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  1. Five Gamecock commits picked for NC-SC Shrine Bowl October 21, 2018 Five South Carolina commitments were among players picked for NC-SC Shrine Bowl. Four were picked to play on the South Carolina team – TL Hanna’s Zacch Pickens, Westwood’s Cam Smith, Williston-Elko’s Keshawn Toney and Northwestern receiver Jamario Holley. Central Cabarrus’ Derek Boykins was picked for NC team. Pickens is the No. 1 prospect in the state by various recruiting services and committed to South Carolina in early August. The defensive lineman has 52 tackles, three sacks on defense and has rushed for 12 touchdowns on offense this year. Smith, a defensive back, is the No. 2 ranked prospect in SC Class of 2019 according to 247Sports. It is the second all-star game selection for Smith, who was picked for the All-American Bowl. He has 33 tackles this season. Holley, the No. 3 prospect for the state, has 18 catches for 251 yards and four touchdowns and also has rushed for three scores. Toney is the 14th-ranked prospect in the state and had two touchdown catches Friday night. SC Shrine Bowl Roster Quarterbacks – Davis Beville, Greenville; Alex Meredith, TL Hanna Running backs – Ailym Ford, West Florence; Cortney Jackson, Abbeville; Ta Meric Williams, Greer Receivers – Cortes Braham, Westwood; Jalon Calhoun, Southside; DJ Chisolm, Berkeley; Jamario Holley, Northwestern; Quendarius Jefferson, Hillcrest; Donte Stanley, Latta Tight ends – Luke Deal, Emerald; Avery Reece, Belton-Honea Path; Keshawn Toney, Williston-Elko Offensive Lineman – Jackson Chappell, South Pointe; Jysaiah Cromer Broome; Jaylen Dunbar, Ridge View; John Gelotte Dorman; Evan Jumper, Myrtle Beach; Zion Nelson, Sumter; Kameren Stewart, Dutch Fork; Mason Trotter, Dorman; Wyatt Tunall, Chester; Defensive Lineman – Quack Cohen, Greer; Cooper Dawson, Hanahan; Devante Gambrell, Westside; Tysheik Galloway Belton-Honea Path; Zacch Pickens, TL Hanna; Nate Temple, Abbeville; Linebackers – Logan Billings, Boiling Springs; Deandre Cornish, Byrnes; Nick Dixon, Spartanburg; Davon Gilmore, Fort Dorchester; Shamar McCollum, Dillon; Mike McDowell, Boiling Springs; Jaquez Smith, Gaffney; Greg Williams, Swansea Defensive backs – Fentrell Cypress, Northwestern; Jalen Geiger, Spring Valley; Jaylen Mahoney, South Pointe; Hugh Ryan, Dutch Fork; Cam Smith, Westwood; Anthony Wilson, Spring Valley Kicker/punter – Michael Hayes, West Florence Head Coach: Jackie Hayes, Dillon Assistants: Steve Blanchard, Hanahan; Marion Brown, Baptist Hill; Steve LaPrad, Fort Dorchester; Chris Miller, Spartanburg; Ken Tucker, Bethune Bowman
  2. Gamecocks QB commit Luke Doty has career night against Wilson October 20, 2018 Myrtle Beach quarterback Luke Doty had a night to remember Friday night. The South Carolina Class of 2020 commit threw a career-high seven touchdowns as the Seahawks defeated Wilson 49-7 to remain unbeaten on the season. Doty finished 23-of-35 for 281 yards on the night. Myrtle Beach is 6-0 and 3-0 in Region 6-4a with two games left. Three of Doty’s TD passes were 30 yards or more. “We put together a great offensive performance,” Doty told The Sun News. “We put a lot of points up on the board. We’ve got a lot of guys around us that can make plays and they definitely did tonight. They really did make me look good.” Zacch Pickens and Ryan Hilinski, two of the the Gamecocks’ top recruits for Class of 2019, had big nights Friday. Pickens continued his success on both sides of the ball as he ran for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 54-yarder in the 56-24 win over Laurens. He has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. On defense, Pickens led the team with 10 tackles. Hilinski and Orange Lutheran bounced back with a 28-20 win over Servite. Hilinski threw three TDs, including a 92-yard one to Logan Loya, and finished with 352 yards on 24-of-36 passing. The 352 yards were four off his career high set earlier this year. Class of 2019 Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Off this week Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Plays Garden City Community College on Saturday. Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, N.C.) – Had a TD catch in Wake Forest’s win over Rolesville. Class of 2020 Mecose Todd (Villa Rice HS, Ga.) – Had a TD run in 36-8 win over Woodland.
  3. Four-star decommits from Trojans. Gamecocks pledge says he was at ‘The Wrong USC’ Oct. 19, 2018 South Carolina football had been in it with four-star recruit Chris Steele right up until the end. But in the end, the Southern California product picked the USC closer to where he lives. Until Thursday. Steele, rated the No. 42 player in the country by 247Sports, decommtted from Southern Cal. Soon after he did, Gamecocks pledge Cam Smith stepped in with an a few words about the news. Steele visited USC in the spring. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder is now part of a St. John Bosco team ranked No. 1 in the country. He has 19 tackles, eight pass break-ups and one blocked kick. Smith is a fast-rising prospect in his own right, now rated No. 213 in the 247 Sports composite rankings. Smith has 33 tackles, two for loss and caught two passes for 59 yards this season.
  4. ATH Quavaris Crouch says two tied at the top of his list OCTOBER 18, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Quavaris Crouch ATH Quavaris Crouch (6-3 222) of Charlotte remains one of the nation’s top prospects despite playing just one game this season. Crouch rushed for 3246 yards and 33 touchdowns and totaled 51 tackles and 14 sacks last season. But a high ankle sprain in game one ended his senior campaign. But the recruiting campaign storms ahead. Last Saturday Crouch was in the house at USC as the Gamecocks battled Texas A&M. Crouch had previously visited USC and Will Muschamp, Bobby Bentley and Travaris Robinson are putting forward their best effort with him. “Everything was good. I was mainly was there to see my lineman that played for me last year, Jovaughn Gwyn. I wanted to go see him,” Crouch said. “It wasn’t a lot of recruiting in it. I talked to Coach Muschamp and Bentley and all them. I got a good relationship with everybody on the staff. It was pretty fun.” Crouch again got the chance to talk face-to-face with Muschamp and the message remained the same. “Come somewhere where you can be the first, not the second, you know, where we could start something.” Crouch continues to refer to himself as an athlete but has pretty much made the decision to focus on linebacker in college, with a little running back thrown in for good measure when the opportunity allows. “For me, I think it’s a business decision I’m making, more longevity,” Crouch said. “I think it sets me up for the goal I’m having. I’m not saying I won’t ever run the ball again, I’m just saying I think I want to play linebacker. I do want to hop on the other side sometime. Some colleges tell me I can do both, have a package at running back. But it may be the other way around. You won’t never know until you get to school and find out I’m not as good as I thought I was going to be at this. I know I’m a good running back. I feel like at that position (linebacker) I’m kind of flexible because I’m big enough to play inside but I’m fast enough to get around the edge. It’s just kind of what their scheme is and how they want to handle it and then you go from there.” This Saturday Crouch will make a return trip to Clemson. He also visited in March and in late September for the Syracuse game. “Clemson has been a successful team, they always are going to be successful,” Crouch said. “I feel like they bring in good recruiting classes. I feel like that’s the most stable program that I am getting recruited by, honestly, other than Alabama. They’re stable. They are on top of things. They’re kind of solid. It’s not a lot of fixing to do. It’s a good program already, you just come in and do your part.” Clemson has told him he’s viewed as an athlete and they’ll figure out his position once he gets there. But again, he’s more included to play linebacker for Brent Venables. “Coach Venables is one of the smart defensive coordinators, he does a good job every year,” said Crouch. “I feel like they use their linebackers pretty good.” Crouch has a tentative lineup now for his official visits. He is planning to go to Michigan November 3rd for the Penn State game, to Clemson November 17th for the Duke game and to Alabama December 7th. He’s also planning officials to Southern Cal and Florida State. And, he’s got leaders at this point. “I would say Michigan is #1, but the weather is crazy,” Crouch said. “I feel like Michigan and Clemson are tied for #1.” Crouch said Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt has been in to see him and he’s expecting USC coaches to visit Friday. By the way, he has a brother who is a freshman at NC State so he’ll get the chance to watch him Saturday, but he said State is not a factor in his
  5. South Carolina commit Zacch Pickens has career night on ground for TL Hanna October 13, 2018 THE STATE South Carolina commit Zacch Pickens showed off his running skills again and quarterback commit Luke Doty had a hand in all three of Myrtle Beach’s touchdowns Friday night. Pickens, a five-star defensive line commit, had a 79-yard run and also had a 1-yard TD run in TL Hanna’s 60-22 win over Wade Hampton. The 79-yard run was Pickens’ longest of his career. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder capped off the drive with a 1-yard run for his 10thtouchdown of the season. Pickens’ 80 total yards also was a career-high. On defense, he had three tackles and a sack. Doty, the junior and Class of 2020 commit, was 24-of-37 passing for 268 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 45 yards and a score in the 21-0 win over Marlboro County. Class of 2019 quarterback commit Ryan Hilinksi had his game postponed Friday because of weather in Southern California. Orange Lutheran’s game against JSerra will be made up Saturday at 1:30 p.m. EST. Northwestern receiver Jamario Holley had the game-winning touchdown for the second straight week. Holley’s 11-yard catch from Dustin Noller with 8:42 left was the difference as Northwestern defeated Nation Ford, 21-20 for its second straight win. Holley finished with two catches for 18 yards. How other Gamecock commits fared this week: Class of 2019 Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Plays Army Prep on Saturday Rodricus Fitten (Washington HS, Ga.) – Off this week Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Off this week Kevin Harris (Bradwell Institute, Ga.) – Team off this week Ryan Hilinski (Orange Lutheran, Calif) – Game against JSerra postponed because of weather. Will be made up Saturday with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. EST Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, N.C.) – Game postponed because of Hurricane Michael. Keveon Mullins (Whitehaven, Tenn.) – Off this week Keshawn Toney (Williston-Elko) – Missed game with injury Class of 2020 Mecose Todd (Villa Rice HS, Ga.) – Off this week.
  6. Big West Coast offer for Hilinski Oct. 13, 2018 Stanford Thursday offered USC QB commitment Ryan Hilinski according to 247Sports. Unofficially, that gives him 9 offers from Pac-12 schools. Hilinski, despite offers still coming in, has never wavered from his Gamecock commitment.
  7. Weekend visits; Local PK visits USC Oct. 13, 2018 It also was reported earlier in the week that RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte will be in Columbia Saturday on an unofficial visit. Among the visitors scheduled for USC this weekend is CB Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX. He’s coming in for an official visit. He’s the son of Deion Sanders. 2021 SAF Jordan Burrell and his brother 2021 WR Joshua Burrell of Blythewood plan to visit USC Saturday for the Texas A&M game. They visited Virginia Tech last weekend. PK Alex Herrera of Spring Valley visited USC last weekend for the Missouri game. That was his second visit this season with the Gamecocks. “Truly really enjoyed my visits there. I was able to stand on their sidelines and enjoy the locker room after. Coach Hutzler has been in contact with me throughout this process which has guided me and he has been very helpful. He has offered me to come back to any game. They are still assessing their kicking needs for 2019.” Herrera will visit Virginia this Saturday. He’s also heard from Charlotte, East Tennessee State and VMI.
  8. USC #Gamecocks one of the early offers for Tennessee corner OCTOBER 11, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Link: sportstalk De’Arre McDonald USC has a commitment out of Murfreesboro, TN for the 2019 class in DE Joe Anderson, who will visit Saturday for the Texas A&M game. And the Gamecocks’ area recruiter Bobby Bentley is now going after Anderson’s 2020 teammate cornerback De’Arre McDonald. Bentley recently offered and McDonald, with Anderson’s heavy influence, is looking hard at the Gamecocks. “Running back coach (Bentley) talked to me and said he had heard a lot about me and came to watch me play,” McDonald said. “After the game, Joe told me that they liked me and would be in contact soon. Two weeks later they offered me. It was unbelievable, it was crazy. He (Bentley) said he liked how I move and I have great size to be a corner and I move well. He said they want me to be a Gamecock.” McDonald recently visited Louisville and he has an offer from the Cardinals. He also plans to visit USC at some point. “I’ve been talking with Coach Bentley and he informed me they are giving me a full ride and really want me to come visit and start a bond with them and see how they are and get a feel for each other,” McDonald said. The Gamecocks have been attempting to upgrade at the corner position thru recent classes and McDonald is confident he could be an early contributor. He has three interceptions this season. “I’m an athletic player, I can make tackles in open field and I cover well,” he said. “I’m still working on my speed. I’m just an overall good corner, I do everything maybe better than what normal corners do.” As for his pal Anderson and his efforts to persuade him to join him in Columbia, McDonald said he’s listening. “He talks to me as much as possible, he tells me all the time to come and visit with him just to see how it is. He wants me to be on the same team. We talk here and there, we talk a lot. That’s my guy.” McDonald actually grew up in Detroit and is a fan of the Michigan Wolverines. He only recently moved to Tennessee so he’s not latched on to any one team in the SEC area, at this point.
  9. Gamecock Recruiting Notes Oct. 11, 2018 Spring Valley PK Alex Herrera made an unofficial visit to USC last Saturday. He is ranked 15th as a placekicker and 25th as a punter by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camps. USC commit DE Joe Anderson will visit this weekend for the Texas A&M game.
  10. 2018 South Carolina Mr. Football Finalists Revealed (AUDIO) OCTOBER 10, 2018 BY WILL PALASZCZUK LINK: SPORTSTALK The South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association released the five finalists for Mr. Football in the Palmetto State on Wednesday. South Carolina commit DL Zacch Pickens of TL Hanna highlights the finalist list, along with Appalachian State commit OT Wyatt Tunall of Chester and Liberty commit QB Johnathan Bennett of Summerville. Undecided prospects RB Ailym Ford of West Florence and QB Darius Tyrell Jackson of Wren round out the list of five. Pickens is bidding to become the second straight prospect (Former Fort Dorchester QB Dakereon Joyner) and ninth overall to pledge to the Gamecocks and win the award. The last Mr. Football to leave the state to compete collegiately was James Madison QB Gabe Moloney, an alum of Northwestern High School. Seven former recipients have played or are currently playing in the National Football League. The Mr. Football Award will be presented at halftime of the Touchstone Energy North-South Game on December 15th at Brooks Stadium in Conway. The game and the presentation will air live on select South Carolina Radio Network affiliates. Broadcast information will be made available closer to the event. Shell Dula reveals 2018 Mr. Football finalists on SportsTalk
  11. Gamecocks invite South Aiken QB to Saturday’s game Oct. 10, 2018 2020 South Aiken QB (6-4 200) Jesse Sanders plans to attend Saturday’s game at USC with Texas A&M at the invitation of the Gamecocks. “My interest level with the Gamecocks is the highest out of the other few colleges that are recruiting me, It has always been my dream school and after getting an invite to the game, it has boosted my interest even more than before. I can’t wait to go this weekend.” Sanders said USC offensive recruiter Bryan McClendon came by his school and told him he liked his film and the fact he’s a two-sport athlete. He also plays baseball. He’s also listed as a receiver for the Thoroughbreds. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State are two others he’s been talking to.
  12. Gamecocks to host CB Shilo Deion’s son this weekend OCTOBER 9, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Shilo Sanders He may be best known right now for being the son of a college and NFL hall-of-famer, but cornerback Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX, son of Deion Sanders, is hoping to make a name for himself at the next level and beyond. He will begin that process this weekend with his first official visit and it will be to USC. Sanders was offered by the Gamecocks in late September and he has been in conversation with Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson since then. The Gamecocks are still shopping for corners in their 2019 class since they will lose a pair of senior starters after the season and three overall, The visit also will give Sanders a chance to watch another of the offering teams in Texas A&M. He picked up an offer from his dad’s alma mater, Florida State, Tuesday night. He also has offers from Colorado State, Syracuse, UCF, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Georgia and others. He said he also will take an official visit to Colorado State in December. He has not yet settled on favorites and said he’s still open to all the schools recruiting him. According to MaxPreps, thru five games this season Sanders recorded 10 tackles, 1 interception and recovered 1 fumble. And like his dad, the younger Sanders also is a baseball prospect as an outfielder with offers in that sport from Oregon State and UCF among others. By the way, his brother Shedeur is the sophomore quarterback on the team and already holds offers from Florida State, Florida, Houston, LSU, Louisville, Oregon, Penn State, Syracuse and Baylor according to Rivals.
  13. Perry reviews latest visit with the #Gamecocks OCTOBER 9, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Jalen Perry Cornerback Jalen Perry of Dacula, GA has been a prime USC target since before he decommitted from Georgia last week. And his first visit post-decommitment was Saturday to USC for the Missouri game. It was beneficial unofficial visit for Perry and Will Muschamp. “I had a great a great conversation with Coach Muschamp and Coach T-Rob,” Perry said. “I enjoyed the game. It was a big win for them. It was a great time and I had a great time while I was there. They just told me that they want me there, fitting in there with my versatility in the secondary and how long I am on the outside. They just think I’ll be a great fit in their system and they kind of broke down my film and told me that’s what they want me to be.” Perry has been to USC several times over the past two years. He visited for the Georgia game earlier this season, he made a camp appearance last summer, and he was in for two games in 2017. He knows well the Gamecock depth chart and his chance for early playing time. “I think there’s definitely opportunity there,” he said. “Both their corners this year are seniors and they’ll be moving on next year. So, the opportunity is there and I think I’ll work and compete with the guys that are there for that corner position, so that that’s what I’m coming in looking to do there.” Muschamp also knows what he’s losing at corner and that’s why he’s made Perry a high priority, a fact he’s shared with him. “He’s telling me I’m definitely important, definitely someone they want to help build depth,” Perry said. “They have young DBs and they want me to add to that list. I’m definitely important to them.” Perry will take an unofficial visit to Michigan this weekend and he also plans to visit Florida. He’s also considering Auburn. He said he would not rule out another visit to USC this season. Perry still plans to take his official visits before making a decision. At this point he said none of the top four schools with him stands out.
  14. Updates on SAF Dedrrick Holmes & ATH Jashon Watkins Oct. 09, 2018 SAF Dedrrick Holmes of Evans, GA made it to USC Saturday for another unofficial visit. He got the chance to visit with Travaris Robinson after the game but due to the circumstances caused by the weather, he was not able to get into an extended conversation. He said Robinson wants him back for another visit. He will visit Auburn this Saturday. ATH Jashon Watkins of Nashville said USC is still involved in his recruiting and he plans to visit soon. The Gamecocks are in his final 8 with Memphis, Mississippi State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
  15. Report says RB/LB Quavaris Crouch might visit USC Saturday Oct. 09, 2018 RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte had an official visit to Michigan scheduled for this coming weekend but he’s postponed that until November 3rd according to Rivals. Instead, he possibly will take an unofficial visit to USC Saturday according to the report. The report also stated Crouch might return to Clemson next weekend for the NC State game. He was at Clemson for the Syracuse game and he reportedly has an official visit with the Tigers set for November 17th.
  16. CB Jalen Perry plans return visit to USC Saturday OCTOBER 5, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Jalen Perry CB Jalen Perry of Dacula, GA announced a decommitment from Georgia Thursday night after nearly a year in the Bulldog’s 2019 recruiting class. And USC is one of the schools that could benefit. He visited for the Georgia game and is returning Saturday for the Missouri game. “I’m looking at some other schools right now, schools like South Carolina that have some interest in me and continue to recruit me throughout this process,” Perry said earlier this week. “I would say I’m definitely still looking for that best fit for me and my family, looking for the best situation. I’m just not sure where I’m going to end up right now.” Perry has a long-standing relationship with Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson. He has worked out privately for them at camp and he also visited for a pair games in the 2017 season. “Talk to them very often, multiple times per week,” Perry said. “I talk to those guys a lot about a lot of different things, just South Carolina in general and how they see me fitting in in their program. Those guys do a great job of always communicating with me and stuff like that. The Gamecocks are really high with me because I’ve always liked it in Columbia.” Perry said all of the exposure to Muschamp and the Gamecocks leaves him in a comfortable position with them when it comes to thinking about his future on the field. “I’m familiar with them and their coaching style and they are familiar with me and how I play,” he said. “They like long, physical corners. They say I have good height and size for the position. They like my ball skills and how I play the ball in the air. And my athleticism and man to man skills, they think I fit great great into their system and the style of corners that they are looking for.” Perry also has been to Georgia and Auburn and plans to visit Florida and Michigan. He said he will take all five of his official visits and USC will get one. At this point, Perry said, USC, Florida, Auburn and Michigan all are recruiting him hard. But, he said, the Gamecocks are making that extra effort. “I don’t think there’s another school that talks to me quite as much. The Gamecocks always show a whole lot of love.” Perry said his parents will join him on his visit to USC Saturday.
  17. Gamecock commits Jamario Holley, Zacch Pickens have big nights in teams’ victories Oct. 07, 2018 Northwestern got its first win of season Friday night and Jamario Holley had a hand in it. The South Carolina commit scored the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run with 32 seconds left and picked off a pass as time expired to help Northwestern (SC) to a 31-27 win over Clover. It was Northwestern’s first win in six games this season. Holley, a receiver, caught four passes for 102 yards, all in the first half and a TD. His 56-yard catch from Dustin Noller gave Northwestern a 21-6 lead in the second quarter. Holley has 16 catches for 232 yards and three touchdowns this season. Zacch Pickens continued his strong season senior season. The five-star prospect rushed for 42 yards and a score and had 10 tackles, including three for loss, in the 41-0 win over Easley. Pickens has rushed for nine touchdowns on the season. Ryan Hilinski, Class of 2019 quarterback commit, had another big night but it wasn’t enough against nationally-ranked St. John’s Bosco. Hilinski was 23- of-38- for 261 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the 62-38 loss to the No. 2 ranked team in USA Today’s Super 25 poll. For the season, Hilinski has thrown for 1,869 yards and 23 touchdowns. Kevin Harris, Class of 2019 running back commit, accounted for three touchdowns in Bradwell Institute (Ga.) 27-8 win over Effingham County. Harris rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and also caught a 27-yard pass. Harris has four straight 100-yard rushing games. How some of the other Gamecock commits fared Friday: Class of 2019 Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Team plays Hocking College on Saturday. Davis has 17 tackles, four for loss this season. Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Team plays Hutchinson CC on Saturday. Green has 38 tackles, 2 ½ sacks this season. Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, N.C.) – Tight end commit threw his first TD of year on a trick play in 55-14 win over Knightdale. Wake Forest is 6-0 on season. Keveon Mullins (Whitehaven, Tenn.) – Had TD catch in 35-14 win over Memphis Central. Keshawn Toney (Williston-Elko) – Missed game with injury Class of 2020 Luke Doty (Myrtle Beach) – Plays Darlington on Saturday. Will be Myrtle Beach’s first game since Hurricane Florence.
  18. Gamecock commit Ryan Hilinski rallies team for win, Zacch Pickens adds to TD total September 29, 2018 Two of South Carolina’s top prospects for Class of 2019 had big nights in helping their teams to a pair of victories Friday night. Orange Lutheran (Calif.) quarterback Ryan Hilinski led his team to a last-second 39-37 win over Santa Margarita Catholic while TL Hanna’s Zacch Pickens added to his touchdown total in the 28-3 win over Greenwood. Trailing 37-36 with 1:54 left, Orange Lutheran got the ball at the 30-yard line and Hilinski directed the Lancers offense down field to the MC 10.Then, Logan Loya hit the game-winning field goal as time expired. Orange Lutheran lost last week on a late missed field goal. Hilinski finished with 358 yards, four touchdown passes and also ran for a score in the win. He has 20 touchdown passes this year and thrown for at least two touchdown passes in each of his team’s six games. The 358 yards are third most in his career. Pickens, the 18th-ranked prospect nationally and No. 1defensive end, ran for two touchdowns in the Jackets’ victory. He has scored at least one touchdown in each of his games this season and has eight for the season. How some of the other Gamecock commits fared Friday: Class of 2019 Jahmar Brown (St. Thomas Aqiuinas, Fla.) – Off this week Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) – Team plays ASA College on Saturday. Has 16 tackles, four for loss this season Rodricus Fitten (Washington HS, Ga.) – Team plays Saturday against McNair. Has 19 tackles so far this season. Jahkeem Green (Highland CC JC) – Team plays Iowa Central CC on Saturday. Has 27 tackles so far this season Kevin Harris (Bradwell Institute HS,Ga.) – Ran the ball 41 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns in loss to Wayne County. Jamario Holley (Northwestern) – Off this week. Northwestern play sClover next week. Holley has 13 catches for 120 yards and three TDs and alsor ushed for two scores despite missing two games because of injury. Traevon Kenion (Wake Forest HS, N.C.) – Wake Forest’s game against Southern Nash was suspended Thursday in first quarter because of rain with Wake up 14-10. Earlier this week, Kenion was selected to the Blue-Grey All-Star game in Tampa, Fla. For the season, he has 15 catches for 340 yards and seven touchdowns. Keveon Mullins (Whitehaven, Tenn.) – Has 18 catches for 272 yards this season Keshawn Toney (Williston-Elko) – Had eight catches for 39 yards and TD in loss to Wagener-Salley. Left game with ankle injury and was on crutches after the game. Class of 2020 Luke Doty (Myrtle Beach) – Game postponed because school is not back in session yet because of Hurricane Florence. Mecose Todd (Villa Rice HS, Ga.)– Off this week.
  19. Gamecocks appear to be cooling on a pair of offered RBs plus DE Tonka Hemingway Update Sept. 27, 2018 RB Zykamren Robinson of Spartanburg took an unofficial visit to Tennessee last weekend and said he enjoyed the day. He said he plans to take an official visit back to Knoxville for the Alabama game October 20th. He has offers from USC, Tennessee, Missouri, Colorado State, East Carolina, Purdue and others. Robinson said he last talked with USC recruiter Bobby Bentley a couple of weeks ago. He said Tennessee and Colorado State are showing the strongest interest at this point and he’s looking at an official visit to Fort Collins. RB Tahj Gary of Atlanta said he has mind pretty much made up and he plans to announce his decision early next month. He has been to Auburn twice in the last three weeks and he plans to visit Virginia Tech for the Notre Dame game October 5th. He has an offer from USC but he said he’s not getting much from the Gamecocks at this point. He said Virginia Tech, UCF, Mississippi State, Auburn and North Carolina are showing him the most at this point. He has an official to Virginia Tech November 3rd and he’ll also take one to Mississippi State. 2020 DE Tonka Hemingway of Conway visited USC unofficially for the Georgia game and he hears regularly from he Gamecocks. USC and Clemson are among his 14 offers. Some others are Maryland, Georgia, East Carolina, Alabama, Duke, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina and Louisville. Hemingway attended Clemson’s spring game and plans to return for a game this season but is not sure when. He said coaches like his athleticism and his ability to play inside and outside. Hemingway’s brother Junior played receiver and Michigan and in the NFL.
  20. Gamecocks offer corner with great bloodlines SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Shilo Sanders USC Tuesday reached into the Lone Star state with an offer to cornerback Shilo Sanders (6-1 184) of Cedar Hill. Sanders is the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders and the offer has put the Gamecocks in play for him. “I’m absolutely grateful for the opportunity and I think it would be a great place for me,” Sanders said Tuesday night. “I’ve gotten to speak with Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and Coach (Will) Muschamp. Most definitely I will be visiting.” Sanders said he does not yet have a date for his visit with the Gamecocks but said it would be soon. Some of Sanders’ other offers include Georgia, Oregon, Oregon State, SMU, Louisiana Tech, Texas A&M, Arkansas, UCF, Nebraska and Syracuse. At this point, there are no favorites. “I’m open to all opportunities at the moment,” he said. USC will lose three cornerbacks after this season and has two committed for the 2019 class.
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    USC offers elite WR

    USC offers elite WR Sept. 25, 2018 USC offered 2020 WR Rakim Jarrett (6-0 182) of Washington, DC. He’s a national level recruit with multiple Power Five offers.
  22. South Carolina getting more than just talent with four-star lineman Sept. 24, 2018 MURFREESBORO, TENN. - It burned Oakland High School defensive lineman Joseph Anderson that he couldn’t play. The four-star South Carolina commit started his senior season at a new school with a bang, but a dislocated elbow first limited him and then put him out of commission. And that stung. “It’s not fun, because you’ve got to look at everybody else have fun and make plays,” Anderson said. “It’s not fun, but you can cheer on your teammates and build them up.” On Friday night, he still had on his elbow brace, and at points it still hurt. But he toughed it out in a 24-14 win against Blackman. After all, a region title was on the line. “Joe Anderson is a great human being,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. “This guy makes a play the second play of the season on a Division I kid running a speed sweep outside, and he makes it from a shade technique, a 1-technique on the center.” That’s a 6-foot-4, 268-pound defensive end racing from just over the center to stuff a speed guy on the edge. Then came the dislocated elbow. Then came a game against the No. 1 team in the state. “He’s supposed to be out,” Creasy said. “And he comes back and plays for 20 plays just because he’s got a big heart.” He played the first halves of the first two games, then missed the next two. Coming back against an undefeated Blackman team, he played almost every snap. He also got a pair of visitors from the Gamecocks staff. Running backs coach Bobby Bentley was in during the day. Defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson started his day in Atlanta, but made it to the game Friday night. “It means a lot,” Anderson said. “That means he cares. He wants to see me grow. It was great seeing him here.” Creasy said the coaches had a message for Anderson. “They just wanted him to know that they were both here and it was to let Joseph know they came all this way just to let him know that they’re here, still following his high school career,” he said. “They want him to finish strong in high school, and he’s got plenty of time to worry about college. “They know that a lot of these big-time prospects would lay down and sit out, wouldn’t have dressed. Just for the injury part. Some would do it because they’re scared of the competition, but that’s what burns this guy from the inside out.” Anderson has been trying to work on growing as a leader as he goes through his senior season. He’s working inside with his high school team, but could be a hybrid end/tackle type in college. And he’s got big plans when he teams up with 2019 five-star classmate Zacch Pickens. “He’s physical,” Anderson said. “He’s a smart player. He’s aggressive at the point-of-attack. He’s just a player. He can ball.” “I think we’ll do well, tear up some backfields.” Visit plans Anderson aims to visit USC at least twice this season, for the Texas A&M and Tennessee games. He missed Georgia because of the SAT. He said he’d like to make it to Columbia at least once more before the Clemson game. Seeing a bright future Anderson called the current Gamecocks a young, growing team. He expects to reach the level of an SEC championship squad in coming years. He’s also been talking with classmates such as Ryan Hilinski, Cam Smith, Derek Boykins, Keveon Mullins, Keshawn Toney, plus Pickens. He also has taken a shot at recruiting the likes of four-star wide receiver Trey Knox, De’Arre McDonald, a 6-foot-2, three-star corner on his team. Other interest Anderson said most other schools stopped bothering him after he made his pledge to USC. The one exception is in-state Tennessee, which at least remains in touch. But he had a promise for South Carolina fans. “I’m 100 percent Gamecock,” Anderson said.
  23. Gamecocks offer elite WR Sept. 24, 2018 USC offered 2020 WR Rakim Jarrett (6-0 182) of Washington, DC. He’s a national level recruit with multiple Power Five offers.
  24. Will Muschamp assesses South Carolina's recruiting needs, 2019 class Sept. 22, 2018 South Carolina coach Will Muschamp took some time to discuss his 2019 recruiting class during Thursday night’s “Carolina Calls.” “We feel really good about, No. 1, in our state — five young men we’ve offered all committed to us. We’re excited about that,” Muschamp said on his weekly radio show. Muschamp isn’t only focused on having the top-ranked recruiting class in the state, though. He also noted the Gamecocks’ need to explore more of Georgia, Florida and North Carolina, but he seemed pleased overall with South Carolina’s efforts so far. “I feel really good about where we are,” he said. “Recruiting is a marathon. You’ve got to continue to run the race, as you get into to December, obviously with the early signing day, then you focus on the guys that are maybe still out there in February.” The Gamecocks are certainly running well, as South Carolina’s most prized recruit thus far is five-star defensive end Zachh Pickens from nearby Anderson, S.C. The report also mentioned seven four-star prospects that are committed for 2019, including wide receivers Jamario Holley and Traeyvon Kenion, among others. The Gamecocks’ in-state class features Holley and Kenion, as well as Keshawn Toney, a three-star tight end out of Willison, S.C. According to the report, South Carolina currently holds the seventh spot for 2019 recruiting classes in the SEC. South Carolina isn’t currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, but as a dark-horse contender for the SEC East, they should be well on the way with a new batch of Gamecocks.
  25. USC target CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, GA will visit Tennessee this weekend Sept. 22, 2018 USC target CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, GA will visit Tennessee this weekend. He has taken an official visit to USC and was also in for unofficial visits in June and for the Georgia game. He has also been to Georgia unofficially.

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