COLUMBIA, SC (TheBigSpur.com) -- On Tuesday, a day after visiting with his parents and younger brother, 2020 quarterback Luke Doty announced on Twitter that he was committed to South Carolina.
Doty (6-2, 190) picked South Carolina over offers from Appalachian State, Auburn, Baylor, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, TCU, Temple, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. The 4-star prospect from Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School is listed by the 247Sports composite as the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
Former Gamecocks offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper offered last August and Doty has visited several times since, including twice already this summer. Trip No. 1 was for the Will Muschamp Football Camp, followed by a 7-on-7 tournament appearance a week later. His mom joined for the camp stop, which allowed her to get a more thorough look at the campus and have some more interaction with the coaches.
"It was really fun. It was really good. The coaching environment and everybody there was amazing," Doty said in June. "Coach Werner was great. I spent most of my time with him. … It was really good to get some coaching from him and just see how he does things, as far as a practice environment goes."
South Carolina's coaches have been pretty clear about their interest in him. And that message was driven home during those first two summer trips to Columbia.
"They just kept reiterating to me that I'm their guy and I'm No. 1 on their board right now, as far as 2020 goes," Doty said. "They really want me at South Carolina."
His first face-to-face with Werner was during the Gamecocks' spring practice.
"We sat in a couple of meetings and the coaches there, the intensity there is just so high and those coaches expect so much out of the guys and those guys live up to the standards that they set," Doty said. "That's definitely a great environment."
Doty, the sixth-best in-state prospect from the 2020 cycle, is ranked No. 307 overall in the country. He's South Carolina's fourth commitment in that class, which also includes offensive tackle Issiah Walker Jr. (Miami), offensive guard Tyshawn Wannamaker (Saint Matthews, S.C.) and running back Mecose Todd (Villa Rica, Ga.). Like Doty, all three are rated as 4-stars.
"I think the neat thing about (Doty) is he has the ability to extend plays," Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said, during the spring. "What's really positive – a lot of times when kids are as young as he is and they extend plays, they have a tendency just to run. He does a great job of and has done a great job of extending plays and continuing to look downfield and throw the ball downfield once he does get outside of the pocket, which is rare, especially at that young of age."