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  1. Gamecock Fanatics would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. lordcocky (39)
  2. This South Carolina signee 'could be a 230-pound receiver' June 21, 2018 The question was posed to South Carolina football signee Tyquan Johnson, and the answer he delivered is what most players wrapping up their senior year of high school tend to say. Does he, a 6-foot-3 dynamic playmaker who lived life in a power-running offense, expect to be an impact guy with the Gamecocks quickly, or perhaps take a little time to develop? “I see myself going in and competing,” Johnson said. The Screven County High School star is going to a team that has played almost every receiver it recruited the past two years some as a true freshman. That means the group on campus is led by an experienced, deep set of veterans. (Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith and OrTre Smith have all seen serious time as starters.) One thing that could help Johnson: his size. “He was probably close to 210 (pounds) going into the season, 205 maybe,” Screven County coach Ron Duncan said. “We took him out of weights this year so we could help him get another core class potentially if he needed it. So he’s probably lost a bit of it. “He could be a 230-pound receiver, outside guy. He’s got plenty of room to put on a bunch of weight. He’s very strong in the weight room. And then he’s one of our top lifters.” Johnson is a wide receiver who can power clean and bench 300 pounds with a good squat max as well. Duncan estimated Johnson might be down to 190 pounds or so. Early in the recruiting process he was around 180. The coach described him as “wiry strong,” raw, with a high ceiling. As a high school senior, he caught 32 passes for 661 yards and 10 scores. Nearly two in five of his 94 career high school catches went for touchdowns. College will be a different beast, but he said he relished receiving the nutrition and workout instructions USC’s support staff gave him for his last semester in high school. “It was exciting,” Johnson said. “It was a memory when I opened the book up and started reading and got through the pages. It was an exciting moment.” He admitted second semester of senior year was a challenge, balancing grades and staying in shape. A three-star prospect, Johnson is one of a few 2018 signees who have not enrolled yet at USC. Duncan said he expects Johnson’s best years will come after more development. He has skills such as beating press coverage, a quick first step and being a vertical threat. He’s got raw measurables, like one of the fastest 100-meter dash times in Georga as a junior (10.75 seconds), or leaping ability (6 feet, 2 inches). Even if he lost a little weight the past year, it shouldn’t hold him back. “Talking to coach [Bryan] McClendon and those guys at Carolina, they were like, don’t worry about it,” Duncan said. “When we get our hands on him, we’ll get him where he needs to be.” THE STATE
  3. South Carolina freshman pitcher, a local talent, to transfer June 21, 2018 South Carolina pitcher Corey Stone announced Thursday that he is transferring from the Gamecocks after one season with the program. Stone, a Mid-Carolina standout, made three appearances for USC this year, pitching two innings and giving up three hits and two walks but no runs. As a senior in high school, the left-hander went 8-0 with a 1.02 ERA and 86 strikeouts in 61 2/3 innings pitched. At the plate, he hit .396 with three homers and 23 RBI, helping the Rebels to the Class 3A Upper State championship game. After high school, he was picked in the 27th round of the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers but never considered an offer from the pro club before deciding to come to college. That decision happened before Carolina hired head coach Mark Kingston. Stone plans to attend a junior college for one season, he told The State.
  4. A way-too-early projection for South Carolina baseball's 2019 lineup June 21, 2018 As the July 6 deadline approaches for MLB draftees to sign with their pro teams, South Carolina baseball's roster for 2019 is starting to become clear. And with five seniors and 10 draftees playing key roles on 2018's NCAA Super Regional squad, it's clear that coach Mark Kingston will have a vastly different lineup going into next season. On top of that, the transfers of players like Danny Blair and Kyle Jacobsen, who were expected to at least contend for a larger role, mean that the 2019 group of Gamecocks will feature a lot of new faces. Here's an early guess as to who might play where. This lineup is based on the assumption that the five remaining unsigned undergraduate draftees — pitcher Ridge Chapman, pitcher Adam Hill, outfielder Carlos Cortes and infielder LT Tolbert — will all not be returning to Carolina. The deadline for them to sign a deal is July 6. Catcher As the July 6 deadline approaches for MLB draftees to sign with their pro teams, South Carolina baseball's roster for 2019 is starting to become clear. And with five seniors and 10 draftees playing key roles on 2018's NCAA Super Regional squad, it's clear that coach Mark Kingston will have a vastly different lineup going into next season. On top of that, the transfers of players like Danny Blair and Kyle Jacobsen, who were expected to at least contend for a larger role, mean that the 2019 group of Gamecocks will feature a lot of new faces. Here's an early guess as to who might play where. This lineup is based on the assumption that the five remaining unsigned undergraduate draftees — pitcher Ridge Chapman, pitcher Adam Hill, outfielder Carlos Cortes and infielder LT Tolbert — will all not be returning to Carolina. The deadline for them to sign a deal is July 6. Starter: Luke Berryhill — A junior college transfer who started his career at Georgia Southern, Berryhill was a Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game All-American in high school and is considered a strong defensive catcher. Backup: Wes Clarke — An incoming freshman picked in the 40th round of the MLB draft. First base Starter: Chris Cullen — The junior catcher went undrafted despite high prospect ratings from some analysts, so he'll be back for another year. He played both corner infield spots in 2018 and was solid at both, and given his size, first base makes more sense than catcher. Backup: Riley Hogan — Entering his junior season, Hogan has struggled to get consistent at-bats but could work his way into backup roles for several positions. Second base Starter: Noah Campbell — The top freshman of this past season's squad, Campbell was displaced at second by senior Justin Row but still got steady at-bats in the outfield and at DH. He should move back to his natural position next year. Backup: Jacob Olson — Olson is also primarily an infielder but spent most of 2018 in the outfield, and his solid defense might keep him there in light of Jacobsen's and Blair's departures. Shortstop Starter: George Callil — An Australian junior college transfer, Callil is mostly known for his defense but still hit a solid. 304 last year with an on-base percentage of .435. Backup: Nick Neville — Another JUCO transfer who spent a year at the Division I level, specifically at Notre Dame. Third base Starter: Nick Neville — Like Callil, Neville is a solid defender whose offense is slightly behind. The two could end up switching back and forth at short and third. Backup: Mason Streater — The rising sophomore didn't get many at-bats in his first season, but he was highly rated coming out of high school and is a talented athlete. Left field Starter: Ian Jenkins — A redshirt freshman, Jenkins was an MLB draftee and All-American honorable mention coming out of high school. Backup: Jordan Holladay — Holladay got a few starts at the beginning of 2018 as a first baseman, but the power hitter has experience playing plenty of positions and could move to left to get his bat in the lineup. Center field Starter: TJ Hopkins — If he can stay healthy, the rising senior could be the star of South Carolina's offense in 2019. There's no doubt the potential is there — he hit .345 with an OPS of .944 last year — but a reported broken back and other injury woes are troubling. Backup: Joel Brewer — One of several freshman outfielders who will get plenty of opportunities with the departures of Blair and Jacobsen. Right field Starter: Jacob Olson — A savvy veteran who can play almost anywhere, Olson had an extremely odd offensive 2018 — lots of extra base hits but just a .234 batting average. Still, his consistent play will always keep him in the lineup. Backup: Brady Allen — An incoming freshman taken in the 39th round of the MLB draft, Allen has all sorts of physical potential at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. He can also pitch well, hitting 89 mph. Designated hitter Josiah Sightler — A 12th round MLB pick, Sightler was a standout pitcher until an injury forced him off the mound for his senior season, and he promptly became a standout hitter. If he does not sign a pro contract, he seems too good not to play in some capacity. Starting rotation Cole Ganopulos — The lefty starter Kingston certainly could have used this past year, Ganopulos comes to USC via a season at Auburn and a year in the JUCO ranks, where he went 10-0 with a 1.62 ERA for a team that went to the Junior College World Series. Carmen Mlodzinski — After spending most of the 2018 season as a midweek starter, the rising sophomore is ready to make the jump to the weekend and has the stuff to be a solid Saturday or Sunday pitcher. Logan Chapman — Chapman's role as third weekend starter as a freshman likely prepared him well to take on more of a starring role next season, even if 2018 did come with some rough results (5.85 ERA, 1.57 WHIP). THE STATE
  5. South Carolina offers state's top 2020 basketball prospect June 21, 2018 Three weeks after landing one of the best in-state basketball players in the 2019 class, South Carolina is making early recruiting moves in the 2020 class. Dorman's P.J. Hall, ranked by Phenom Hoops as the state's top prospect in the 2020 class, has been offered a scholarship by the Gamecocks. The Big Spur's John Whittle was first to report the news Wednesday evening. Hall is a 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward who played a key role in Dorman's second consecutive 5A state championship in March. According to 247Sports, the rising junior has also been offered by College of Charleston, Wofford, Presbyterian and North Florida. He plays for Upward Stars on the AAU circuit. Hall is Dorman teammates with Myles Tate, a talented 5-11 point guard regarded as the second-best '20 prospect in the state. Silas Mason is another '20 name to remember. The Greensboro, North Carolina, native was scheduled to make a visit to USC on Wednesday after participating in Phenom Hoops' "Summer Jam Fest" at Ridge View High School on Tuesday. "Just meeting the staff, seeing if I feel comfortable around the coaching staff, (seeing the) facilities," Mason said Tuesday of his visit's expectations.
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    USC target 6-7 AJ Lawson

    USC target 6-7 AJ Lawson June 21, 2018 USC target 6-7 AJ Lawson began an official visit to Tulane Wednesday. He’s coming off a visit to Creighton. He visited USC last month.
  7. 2020 OL Parker Clements of Lugoff-Elgin June 21, 2018 2020 OL Parker Clements of Lugoff-Elgin camped at USC and his position coach Mike Armstrong said he drew some attention from Gamecock offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Clements is a converted tight end and is 6-6, 245 pounds. Armstrong said he needs to add weight but has excellent technique. He has not yet been offered.
  8. Latest from WR Keveon Mullins JUNE 21, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Keveon Mullins Next week, Wednesday or Thursday in Atlanta, WR Keveon Mullins of Memphis will make his college choice known. He has narrowed his decision to USC and Memphis and as of Wednesday night had not made up his mind. Mullins camped at USC last week and left there stating the Gamecocks as his favorite. He’s had text messages this week from Will Muschamp and he expects to talk with receivers coach Bryan McClendon. He’s also hearing regularly from his Memphis recruiters. He admits to being pulled to both schools but for different reasons. “It will be hard because I’ve been thinking about that a lot” Mullins said. “What’s pulling me towards South Carolina is once I got to South Carolina I did a one on one workout with Coach B-Mac. Coach Muschamp was out there watching. I just liked the way Coach B-Mac does things and the way he coaches. I liked the way he would put me thru the drill. He was different from other receiver coaches that’s been recruiting me. And Coach Muschamp, he’s a very good guy.” Mullins can sum up the attraction to Memphis in two words. “It’s home,” he said. “That’s all that is home and I’ve got love for Memphis.” Is being close to home important to him? “It is but it’s not at the same time.” Mullins said he probably will know his decision by Tuesday and he plans to inform the schools in advance. He flies to Atlanta Wednesday and the people with Rivals, who are putting on the camp at the Mercedes-Benz Dome, will handle his announcement from there. USC has one receiver committed for the 2019 class, Jamario Holley of Northwestern.
  9. Hero of South Carolina baseball's NCAA tournament regional to transfer June 20, 2018 South Carolina baseball junior outfielder Danny Blair will transfer from the program to the University of Tampa, a Division II program, he announced Wednesday. "The (past) three years have been the best years of my life," Blair wrote in a tweet explaining his decision. "I've met people at USC that I will be friends with for the rest of my life. The opportunity I was given to play baseball at a school like South Carolina was a dream come true and I truly cherish that. ... "With that said, I have decided to transfer schools to continue to pursue my dream of playing baseball at the next level. Leaving is not and will not be easy, although it is what's best for me to reach my goal." After spending most of 2018 on the bench, Blair was named Most Outstanding Player in the Gamecocks' NCAA tournament regional in Greenville, N.C., after hitting a go-ahead three-run home run for USC in its tourney opener against Ohio State. He finished the regional going 5-10 from the plate, with four runs and four RBIs. He then started twice in Carolina's Super Regional against Arkansas, going 1-6 with one walk. On the year, he finished with a .230 batting average with two home runs and seven RBIs in 41 games and 12 starts. Blair's playing time peaked in 2017, as he started 25 games and hit .258. He ends his South Carolina career with a batting average of .247, three home runs and 20 RBIs. Former teammate LT Tolbert chimed in on Blair's decision on social media, writing on Twitter that Tampa "is getting the best CF in the country! I've seen what this dude can do with confidence on a daily basis and there's nobody better." Blair is the third reported transfer from USC this offseason, joining freshmen Kyle Jacobsen and Elijah Bowers in leaving coach Mark Kingston's program.
  10. The reason Josh Vann chose South Carolina over Georgia June 20, 2018 ATLANTA -Josh Vann only took recruiting visits to three schools, and those trips made his choice an easy one. “He grew up a Georgia kid, and I thought he’d go to Georgia,” said Bryan Lamar, Vann’s coach at Tucker High School in Northeast Atlanta. “Georgia offered him and recruited him hard, but he just liked South Carolina more for whatever reason.” Here’s the reason the four-star wide receiver picked the Gamecocks over the home state Bulldogs: “My parents didn’t know anything about the recruiting process, and I didn’t either. When Georgia was there, I was pretty happy. When we went up there, it was pretty good, but when we went to South Carolina, it was a whole different feeling. It was a more comfortable feeling. My parents enjoyed it. "My mom told me she felt like she was on vacation every time she went down there. If you got your mom saying that, then, hey, that’s pretty much all I need,” Vann said. The recruiting trips to Athens and Columbia felt completely different to Vann, who enrolled this month at USC. “It was more than just football every time we went (to South Carolina). It was activities every time we went up there,” Vann said. “Every time we went to Georgia, it was more of a serious note, like, ‘This is what we’re going to have to do. Getting drafted.’ Ain’t nothing wrong with that, but get to know me first. I liked (South Carolina). My parents loved it. That’s how that went.” On one unofficial visit to South Carolina, Vann rode golf carts, played basketball, participated in rock climbing and played dodge ball with the Gamecocks coaching staff. Head coach Will Muschamp “is pretty all right” at dodge ball, Vann reported. “He moves pretty slow, but he was dodging some,” said Vann, who also made a visit to Kansas State. “I think he got me out one time. He got lucky on that one.” Vann recently had shoulder surgery but expects to be ready to compete when the Gamecocks' fall practice begins in August. THE STATE
  11. Legacy prospect works out for Gamecocks at WR June 20, 2018 A look at wide receiver Gabe Stephens, the son of former South Carolina offensive lineman Calvin Stephens, returned to Columbia earlier this month for a session at Muschamp Camp. “It went very well. I liked how they did things down there. It was very interesting. I liked it a lot,” Gabe said. The younger Stephens is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound 2021 athlete from Mountain Island Charter (Mount Holly, N.C.) with offers from Charlotte, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse. He played defensive back as a freshman, but worked out this month for the Gamecocks at wide receiver. “[Running backs] Coach [Bobby] Bentley, he was asking me if I wanted to play DB or receiver, because he knows I’m capable of it,” Stephens said. “On my film, he’d just seen me at defensive back, so I just wanted to show them what I could do at receiver and that’s why I did it.” It was a productive afternoon with offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, who also serves as wide receivers coach. “I picked up some things about with my routes, how to run my routes. I picked some stuff up from [McClendon],” Stephens said. What was the message from South Carolina’s two assistant coaches? “They told me to keep working hard, keep doing what you’re doing, stuff like that. They said they’ll be keeping up with me,” Stephens said. Trending with Bama cornerback Four-star cornerback Jaydon Hill returned to South Carolina last weekend for a multi-day unofficial visit. The 6-foot, 172-pound 2019 prospect from Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.) told SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut that he thinks highly of the Gamecocks. “South Carolina is definitely one of the higher choices, if not number one. Right now, it probably would be South Carolina as my number one,” Hill said. “They are kind of sliding up on top really.” Hill, who was offered by Florida during his trip to South Carolina, plans to visit the Gators later this month. Trips to Michigan and Texas A&M also could be made before he reaches a decision in August. Mississippi State and Tennessee also are among the schools receiving consideration.
  12. With garnet in his hair, Trae Hannibal moves forward as USC's poster boy in '19 class June 20, 2018 From the tips of his hair to the number on his chest to the city he was playing in, Trae Hannibal was a slam-dunking poster boy for South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. The recent USC basketball commitment was at Ridge View High School, a main attraction during a series of exhibition games put on by Phenom Hoops recruiting service. Hannibal is an explosive, 6-foot-2, 200-pound point guard. He pledged to the Gamecocks on June 1, giving Frank Martin a fully engaged first member of his 2019 class. Hannibal’s hair? It’s a shade of red that can be confused with garnet at first glance. “It’s a little bright,” he said, “but it’s Gamecocks though.” The number Hannibal wore for his native Hartsville High? Zero, the famous digit he plans to fashion at USC. “It was always special because I’m a big (Russell) Westbrook fan,” he said. “But wearing it after him (Sindarius Thornwell), it’s a blessing.” Hannibal traveled some 60 miles west Tuesday. The drive, taken with Hartsville coach Yusuf English and the rest of the Red Foxes, is one that his family will soon get used to. Hannibal, despite offers from schools as far away as Oklahoma State, chose to stay home. “It means a lot,” said Edward Wilson, Hannibal’s father. “There were a lot of other people talking with him and everything, but it meant a lot to be playing in-state, playing under coach Martin, who is a real great coach. It meant a lot.” Hannibal, ranked by Phenom Hoops as the state’s fifth-best player, is the first of 2019’s biggest names to make his college decision. Josiah James, No. 1 on that list, has Duke and Michigan State offers. No. 2, Juwan Gary, recently visited Alabama. No. 3, Christian Brown, is coming off a visit to UNLV. No. 4, D.J. Burns, reclassified and signed with Tennessee. “A lot of the response has been they respect Trae for it,” English said. “Not wanting to wait for more offers to make a decision, he got what he wanted. They respect him for his courage and his convictions, not allowing people to talk him out of doing stuff. They really respect what his decision is. “Especially people around the state who believe in South Carolina basketball and just the ability for kids to stay in state, they really respect the fact that he wanted to stay in-state.” James, who helped Team USA capture gold in last week’s U18 FIBA Americas Championship, teams with Hannibal on the AAU circuit. The Charleston native was quick to reach out to Hannibal on June 1. “I changed my phone number, so I knew it was going to be hectic,” Hannibal said. “Somehow (Josiah) got a hold of me real fast. He was happy for me. Whatever he does, I’ll be happy with it, too.” Hannibal’s now in a unique position where he can play part-time recruiting coordinator. His early commitment allows time for Gamecock-heavy communication with the likes of James and company. He wouldn’t reveal his plans Tuesday but noted: “I've got something in the bag. THE STATE
  13. Potential additions to 2019 class June 20, 2018 Decision timeline set On the surface, it would appear to be a foregone conclusion that South Carolina is set to land 4-star athlete Keveon Mullins, who had an individual workout for offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon during Muschamp Camp. Mullins, a former Memphis commitment from that city’s Whitehaven High School, is ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 19 athlete in the Class of 2019. The Gamecocks are recruiting him as a wide receiver. “I love the coaches and how they said they would use me,” Mullins told SportsTalkSC’sPhil Kornblut. “The lead is very big. They’re No. 1. There’s one thing I like about it, that they have a lot of receivers and start as freshmen. That’s something I would like to do, go in and play as a freshman. “And I love that my position coach is the offensive coordinator and he calls the plays. That’s a good thing, that your position coach calls plays.” Mullins (6-3, 210) will announce his commitment next week during the Rivals Five-Star Challenge. He recently listed a top 4 of Georgia, Louisville, Memphis and South Carolina. The Rivals Five-Star Challenge runs from June 27-29 Later this summer Three-star cornerback Cam Smith (Blythewood, S.C.) wants to announce a commitment on Aug. 17, the first game of his senior season at Westwood High School. Smith, who moved to Maryland when he was 14, spent the last couple of seasons playing for Fort Meade (Md.) High School. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound prospect is rated by 247Sports as a 4-star and ranked No. 33 among cornerbacks in the Class of 2019. Over the last few weeks, he’s collected several significant offers, a couple of which are thought to be legit contenders. Across the industry, South Carolina is perceived as the team to beat, in part because of the affinity he’s expressed for his hometown team. After the Gamecocks offered earlier this month, Smith told SEC Country that it “means the world.” “Because that’s where I wanted to go to as a kid. That’s who I grew up rooting for and I’ve always been a Gamecock,” Smith said. That was before he returned to Tennessee for another visit and scooped up an offer from Georgia while visiting for camp. South Carolina, of course, had him back on campus last week when Westwood participated in the Gamecocks’ second 7-on-7 tournament of the month. Smith has been invited to Texas for The Opening, which could boost his recruiting profile. The Opening Finals begin June 30 and run until July 3. Over the next month or so, Smith will consider several factors before he reaches a decision on his commitment. “A home atmosphere, feeling [at home],” Smith said. “The business school rank, how many people they produce out of their business school.” In conclusion South Carolina would gain at least two more Crystal Ball selections if SpursUp Surveillance had access to the feature. Mullins and Smith are both — for now — expected to land in the Gamecocks’ 2019 class, which currently ranks No. 7 in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. If he joins, Mullins would be the No. 4-ranked prospect in South Carolina’s haul. Fellow wide receiver Jamario Holley (Rock Hill, S.C.) would be one spot behind Mullins. Smith is among several defensive back prospects considering the Gamecocks. SEC COUNTRY
  14. Gamecocks move to the front with DB Jaydon Hill JUNE 20, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Jaydon Hill DB Jaydon Hill of Madison, AL was back at USC over the weekend for an unofficial visit and a camp session, his second visit in less than three months with the Gamecocks. Prior to the visit he had the Gamecocks and Tennessee 50-50 in his mind. That’s now changed following his stay in Columbia. “South Carolina is definitely one of the higher choices, if not number one. Right now, it probably would be South Carolina as my number one,” Hill said. “They are kind of sliding up on top really.” Hill said he’s pretty sure he’s going to visit Tennessee this weekend. The Vols will have to go a long way to top his experience at USC last weekend. “I liked the visit as a whole. All the coaches showed a lot of love. That was a great visit. The whole weekend was nice,” Hill said. “It was just about what I expected. I was already thinking high about them going into it. They just met the expectations really.” Hill participated in camp drills Saturday in front of Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson. Afterwards, he got more encouraging words from the two of them. “Muschamp told me he thought really high of me, and then T-Rob. Muschamp said I can play in the secondary and they really need me,” Hill said. “That was my first time actually being coached by a coach there, working out with them and seeing how he is and stuff like that. Coach T-Rob, that’s my guy. He’s real cool.” Hill said the time with Muschamp and Robinson further increased the strength of the relationship he has built with the coaches and is a major reason he thinks highly of the program. Hill said he will visit Florida next month and he also wants to visit Michigan and Texas A&M before a decision which has said likely will come in August.

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