Horn lands first in-state commitment

Eric Smith, one of the top underclassmen in South Carolina, is on board with an in-state school. After making an unofficial on Thursday, Smith ended his recruitment.

Last year, Mullins (S.C.) High was within one game of the state championship. The leader was a young man named Eric Smith, a top 2010 point guard.

On Thursday, the 6-foot underclassman picked the South Carolina Gamecocks. As a junior, he averaged 19 points and 7.6 assists.

"Coach Horn, they have a new staff and he'd been on him since Day One," Steve Smith, Eric's father said. "He came to see us the day after he took the job. He saw him at LeBron's event, the Peach State and at the Super Showcase. We live 1 and hour and 50 minutes from there. He's really excited about Coach Horn."

As a sophomore, Smith shot 41% from behind the line. The son of a coach – Steve was Raymond Felton's high school skipper – academics were a big part of the equation. "(Horn) pushes the academics and as of (today) that's where he wants to go."

The point guard was courted by a number of programs many of which kept in contact after spotting him this summer. For the Gamecocks, locking up one of the state's prominent underclassmen was a priority.

"He went to elite camp in August and he was excited. He was getting interest from Florida, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma and all of these schools but hadn't given him a firm offer. He liked Coach Horn and his staff. It will also give us, his family, a chance to see him play. He thinks Coach Horn can get South Carolina right where they want to be."

Smith is the Gamecocks first commitment from the Class of 2010. The pledge took place while Smith was on campus for an unofficial visit to Columbia.

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