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It remains to be seen whether recent developments will upset the semblance of order that Dominique Archie has arranged as far as his recruitment is concerned. The 6-7,190-pound senior forward from Augusta (GA) Josey has a leader in his small field of three schools, with a late entrant starting to make a little bit of noise.

“South Carolina is my leading school right now, mostly because its close to home,” Archie told, adding that he slightly favors the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech at this time. ”UConn just came in on me though in August, but right now South Carolina has a narrow lead.”

Archie indicated that he will officially tour the South Carolina campus on September 10th, and reported recently that he will visit Virginia Tech the following weekend.

While the Gamecocks have emerged at the head of the pack, Archie indicated that he is keeping an open mind where Virginia Tech is concerned.

“I like Virginia Tech because they are in the ACC and I have always wanted to play in the ACC,” said Archie. ”They also have my major (Civil Engineering) and that is a big strength for any school.”

In fact, academics will play a prominent role when Archie decides to make a final decision, although his time frame for that isn’t as certain.

“The first thing that any school has to have for me is that they gotta have my major, which will be Civil Engineering. Some schools have recruited me that didn’t have my major and I have eliminated them,” Archie said. ”I want to sign in the fall, but I don’t know how all of it (recruiting) is going to go.

“The school that I choose doesn’t have to be real close to home, but I don’t want a place that is too far away.”

Archie indicated that both the Hokies and Gamecocks have extended scholarship offers to him, and while he loves the new attention that he is getting from Connecticut, he also is starting to tire a bit of the entire process.

“I really like that the coaches are calling me, because that means that they like me a lot,” Archie stated. ”But, now I am starting to want to get it all over with and it is starting to aggravate me a little now.”

When Archie does finally cast his ballot, he hopes to be able to concentrate on his senior season at Josey and work on improving his weaknesses and honing his strengths, before his college arrival next fall.

“I need to work on my strength and I know that. Getting stronger will help me in every way and it will help me from getting pushed around,” said Archie. ”I think that I will be a small forward at the