Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations on the prospects who could be the newest Gamecocks.
More on Doumbia
Ibrahim Doumbia picked up basketball in the eighth grade, one year before he moved from Mali to America.
It was the beautiful game that was his first love.
“I used to play soccer before, so then I started growing, then they told me you better stop playing soccer and go try basketball,” Doumbia said. “I didn’t like it at the beginning, but then my uncle, who was one of my neighbors, he used to push me all the time. Then I started, little by little I started liking it. Now I like it.”
Now, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound senior at Miami Country Day in Florida, Doumbia is committed to South Carolina. The 3-star power forward pulled the trigger on Thursday over offers from Florida, Tennessee and Baylor.
The International Business program caught his eye during this month’s official visit.
“That’s what I want to do. They have one of the top International Business programs in the country,” Doumbia said. “I like the coach a lot, too. They have been recruiting me since I was in the ninth grade. I like their style and I like how they work hard in everything.”
He added, “I just think it’s a great school for me.”
Confirmed unofficial guests
The following non-committed prospects have confirmed with SEC Country that they plan to visit South Carolina on Saturday for the Texas A&M game:
- 2017 DL Matthew Butler – Garner, N.C.
- 2018 OL Warren Ericson – North Gwinnett, Ga.
- 2018 QB Dakereon Joyner – North Charleston, S.C.
- 2018 TE Zach Sheffer – Ponte Vedra, Fla.
- 2018 WR Sam Pinckney – Greenwood, S.C.
- 2018 QB Brayden Hawkins – Dillon, S.C.
Darius Rush of Murray High School in Greeleyville, S.C. will also attend the game. However, the 2018 wide receiver will be sitting with his family in their seats. He does plan to visit as a recruit for the Georgia game.
As usual, the list is fluid, prospects are likely to be added and removed over the 24 hours or so.
More on Sterling
Phil Kornblut recently caught up with the defensive lineman from Tucker (Ga.) High School for more on the Gamecocks.
“I think highly of South Carolina,” Sterling said. “Coach (Travaris Robinson) and coach Muschamp, they were honest with me and told me straight up how they want to use me and told me my chances of playing and stuff. They were totally honest with me.”
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