columbia (S.C.) and walked away with a pretty good feel for the campus.

"I like the campus," he said. "The best part of the campus I think was the academics facilities. They had this new academic building that was really nice."

While the proximity and the campus played a role in his commitment to South Carolina, it was a pair of coaches that really made the difference.

"Me and coach Horn got pretty close," he said. "I talk to him every time I get a chance to. My mom and my dad like him and he doesn't seem like he's just there for the basketball, he'll also going to be there for me in the long run."

New South Carolina assistant coach Neill Berry was the point man on Slawson, and the 6-foot-8, 185-pounder said the two hit it off.

"Coach Berry, that's my boy right there," he said. "Me and him talk a lot and he reminds me a little of Coach Horn. They've been together for a while, so maybe he picked up some of his characteristics."

To go with Slawson, a four-star prospect, the Gamecocks also have a commitment from Mullens (S.C.) High standout Eric Smith.

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