When Frank Martin landed the job at South Carolina last spring, there was little doubt that Sindarius Thornwell would be a major target.
Monday night, the 6-foot-5 South Carolinian who is spending his senior season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill announced his decision. With a simple tweet, the four-star wing let the world know that Martin and his staff had gotten the job done.
"I'm gonna be a Gamecock," tweeted the Lancaster, S.C., native.
Ranked as the No. 40 player nationally in the 2013 Rivals150, Thornwell is an important recruit for many reasons.
First of all, he's local and he wanted to stay local. But, that doesn't mean Martin and his staff didn't have to work hard. While others had the luxury of recruiting him for years, Martin and his staff had to make up for almost three years of not recruiting the Palmetto State star in just five or six months.
Secondly, Martin and his staff need impact players and that's exactly what Thornwell should be. His physical toughness, commitment to attacking the rim, athleticism and work on the glass and on defense make him a perfect fit for the style of play Martin will employ.
Every coach needs that one guy to get the ball rolling on the recruiting front and the thought is that Thornwell can be that guy for the Gamecocks. If anything, his commitment tells local players that they don't have to leave home to find opportunity.
A four-star prospect who played his summer ball with Charlotte-based Team United, Thornwell joins a class that already includes three-star big man Desmond Ringer.