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  1. Gamecocks' Recruiting Class Ranked No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball Sept. 24, 2018 TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of South Carolina baseball team’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 12 in the country by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced this morning (Monday, Sept. 24). The Gamecocks’ class is now nationally ranked by two publications after Baseball America has Carolina at No. 21. South Carolina is one of 11 schools from the Southeastern Conference in CB’s top-25 list. The recruiting class features four players (Josiah Sightler, Andrew Eyster, Brady Allen and Wes Clarke) that were selected in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The Gamecocks will continue to scrimmage this week and will host North Carolina State this Saturday (Sept. 29) at Founders Park. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. 2018 NCAA Div. I Top-25 Recruiting Rankings by Collegiate Baseball 1. LSU 2. Vanderbilt 3. Arizona 4. Louisville 5. Florida 6. Florida State 7. Clemson 8. UCLA 9. Mississippi State 10. Alabama 11. North Carolina 12. South Carolina 13. Ole MIss 14. Auburn 15. Texas 16. Texas Tech 17. Missouri 18. Coastal Carolina 19. Kentucky 20. Miami (Fla.) 21. Stetson 22. Oklahoma State 23. Oregon State 24. Arkansas 25. Kent State
  2. Baseball America Ranks Gamecocks' Recruiting Class Sept. 12, 2048 DURHAM, N.C. – South Carolina baseball’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 21 in the nation by Baseball America, the publication announced this afternoon (Wednesday, Sept. 12).South Carolina is one of nine schools from the Southeastern Conference in BA’s top-25 list. It also is the ninth straight season the Gamecocks’ recruiting class has been ranked by the publication. The recruiting class features four players (Josiah Sightler, Andrew Eyster, Brady Allen and Wes Clarke) that were selected in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft.The first chance to see the Gamecocks’ recruiting class is during the team’s fall scrimmages. The Gamecocks are slated to play this Friday (Sept. 14) at 4 p.m., but fans are encouraged to follow Gamecock Baseball on Twitter (@GamecockBasebll) for schedule updates as Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolinas. 2018 NCAA Div. I Top-25 Recruiting Rankings by Baseball America1. LSU2. Vanderbilt3. Florida State4. Louisville5. Florida6. UCLA7. Texas A&M8. Texas9. Clemson10. Miami11. Virginia12. Mississippi State13. Arizona14. Southern California15. Alabama16. Cal State Fullerton17. Auburn18. Texas Tech19. Florida International20. TCU21. South Carolina22. North Carolina23. Kentucky24. Illinois25. Coastal Carolina
  3. In-state righty Samuel Swygert commits to USC August 21, 2018 2020 RHP Samuel Swygert (6-1 185) of South Aiken committed to USC. He gives the Gamecocks a dozen commitments for the 2020 class.
  4. FeatheredCock

    Baseball Facilities Video

  5. South Carolina baseball lands commitment from in-state pitcher August 12, 2018 South Carolina baseball picked up another in-state commitment Sunday. Hanahan High School rising sophomore Aidan Hunter committed to the Gamecocks. He is the third commit for Class of 2021 and second from Charleston area. Summerville’s Cole Messina committed last month. Hunter was in Columbia this weekend, taking part in Diamond Prospects’ Palmetto Games at Founders Park. The right-hander was a 5-1 with 1.13 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 37 1/3 innings this season for the Hawks.
  6. Gamecock loses baseball pledge August 03, 2018 2019 SS Kameron Guidry of Snellville, GA decommitted from USC Thursday night.
  7. FeatheredCock

    Lefty pledges to Gamecocks

    Lefty pledges to Gamecocks July 16, 2018 USC landed a commitment from 2020 LHP Magdiel Cotto (6-3 225) of Pittsburgh. He’s the Gamecocks third commitment for the ’20 class this month.
  8. USC’s Kingston lands pair of top 100 prospects July 13, 2018 Thursday was a bountiful recruiting day for USC baseball coach Mark Kingston as two highly regarded prospects in the 2020 class announced commitments to the Gamecocks, OF Josh Shuler (6-2 200) of Suwanee, GA and SS/RHP Lukas Cook (6-3 205) of Knoxville, TN. Here’s a Perfect Game scouting report on Shuler from June: Shuler also plays football for North Gwinnett High School. Cook decommitted from Mississippi State earlier this month. Here’s a Perfect Game scouting report on him from June:
  9. Spartanburg lefty commits to USC July 04, 2018 “Dantin pitched a complete game three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and was able to put any of the pitches in his repertoire wherever he wanted to and in any count. Dantin’s fastball sat in the 86-89 mph range early while gradually lessening a bit, but it is worth noting that he did bump an 88 mph fastball on his 95th pitch of the game. His curveball was his first secondary pitch that he showed and he located it well as mentioned mostly at the knees while being able to bury the pitch as well. His changeup has plenty of fade and is a nice offering to get righthanded hitter to chase out of the zone or roll over for soft contact. He stands at 6-foot-3 so it is expected that he gets plenty of angle and extension out in front, but it is never expected that a 6-foot-3 lefthander gets 7 ½ feet of extension adding two-plus mph of effective velocity to his pitches. His ceiling is extremely high.”
  10. FeatheredCock

    USC lands young infielder

    USC lands young infielder July 03, 2018 2021 Infielder Cole Messina of Summerville committed to USC Monday. He’s the Gamecocks’ second commitment for the 2021 class
  11. Two of South Carolina baseball's top relievers last season not signing with MLB team June 22, 2018 South Carolina baseball will get not one, but two of its top relievers from the 2018 campaign back for another year, as junior pitchers Graham Lawson and Ridge Chapman announced in quick succession Thursday that they will not sign with the MLB team who drafted them, the Washington Nationals.
  12. Gamecocks add Outfielder Andrew Eyster a junior college commitment June 16, 2018 Outfielder Andrew Eyster announced his commitment publicly Saturday night, becoming the 20th member of this year's class. Eyster, who just finished up his first year at Sante Fe College in New Mexico, committed to South Carolina Friday but waited until Saturday night to announce his commitment. The outfielder led his team hitting .412 with a team-best 53 RBI and 13 home runs. He was drafted this year in the 32nd round (No. 972 overall) by the Cleveland Indians.
  13. Gamecocks adds SS to ’18 class June 14, 2018 USC baseball landed a commitment this week from SS Quinntin Perez of Hancock JC, CA. This season he hit .367 with 12 doubles, 3 homers & 18 RBIs. He stole 10 bases in 12 attempts. He committed 13 errors in 31 games with a .906 fielding percentage.
  14. Top Gamecocks signee will turn pro with Diamondbacks, report says June 11, 2018 It looks like one of South Carolina's baseball signees won’t be playing for the Gamecocks next year. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Blaze Alexander has signed with the Diamondbacks. Arizona drafted Alexander in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week. Alexander committed to USC in 2015 when he was at Bishop Verlot (Fla.) High School and Chad Holbrook was still the Gamecocks’ coach. He played last year for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and hit .403 with eight homers and 27 RBIs this year. Alexander was ranked No. 85 on Baseball America’s Top 500 list heading to the draft. USC had six signees taken in the draft. Owen White went in the second round and Taj Bradley went in the fifth and both will likely sign. Swansea’s Josiah Sightler was picked in the 12th round by the Reds and hasn’t announced his decision yet. Several late-round picks, pitcher Brady Allen (39th) and Wes Clarke (40th), will likely be Gamecocks. Drafted players have until July 6 to announce their decisions if they will go/return to college or turn pro.
  15. USC baseball recruits pleased with progress in Mark Kingston's first season May 23, 2018 Daniel Lloyd was wavering on his commitment to play baseball at South Carolina but one phone call changed that. New Gamecocks’ coach Mark Kingston called the Summerville pitcher, who committed under former coach Chad Holbrook but wasn’t thinking of looking at other options after the coaching change. “I didn’t know what I wanted,” Lloyd said. “Coach Kingston called me and I loved the way he talked to me. He knew who I was and everything about me. I decided to commit back and I am I did. “I am excited to see all the improvement and see what coach Kingston does with me.” Lloyd ended up signing with USC and was one of five Gamecocks signees playing in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches All-Star games Tuesday and Wednesday at Lexington High School. Swansea’s Josiah Sightler, St. James’ Jacob English, Cane Bay’s Dylan Harley, Northwestern’s Wesley Sweatt and Lloyd were playing in the North-South select game. The future USC teammates spent the last couple days getting to know each other All but Sightler are expected to be enrolled in Columbia at some point this summer. Sightler is expected to be taken in the MLB Draft on June 4-6 and will have to choose between college and turning pro. Some of the talk this week between the future Gamecocks have been about the job Kingston has done in his first season. After a slow start, USC won five straight Southeastern Conference series to close the year and won its conference tournament opener against Missouri early Wednesday morning. The Gamecocks won’t have to sweat out when NCAA tournament selections are announced Monday. “He has got them pointed in the right direction,” said Sweatt who picked up the save in Tuesday’s North-South Select game. “The new coaching staff brings new energy and are very upbeat. They have a lot of upside going into the postseason and next year.” Sweatt, a pitcher, has been to a couple games this season and is in regular contact with the coaching staff. The same is true for English, the younger brother of former Gamecock Tanner English. Jacob English committed to play at USC before the coaching change. Once Kingston was hired, he reassured English they still had a spot for him on the team. “I knew Ray Tanner would make a good coaching decision and pick a good coach,” said English, who hit .347 and stole 27 bases in his senior season. “So I stayed true to my roots and coach Kingston. I think he is really doing a good job. It is hard to come in the first year and turn program around. I’m excited to get up there.”
  16. LHP/OF Julian Bosnic commits to Gamecocks May 03, 2018 LHP/OF Julian Bosnic (6-3 210) of Tampa committed to USC over Florida, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest. He originally signed with Wake Forest but reopened his recruiting.
  17. SS Nick Neville of San Jacinto JC, TX committed to USC April 29, 2018 SS Nick Neville of San Jacinto JC, TX committed to USC. He’s a Virginia native and started his career at Notre Dame in 2017. This season he’s hitting .331 with 25 RBIs.
  18. FeatheredCock

    Young lefty commits to USC

    Young lefty commits to USC March 17, 2018 LHP Blaise Grove (6-4 215) of Summit Point, WV committed to USC for the 2022 class. Grove made his commitment while on an unofficial visit Saturday. Here’s a brief video of Grove on the mound from PerfectGame:
  19. USC adds a righty to ’18 class March 13, 2018 2018 RHP Taj Bradley of Stone Mountain, GA committed to USC. He’s also played outfield and catcher and was originally committed to Hillsborough Community College in Florida. PerfectGame wrote this analysis of him following a December 2016 showcase: “Compact arm action with a high three-quarters arm slot. Good extension toward the plate and consistently got on a downhill plane. Filled up the strike zone and lands online. Throws a heavy fastball that sat 82-86 mph and topped out at 88 mph. Worked well on both sides of the plate. Mixed in a slider that flashed sharp movement and could be a weapon as he continues to develop the pitch.”
  20. South Carolina baseball lands one of the top freshman recruits in the county BY PHIL KORNBLUT January 10, 2018 South Carolina landed a baseball commitment Tuesday night from 2021 shortstop/pitcher Drake Varnado (6-foot-2, 155 pounds) of Port Neches, Texas. He visited USC Sunday. Perfect Game considers him to be among the best players in the country for his age group. Here’s part of the scouting report: “Primary shortstop, fields the ball out front and shows athleticism to actions, stays low fielding the ball and does a nice job of getting on top of the ball with throws, ball comes out clean, nice arm strength and carry on throws across especially for grad year. Also pitched and shows potential as two-way; side step into delivery and gets tall on back side while generate some whip to arm action out front. Full arm action through the back working to a three-quarters release point, ball comes out clean and shows subtle life to fastball which topped out at 84 mph. Flashed 11-5 shaped curveball with depth up to 69 mph with similar release point. Righthanded hitter, begins with a wide base and a high hand set and back elbow at the plate; loads hands back at start of swing. Full and easy swing path through the zone and did a nice job of working the middle of the field. Shows quickness to hands in turning around inside fastball, shows a feel for the barrel and squares ball up well.” Vardado is the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the 2021 class.
  21. Gamecocks pick up commitment from JUCO catcher January 04, 2018 Junior college catcher and former high school All-American catcher is coming to Columbia. Luke Berryhill, who's now at Walters State, announced via Twitter he's committing to South Carolina. "The past experience of the coaches makes it a very valuable opportunity. With Coach Kingston being a former professional catcher himself and me being a catcher, he will be a great resource for me to learn from," he said in a message. "As well as most of the coaches have been hitting coaches in the past, I am sure that I will be getting top-of-the-line hitting instruction as well." The catcher (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) originally committed to Georgia Southern and transferred after playing just three games and missing the majority of his freshman year with an injury. Mark Kingston and his staff first caught wind of him a few weeks ago after he left Georgia Southern and he visited Wednesday before committing Thursday afternoon. He spoke primarily with recruiting coordinator Mike Current mostly and met the rest of the coaching staff on his visit. "Being able to see the facilities myself was incredible and officially meeting the coaches in person showed that they are not only experienced, reputable baseball coaches, but are good men as well," he said. Also see: Timeline of Darius Rush's commitment Coming out of high school he was an All-American and was rated the No. 2 catcher in Georgia for the 2016 class and the No. 139 overall prospect. He'll come in for the fall of 2018. "I think I can be a good overall teammate in for the team," he said. "I have always wanted to go to Omaha so I will be focused on the team goal. I think I can be a good baseball player for the team as well and help this program win games and hopefully achieve our goal."
  22. South Carolina gets some immediate left-handed help in the early-signing period November 08, 2017 ROCK HILL - Staring down his first season at South Carolina with a severe shortage of left-handed pitchers on his roster, Gamecocks baseball coach Mark Kingston made high school senior John Gilreath an irresistable offer: Graduate early and get a chance to compete for playing time immediately. On Wednesday, Gilreath officially accepted the offer, signing his letter of intent to South Carolina and finishing a two-year-long commitment that survived coaching changes, a state title and a drastic change in plans. Gilreath, who first chose USC in August 2015, back when the Gamecocks were coached by Chad Holbrook, announced that he would be enrolling early at South Carolina on Oct. 12. In doing so, he would be forgoing his senior season at Northwestern High School, where he had recorded an 11-0 record, an 1.33 ERA and won a state championship. It was an idea he said Kingston and South Carolina’s coaches came up with, but one to which he was firmly committed. “Coach Kingston and his staff just presented me with that opportunity, and when I evaluated everything that was going on, it was just one of those things where I wanted to take advantage of it and get down there and start my college career as soon as possible,” Gilreath said. That being said, Gilreath did say things have begun to change as the end of his high school days comes closer. “It started to become real, as signing day got closer, as graduation gets closer, it’s definitely gotten surreal,” he said. As an early enrollee, Gilreath technically falls in between the recruiting classes of 2017 and 2018. However, he said he is eager to get to work and contribute immediately. “I’m definitely going to have to go down and prove myself. It’s not just a given. I have to earn what I want to acheive. They’re not returning a whole bunch of pitchers but at the same time, they’re returning enough guys that I can learn from, which is exciting, getting to show my talents that I’ve worked so hard for,” Gilreath said. On South Carolina’s pitching staff, Gilreath will join four other left-handers, all sophomores and freshmen who have never appeared in a college game. Gilreath was joined in Wednesday’s signing ceremony by one of his fellow Northwestern pitchers, right-hander Wesley Sweatt, who is also committed to play for the Gamecocks, albeit next spring, meaning he still has one more year of high school baseball, a year he’s looking forward to enjoying now that the pressure of the recruiting process is over. “I grew up a fan of (USC), I always wanted to play baseball for South Carolina,” Sweatt said. “Now that I’m signed, I don’t need to worry about trying to perform ... obviously I still need to perform to my best ability, but I don’t have that second set of nerves of trying to get a scholarship
  23. USC loses OF from 2018 class November 06, 2017 OF Kyle Horton of Forest, VA flipped from USC to Charleston Southern where his brother plays
  24. Gamecocks gains another lefty October 25, 2017 LHP Cole Ganopulos Chattahoochee Valley JC, AL committed to USC for the 2018 class. He started his career at Auburn before transferring to the junior college. Last season he had 12 appearances and 7 starts. He was 6-0 with a 1.33 ERA. He struck out 32 in 40.2 innings pitched.
  25. Gamecocks land a commitment for the 2020 baseball class October 17, 2017 2020 RHP Jack Mahoney of Algonquin, IL committed to USC.

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