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  1. ConwayGamecock

    WR Keveon Mullins delays decision

    Mullins delays no longer!
  2. Excellent breakdown. As I have said before, this roster is a solid roster that will only get better as long as the players stay in the program. Coach Martin and staff have proven themselves to be great developers and teachers - the players that stayed their careers at USC under CFM (Carrera, Chatkevicius, Kacinas, Thornwell, Notice, McKie) and were healthy during them all developed and most became major contributors and leaders on the team. Carrera and Thornwell became all-conference players. Silva looks to be next in line this coming season. The big issue has been the large number of player attrition from the program, causing the staff to have to rebuild the roster many off-seasons, and depend on young players or transfers with little experience in playing in a Frank Martin system. At least this coming season we'll have some experience and continuity in Silva, Gravett, Kotsar, Minaya, Haase, Hinson, and Cudd to build the team around. The first 5 have been our starting units to tip off many games last season, so hopefully the season next season will start off more consistent and on the same page, while our opponents are figuring out their starting units, and we can get a jump on the OOC part of the schedule......
  3. ConwayGamecock

    AJ Lawson to announce commitment Tuesday

    Lawson chose the Gamecocks! Huge get for the program! I am liking this class more and more - we already have Minaya, Kotsar, and Haase for the next 2 years at least that provides solid depth, and adding this decent class with Moss, Cousinard, Frink, and Bryant of solid guards and wings continues to bring in athleticism and length into the program. There have been positive reviews about all these players, especially Frink and Bryant in recent months. Now we add Lawson to this class (he was originally a part of the 2019 class but was reportedly re-classified for 2018, so he comes in with this class for this coming season), and add to them PG graduate transfer Tre Campbell. It will be another young roster for the staff to develop, but as long as these players stay in the program, IMO we will have another strong team soon....
  4. ConwayGamecock

    AJ Lawson to announce commitment Tuesday

    Apparently his announcement will be made tonight around 7 pm.....
  5. ConwayGamecock

    DB Chris Steele reportedly makes decision

    Yes, ultimately it was no surprise at all, as Steele ended up staying home and committing to the home school, as opposed to moving all the way to the East Coast and choosing either Florida or South Carolina. The funny thing is there's some controversy with his commitment, as the Rivals SoCal reporter sort of let it out of the bag before Steele was ready for it to be made public, and did it without Steele's permission. I don't know what source the reporter had to go by, but he got quite the blacklash about it, and then posted an apology and explanation on the Rivals site, but did so only for subscribers, which inflamed the situation more than helped it. Haha, so a little bit of drama going on there.....
  6. The 5 Gamecocks who were drafted but yet to sign were R. Chapman, Lawson, Cortes, Hill, and Tolbert. The author left out Lawson, but now we've seen both Chapman and Lawson have already tweeted that they will not sign, and return to USC for their senior years. This helps the pitching staff by adding a pitcher with starting experience, and a experienced BP reliever to the group. I'm also interested to see what Ganopulos brings to the pitching table: he looks like a talented arm.....
  7. ConwayGamecock

    Gamecocks rank No. 27 in Athlon's Top 130 for 2018

    It's a good spot to start out at to begin the season. Hopefully we stay close to the top 25, and we'll have an excellent chance to finish within it at the end of the season. One player I'm also excited to see return for us on defense, is LB/Buck Bryson Allen-Williams. It was a shame that his season last season was cut short due to the shoulder injury, but all reports are now that he's fully recovered and should be 100% for fall camp. Everyone talked about how strong a season Deebo Samuel was having before he got injured, but Allen-Williams wasn't doing too badly himself. In the 3 games he played - and the 3rd one against UK, where he got injured, he played a good part of that game with the injury - Allen-Williams had 3 TFL, 2 QB sacks, 1 INT and 1 fumble recovery. Over the past 2 seasons, involving 16 games, he's collected 85 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 3 INTs, and 2 fumble recoveries. That's not bad production for a guy that's been shifted and shuffled around in the box his entire career. I'm hoping that he has a full and healthy season, and added to Brunson and Greene helps make our LB unit one of the best in the SEC....
  8. ConwayGamecock

    DE Savion Jackson announces his chose today

    Yep he chose NC State. I posted in the 2019 discussion thread my thoughts on the matter. I wish Jackson well, and am just glad he didn't pick anyone we have to battle with regularly, like a Clemson, UTjr., UGA, etc......
  9. ConwayGamecock

    Westwood DB Cam Smith has top four

    It's pretty doubtful we will pull Steele away from SoCal, so I am looking at Jaydon Hill and Smith as our top remaining CB options, and McCullough as our top S option, to close out the class with 4 DBs prospects. We also are recruiting 4* JUCO DB DJ Daniel (he's leaning UGA IMO) and high 3* DB John Dixon, who has us as one of the top choices, should we miss out on either Hill or Smith. Both Steele and Hill are visiting USC this weekend - while neither are on any commitment watch, we'll keep our eyes open...
  10. ConwayGamecock

    Discussion Thread: 2019 Football Recruiting

    One particular note about losing 2019 WDE prospect Savion Jackson to NC State: while Jackson is a very talented prospect and I would have loved to have him added to our 2019 class, I am not chewing my teeth over losing him in the slightest. USC's best success under Spurrier - the 11-win seasons - were teams that had ferocious DLs that came at opposing offenses in waves, and had opposing QBs looking over their shoulders and opposing OLs quitting in mid-game. One huge reason for the program's decline at the end of Spurrier, and what Coach Muschamp has had to rebuild, was the depth and talent at DL withered up. Now we're seeing CWM and staff start building that depth back with great talent evaluations in under-rated players like Wonnum, Kinlaw, Thomas, Fennell, etc. and then ramping up the talent levels with Sandidge, Webb, Pickens, Belk, Anderson, etc. Before too long we'll be back to those terrorizing DLs we had in the glory years. So why am I not sweating losing on a DL talent like Jackson? Because of the 2020 class: the top 5 rated in-state prospects for the next cycle are all 4* or higher, with 2 of them 5* rated. And they are all five DL prospects. One of them have already committed to the up northerly school, and we won't factor with him, but the others we'll all have strong chances to add to our roster, especially with another strong season this season with 9+ wins and possibly a top 25 final ranking. So, it's probably already going to be a battle for the staff to get as many of those kids into the program, with the DL depth we've already compiled. We'll most likely lose Wonnum and Kinlaw after this season to the NFL, but that's it, unless someone else blows up. No one else at the position are seniors. But in any case, if the staff will work to add to the talent depth along the DL, they'll have plenty of quality options in our own backyard for 2020. So I'm OK with Jackson choosing NC St.....
  11. Shame to read about Jacobsen leaving: with Cortes leaving, I figure that Olson and Hopkins will lock down an OF position, but Blair isn't exactly a sure bet IMO for the other spot, and Campbell is more of a INF than OF. Kyle had opportunity for more playing time. I guess he feels he needs to be starting somewhere though. Now we'll start seeing more of a Mark Kingston-recruited team from here on out - the incoming class of players are a talented group, even with the MLB losses of Owen White, Taj Bradley, so Kingston will have plenty of options to rebuild the roster. And hopefully Hopkins is healthy next season, and Olson returns to his 2017 form when he led the team in batting, and Coach Meade can have an entire offseason to work with the pitching and develop a dependable staff. We'll see - either way this past season had some dips and bends but overall ended up being a solid first season for the new staff....
  12. ConwayGamecock

    VIDEO: Frank Martin summer update news conference

    I like Coach Martin, and feel he is a solid coach at developing competitive basketball teams. I think he has some decent quality players coming in for this season, that if they stay in the program could end up being major contributors for the team. But he is not a great recruiter, and doesn't have the ability to lure the bigger name talent to USC. I hope the recruiting game isn't so corrupt these days that all elite prep BB talent requires dirty tactics to get their attention, but often I've felt that Martin and his staff are just slow to react to the better talent in-state when they start blowing up. We always seem to be a year late in offering the guys, if not more. But if the players can just stay in the program for a few years, I think Coach Martin could have the team winning consistently on a moderate level, like 20+ win seasons and participating in post-season tournaments most seasons. If he can stay in Columbia long enough to get the program to that level, perhaps we'll start having better results on the recruiting trail, where prep players start wanting to come play for South Carolina, in spite of Martin's recruiting efforts....
  13. I'm concerned with this game, particularly where our defense is involved. Their dual threat QB Flowers will give us trouble as we have not defended the run very well at all - especially where there has been a rushing QB - and their RB is also a stout rusher. IMO our defense has sort of back-slid ever since the UT game where it played its best of the season. Hopefully the benefit of the extra practices will give us a chance to have a strong game-plan and clean up some of the arm-tackling bad habits we have. But I know USF will be coming with a chip on their shoulders: they will feel that at 10-2 they should be playing in a better bowl, and will look to prove something against us. I hope we come with the same fire as ending this season with a winning record and a bowl game win would be a huge stride forward, but our own team hasn't played with a lot of fire in recent games, so I dunno....
  14. ConwayGamecock

    USC men match highest ranking since 1997-98 season

    Very excited with how the season is going, although Thornwell's suspension worries me. Hopefully he'll return soon, but I've been hearing it may be for a while. I still think we can take down Seton Hall: they played Florida tough and lost to 3-loss Stanford by 15 pts., both on neutral courts. The wins they have have come against weak opposition thus far. We'll have a very good chance to remain undefeated after Seton Hall, but it would be great if Thornwell could be playing. It leaves very little margin for error from our other players: Dozier, Notice, Silva, and Kotsar would all have to play good games. I do like that Keita got his most minutes yet with 19, and scored 6 pts and pulled down 4 rebounds as well as 1 block. Those were season-bests for him I do believe - maybe he's now getting back to form after his hand injury, and will be able to contribute more as the season progresses.....
  15. Pretty tough loss on the road. We need to prepare better for UGA at home, and try again but better on the road against Arkansas, which will be a tougher road game IMO than this one. It's strange how this team struggles to get going in road games like they do, but they came out fired up versus Texas A&M in their house earlier, so perhaps they can rebound against Arkansas. Need to beat UGA at home though, because that's a revenge game. Keep chopping away at it, Gamecocks...
  16. ConwayGamecock

    How far will the Gamecocks advance in the Big Dance?

    I agree - this team has come a long way but was a .500 team just "yesterday", and really still lacks a few key players to make the team a definite NCAAT-type team. Because of this I was thinking that winning 20+ games, making the NIT and getting a few wins there would be a solid step forward for Coach Martin's program after barely getting to 17-16 last season. So definitely if we actually end up as one of the top 4 teams in the SEC and make the NCAAT, then that's way beyond my expectations. Don't expect much beyond that though - we've struggled to win NCAAT games even with much more talented teams that went in the past than what we now have, so I won't place any high expectations on the team beyond that. No matter what happens, IMO we won't fail to make at least the NIT, so from this point on IMO we've had a solid good season, and hopefully the staff can get 1-2 more quality players to go with Keita for next season - maybe a true big man as opposed to a stretch forward - and just continue to improve the program. I'm happy with how Coach Martin and staff have done it so far....
  17. ConwayGamecock

    2G Kyran Bowman feels USC offer will happen

    Looks like a solid prospect along the lines of what our staff is recruiting. He's getting more attention now that he's solely a basketball prospect and no longer a football one. Would be a quality addition if we can get him....
  18. Very nice and explosive offensive output by the Gamecocks. Webb was solid again for his 2nd win on the early season. Lets go for the sweep tomorrow!
  19. ConwayGamecock

    Texas A&M releases its first depth chart

    The thing of special note here is the true freshman CB: veteran startign CB DeVante Harris is now out for a month with a urinary tract infection, and will miss the USC game. Having a RS-freshman suddenly put into a starter's role evens things out with our own issues at CB a bit. At least we'll have some experience with Williams and McWilliams available (fingers crossed).... Here is the linked article on the TAMU starter being out: http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2014/08/starting-cb-harris-will-miss-aggies-opener-at-south-carolina/#25038101=0&25957103=0 ahh, he's a RS- freshman, not true freshman...
  20. ConwayGamecock

    Even in a loss, this team is fun to watch

    I also think Carrera needs to improve on his fouling....Slawson too, but at this point in his career I doubt that happens. Slawson just doesn't have a high basketball IQ. I think Carrera is much smarter, but he's been getting in foul trouble early in games and we need him on the floor for offense and rebounding. As well as his natural energy I think boosts the team...
  21. ConwayGamecock

    Even in a loss, this team is fun to watch

    I have seen a much better organized game-plan for the team this season than in the final years under Horn. Horn's teams declined in most every offensive stat from year to year: scoring ppg, FG%, etc. Under Horn, the team would dribble the ball, dribble, the ball, dribble the ball. The others not with the ball just stood and watched. There was no spacing, no ball movement from player to player. And because the other 4 were standing around, that meant the defense was ALSO standing around... When you have the ball, you work the ball around the horn, and the teammates that Don't have the ball should be in constant movement. This FORCES the defense move as well, and with picks and screens to create openings and poor matchups that you can exploit. When the defense doesn't have to move around, they don't get confused or lose their man, and will be in your face all the time... So under Horn, our offense was typically a lot of dribbling and standing around, then the shot clock runs down and it's a poor heave at the rim with a defender all in your face because you never made them move. And because they never moved around they are also in great shape to rebound the miss from your heaved up poor shot selection at the buzzer. Under Coach Martin, I see a LOT more intelligent spacing, movement of players without the ball, passing of the ball, and proper placement on the court for higher-percentage shots. The only thing is we're missing a lot of those high-percentage shots, and are not executing. We're also still making dumb fouls and turnovers, although we've improved on the TOs in the past 2-3 games. But we need players that can make the shots when they get them. I guess that will come in the next couple of seasons, but I like Coach Martin's approach thus far: he IS coaching the team, something I saw very little of from Horn....
  22. ConwayGamecock

    Updated news on defensive line coach

    Good to add another quality recruiter, and he has some extensive experience at the FBS level. May be a drop-off in talent development, but then again perhaps not. Glad to see we got a replacement so quickly so we can move on towards NSD....
  23. ConwayGamecock

    What in the world happened to our running game?

    As far as the Michigan game, the Wolverines had statistically a solid pass defense, but they were missing several key DBs for the bowl game, and I'm sure Spurrier felt that we could exploit that weakness. As for the season, IMO it's a total of many factors: first off, we had 3 OL starting for the first time in their careers, with both OTs playing college FB for the first time. Lattimore was a horse for us and could always be counted for major production and scoring, but he was dealing with injuries all season (even when he was playing, he was being limited on carries early in the season). Shaw played a huge role in '11 with his rushing, but was hampered at first with an injured shoulder that prevented him from diving into tackles, and later with a painful foot. Wilds was a pleasant surprise for us in the 2nd half of '11, but was lost for this season to injury. We still had Miles, Davis, and Shaw to a certain degree for the final 4 games of the season after losing ML versus UT: Davis led the team against Arkansas with 53 yds and a TD; Miles ran all over Wofford for 127 yds and a TD, both Miles and Davis combined for 88 yds against Clemson, and Shaw was the team rushing offense in the bowl versus Michigan with 96 yds. Hopefully Connor returns to 100% health because IMO he's a very dynamic aspect of our rushing offense. We'll have Davis, Wilds, Carson, and Salley for depth at RB: hopefully one of them step forward and become a dependable run threat and short-yardage option for scoring for us. Before this season, Spurrier was of the mind that our passing offense would florish this season, and it didn't really happen. IMO he still thinks we should have a consistent passing attack for next season with Shaw, Thompson, and possibly both Sanders and Ellington returning. If we can average around 150 rushign yds per game next season to provide consistent balance and our QBs remain healthy through the season, hopefully our offense continues to improve. The scoring offenses of 30.93 in '10, 30.08 in '11, and 31.54 this season....the top 3 offenses under Spurrier, and this year's was the best. Spurrier thinks it could and should be better next season...
  24. Hey guys, I just joined today! This site sounds and looks familiar to me, somehow.....was a version of it online in the past? FeatheredCock is also familiar to me. Lol, I've been on so many Gamecock forums, that I can't keep up with all of them. Anyways, looking to contribute, and excited about the coming season! Go Cocks!!
  25. ConwayGamecock

    Gamecocks work out twice Tuesday

    Over the years with Spurrier as our head coach, I have always listened for him to give glowing reviews for his offense in preparation for the season, or during the season. There have been very few of them...between porous OLs and inconsistent QBs, to often lack of quality WRs and RBs, Spurrier's offenses have struggled perhaps more at USC than they ever have in his coaching career. But heading into this season, I don't believe I've ever heard Spurrier praise the offense in all aspects like he has this time around: from repeating how he feels the OL will be much improved, to saying that he has two quality QBs to work with. We all know about the RB situation....now he's been really complimenting our receivers in recent practices as well. It certainly helps generate some excitement for me heading into the season....

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