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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. Gamecocks commit has offers from Alabama, Georgia. Why he chose USC instead June 19, 2018 VILLA RICA, Ga. - Villa Rica running back Mecose Todd just finished up his sophomore year of high school and he already has the attention of most of the top football programs in the country. The class of 2020 recruit has offers from most of the schools in the SEC, including Alabama and Georgia, the two teams that played in last year’s national title game. But it is another SEC school - South Carolina - that landed a commitment from Todd in February. The Georgia native quickly formed a relationship with Gamecocks running backs coach Bobby Bentley after being offered last May and committed to USC while on a visit in February of this year, nearly two years before his signing day. “South Carolina is different. It’s not like any other college. I just feel more at home there,” Todd said. “When I went on visits to other colleges I felt that way, but it wasn’t as strong. I wasn’t as close to the coaching staff as I was the South Carolina coaching staff.” Todd is currently rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, but he has plenty of time to move up. In addition to South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, he also has offers from Florida, Tennessee and Southern Cal. His high school coach, Rico Zackery, said that if you have any doubt about Todd's talent, just look at the schools that are pursuing him. “We’re talking about two teams that played in the national championship last year,” Zackery said of Todd’s offers. “He’s gotten everybody in the SEC and just about everybody in the ACC and there’s more people coming. That definitely speaks to what kind of back he is. I think he’s probably going to be one of the highest rated prospects in his class by the time he’s a senior.” Todd has the power to run through you and the speed and quickness to run around you, according to Zackery. “I think Mecose is a very complete back. He brings power, speed. He has the agility that a bigger back wouldn’t usually have,” Zackery said. “He has vision. He’s really the complete package. That’s probably why he’s gotten so much attention at a young age.” Todd still hears regularly from other programs, but he has no regrets about committing early and choosing the Gamecocks. “The way the coaching staff made me feel when I went there, I never really second guessed,” he said. “I knew what I wanted to do when I went. As the day went past I finally made my decision and I was 100 percent sure.” Zackery added that South Carolina’s coaching staff, most notably Bentley, deserves a ton of credit for the way it has recruited Todd. “Mecose is a relationships kid. I think that they’ve done a great job with that with staying in the limits of what they’re allowed to do,” he said. “I think they’ve done a good job of building a relationship with him and making sure that he knows that he’s important to them.” Zackery expects other schools to continue to pursue Todd up until National Signing Day in 2020, but he also knows that overcoming South Carolina's lead will be tough. “He’s committed to South Carolina and I’ve told him that a commitment is a commitment. We don’t play around with other stuff,” Zackery said. “But at the end of the day it’s not my decision. It’s his decision. We’ve just got to make sure that we do a good job of managing him and that he does what’s right for him and his family.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storylink=c “South Carolina is different. It’s not like any other college. I just feel more at home there,” Todd said. “When I went on visits to other colleges I felt that way, but it wasn’t as strong. I wasn’t as close to the coaching staff as I was the South Carolina coaching staff.” Todd is currently rated as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, but he has plenty of time to move up. In addition to South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, he also has offers from Florida, Tennessee and Southern Cal. His high school coach, Rico Zackery, said that if you have any doubt about Todd's talent, just look at the schools that are pursuing him. “We’re talking about two teams that played in the national championship last year,” Zackery said of Todd’s offers. “He’s gotten everybody in the SEC and just about everybody in the ACC and there’s more people coming. That definitely speaks to what kind of back he is. I think he’s probably going to be one of the highest rated prospects in his class by the time he’s a senior.” Todd has the power to run through you and the speed and quickness to run around you, according to Zackery. “I think Mecose is a very complete back. He brings power, speed. He has the agility that a bigger back wouldn’t usually have,” Zackery said. “He has vision. He’s really the complete package. That’s probably why he’s gotten so much attention at a young age.” Todd still hears regularly from other programs, but he has no regrets about committing early and choosing the Gamecocks. “The way the coaching staff made me feel when I went there, I never really second guessed,” he said. “I knew what I wanted to do when I went. As the day went past I finally made my decision and I was 100 percent sure.” Zackery added that South Carolina’s coaching staff, most notably Bentley, deserves a ton of credit for the way it has recruited Todd. “Mecose is a relationships kid. I think that they’ve done a great job with that with staying in the limits of what they’re allowed to do,” he said. “I think they’ve done a good job of building a relationship with him and making sure that he knows that he’s important to them.” Zackery expects other schools to continue to pursue Todd up until National Signing Day in 2020, but he also knows that overcoming South Carolina's lead will be tough. “He’s committed to South Carolina and I’ve told him that a commitment is a commitment. We don’t play around with other stuff,” Zackery said. “But at the end of the day it’s not my decision. It’s his decision. We’ve just got to make sure that we do a good job of managing him and that he does what’s right for him and his family.” Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storylink=cpy py THE STATE Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storyliVILLA RICA, Ga. Villa Rica running back Mecose Todd just finished up his sophomore year of high school and he already has the attention of most of the top football programs in the country. The class of 2020 recruit has offers from most of the schools in the SEC, including Alabama and Georgia, the two teams that played in last year’s national title game. But it is another SEC school - South Carolina - that landed a commitment from Todd in February. The Georgia native quickly formed a relationship with Gamecocks running backs coach Bobby Bentley after being offered last May and committed to USC while on a visit in February of this year, nearly two years before his signing dVILLA RICA, Ga. Villa Rica running back Mecose Todd just finished up his sophomore year of high school and he already has the attention of most of the top football programs in the country. The class of 2020 recruit has offers from most of the schools in the SEC, including Alabama and Georgia, the two teams that played in last year’s national title game. But it is another SEC school - South Carolina - that landed a commitment from Todd in February. The Georgia native quickly formed a relationship with Gamecocks running backs coach Bobby Bentley after being offered last May and committed to USC while on a visit in February of this year, nearly two years before his signing day. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storylink=cpy ay. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213033964.html#storylink=cpy nk=cpy
  8. Gamecocks make OL Jakai Moore’s shortened list JUNE 19, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Jakai Moore OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA Monday trimmed his long list of offers to a final seven of USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Miami and North Carolina. He visited both Palmetto State schools last week, and he worked out for the Gamecocks in their linemen camp. . USC has had a longer relationship with Moore and he took an official visit with the Gamecocks in April. He returned last week for another look and to work out in camp so line coach John Wolford could get another look at him. “The camp was intense. I like having intense workouts because they are pushing you to be even better,” Moore said. “This is where I can actually come in an start and I have a chance to like make it to the NFL and he (Wolford) can produce me to make it to the NFL.” Moore said he will continue visit schools and will go to Penn State Tuesday. He also plans to get to all the other schools on his short list. He said there is no favorite and he’s not sure when he’ll make his decision. He will not graduate early but he will sign in December.
  9. South Florida commitments return for camp June 18, 2018 In the area Three-star linebacker Jahmar Brown, a 2019 commit from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), visited the Gamecocks while seeing an aunt, who lives in Greenville, S.C. “It was a great visit and just getting back home felt really good,” Brown said. Linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler put Brown (6-1, 200) through the paces during a workout. “He’s cool and he’s about his business, not too complex and not too sweet. He’s a well-balanced coach,” Brown said. What was the message from Muschamp? “Just saying that he’s happy to have me on board and that he wants to keep on building, because we have something special on the way,” Brown said. An official visit to South Carolina could be made as early as the weekend of the Georgia game in September. If not then, Brown will take it in December. Limited participant Four-star tackle Issiah Walker, a 2020 commit from Norland High School (Miami), visited the Gamecocks a few days after he visited and was offered by UCF. “It went very well. I loved it actually,” Walker said of his trip to South Carolina. Like Brown, Walker arrived in Columbia on Friday. Before Walker returned home on Saturday, he worked out with offensive line coach Eric Wolford. “It was really good. I pulled my hamstring, so I couldn’t really do everything with Coach Wolf,” Walker said. “He just showed me what we do at South Carolina, stuff like that.” Walker added, “He’s a good coach. He knows what he’s doing.” Earlier this week, Walker (6-4, 260) attended camp at Florida and was re-offered by the Gators’ new coaching staff.
  10. Gamecock Football Recruiting updates June 18, 2018 USC target DB Jaydon Hill was offered by Florida. He took a visit to USC over the weekend and has had USC and Tennessee as his top two. USC offered PK Charlie Ham of Atlanta. Some of his other offers are Georgia Tech, Arizona, Toledo and UCF. He was the #5 ranked kicker by Kohl’s Professional Camps.
  11. WR Keveon Mullins favoring Gamecocks over hometown Tigers JUNE 18, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Keveon Mullins w/USC receivers coach Bryan McClendon WR Keveon Mullins 6'2" 200lbs of Memphis, a former commitment of the Tigers, now calls USC his favorite with the Tigers second on his list. He also has Georgia and Louisville in his top four, and he visited Louisville Friday, but he said Sunday night it’s the Gamecocks and Tigers he’s pondering over for a decision by the end of July, and the Gamecocks have a wide advantage. Mullins camped at USC last week. “I like South Carolina, they are great,” Mullins said. “I love the coaches and how they said they would use me. The lead is very big. They’re number one. 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 plays 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 got a lot of attention from receivers coach/offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and head coach Will Muschamp during his camp visit. He feels he did a nice job of showing them his various skills and they liked what they saw from him, especially his size. “Me having a nice body, a big size, me being a big receiver,” he said. “They also like the way I return kicks, being a kick returner. I did one-on-one work with the receivers coach. Muschamp was out there watching. I like the way he does things. I like the way he coaches. I liked the way he worked me out and put me thru drills. I learned a couple of things from them and the things I learned, I like what I learned.” Despite putting the Gamecocks well out in front, Mullins said he’s not all the way there on his final decision. “I’m thinking things over,” Mullins said. “If I had made up my mind, I would have gone ahead and committed. I’m just thinking things over. It’s really between Memphis and South Carolina, I’m just thinking things over. (The hometown pull) is big but it wasn’t as big as when I was committed to Memphis. Even though I decommitted they are still recruiting me hard.” As is USC. “Man, since I left I’ve been hearing from them every day. Every day,” Mullnis said. “Coach Muschamp hit me up every day. And I’ve got a good relationship with Ryan (Hilinski), the junior quarterback commit. We talk every day, too. That’s my guy.” Last season Mullins caught 52 passes for 2011 yards and 8 touchdowns.
  12. 'The coaches aren't scared to play me': Tampa DB recaps USC official June 17, 2018 Defensive back Johnny Dixon of Tampa, Fla., was one of the three defensive back targets to visit South Carolina over the weekend. Dixon's visit was official in nature and was the next step in his long-running relationship with the Gamecocks, who were the first to offer him. As a result, they got his first official visit. "It was good. I liked everything about it," Dixon said. "Everything the coaches were saying was genuine because I hung out with the players and they said the same thing about the coaches." Dixon (6-0, 170) also got a message from the coaches he was excited to hear. "The coaches aren't scared to play me," he said. USC freshman defensive back Jaycee Horn served as his player host. Dixon has visited USC unofficially for camps and games several times, so he's seen all the shiny parts around the program and campus. This time, something else really stood out to him. "The nutrition," he said. "They make sure you have what's healthy and they make sure you like it." USC is in Dixon's final five along with Penn State, Miami, Alabama and Ohio State. He's not in a rush on a decision because he's not signing early. He has an official set with Penn State for late September and might squeeze one in this summer to Miami. "Everything is the same," Dixon said. "They're still in the same place. I've always liked South Carolina."
  13. Looking back at the final day of camp June 17, 2018 The 10th and final day of Muschamp Camp on Saturday was highlighted by a couple of commitments and 2019 defensive back targets. One of those commitments was 3-star linebacker Derek Boykins (Concord, N.C.). The other, 4-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski (Orange, Calif.), took part in a throwing session with future position coach Dan Werner and 2020 quarterback Jackson Muschamp, the oldest of the South Carolina coach’s two sons. Spin it If you had a chance to see the video of Hilinski throwing on Saturday, consider yourself lucky. SEC Country deleted it from Twitter after being reminded that it was against the school’s policy to take video of camp activity. Hilinski looked great slinging at the target net. He and Muschamp each had about five throws – that SEC Country saw – before the end of their workout. When they finished, Hilinski hollered at offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, who was walking from the indoor facility to the outdoor field where Hilinski and Muschamp were stationed. McClendon helped shag the balls thrown by the two quarterbacks. From about 40-45 yards, Hilinski missed the goal posts – wide right. From about 35-40 yards, Muschamp nailed the cross bar. The quarterbacks milled around with the coaches for a few minutes before heading back inside. Hilinski didn’t stick around camp for much longer, since his flight back home was later that afternoon. But as he left, an encouraging tweet was posted. Derek Boykins was back at South Carolina on Saturday. On the hoof Derek Boykins passes the eye test with flying colors. That was the first impression when the 6-foot-1, 224-pound 3-star linebacker visited with SEC Country earlier this spring at Central Cabarrus High School in Concord, N.C. And that was certainly the case on Saturday when Boykins showed up for Day 10 of camp with his coach, Kenneth McClamrock. As Boykins was going through the combine portion of camp, defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and running backs coach Bobby Bentley caught up with the 247Sports composite’s No. 29-ranked outside linebacker in the Class of 2019 When in line for position work with the other 2019 linebackers, Boykins looked like a college player with a bunch of high school kids. Someone at the camp remarked, “He’s going to make [strength and conditioning coordinator Jeff Dillman] look good.” Boykins reminds this observer of former Clemson linebacker Tony Steward, who was a 5-star recruit coming out of Pedro Menendez High School (St. Augustine, Fla.). Jaydon Hill spent plenty of time at South Carolina this weekend. The DB guests Robinson was a busy man Saturday, entertaining several of his top cornerback targets for 2019, including 4-stars Jaydon Hill (Madison, Ala.) and Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.) to 3-stars John Dixon (Tampa, Fla.) and Jammie Robinson (Cordele, Ga.) Of the group, Hill was the only one to participate in the camp. Steele and Dixon were in on official visits. Robinson, like Hill, arrived to Columbia on Friday and spent the night. Hill is also considering Mississippi State and Tennessee. Southern California is the expected to choice for Steele, though several other schools have been in the mix, including Florida, Oregon and LSU. Penn State looks like the primary competition for Dixon while Georgia might offer the most resistance for Robinson. SECCOUNTRY
  14. Ends and odds Gamecock recruiting June 17, 2018 PK Ryan Fitzgerald of Moultrie, GA competed at USC’s kicker camp Saturday. He said he had the longest kickoff at 75 yards and was a finalist in the punt competition. 2020 Ta’Chawn Brooks of Dutch Fork camped at USC Friday. He measures at 6-4, 275 pounds and ran a 4.9 at Wofford’s camp. He’s being recruited as an offensive tackle. He camped at Auburn Saturday and Oregon State also is showing interest. USC target DE Curtis Fann visited Auburn Saturday.
  15. The latest on LB/RB Quavaris Crouch June 17, 2018 NC State website InsidePackSports reports LB/RB Quavaris Crouch will visit NC State Wednesday. He reportedly was at Michigan Saturday and was at Tennessee last week. USC and Clemson are two others in pursuit.
  16. DB Cam Smith of Westwood will release a top June 17, 2018 DB Cam Smith of Westwood will release a top eight July 1st…He has a top four of USC, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.
  17. WR Keveon Mullins named a final four June 17, 2018 WR Keveon Mullins named a final four of USC, Georgia, Louisville and his hometown Memphis Tigers. He was at USC for camp earlier in the week and he visited Louisville Friday. He also picked up an Arkansas offer today.
  18. DB Jammie Robinson recaps latest visit to USC JUNE 16, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Jammie Robinson DB Jammie Robinson of Cordele, GA, a frequent visitor to USC, was back for an overnight stay Friday. This was his second visit of the month to Columbia. Two weeks ago he was in for his official visit. And like the others, this trip left Robinson feeling good about the Gamecocks. “It went good. I got with the players and hung out the coaches for a little bit,” Robinson said. “They (Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson) were telling me that they need me and stuff like that. We didn’t really talk about me committing or anything like that, it was just hanging out and stuff. I just went there and hung out, that’s pretty much it.” Robinson said he has a final four now of USC, Georgia, Auburn and Michigan. USC has long been among his favorites and this visit didn’t hurt the Gamecocks’ cause. “It helped South Carolina out a little more,” he said. “Just them welcoming me on campus anytime I want to come up is pretty nice.” Robinson was at Georgia last Wednesday for a seven on seven and also got the recruiting treatment from the Bulldogs. He is planning a return visit to Georgia this coming weekend and also plans to get to Auburn over the weekend. And he wants to visit Michigan at some point as well. “I’m just taking my time with it,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have a decision by the season, if not I’ll wait until Signing Day (in December).” He said there is no leader among the four at this point. Robinson said he hung out a good bit with Jamyest Williams and he also talked some with fellow recruit Jaydon Hill.
  19. DE Savion Jackson announces his chose today July 13, 2018 DE Savion Jackson of Clayton, NC is set to make his commitment announcement Wednesday at 6:00 PM. Jackson took an official visit to USC the weekend of June 1st, a visit he said set the Gamecocks apart from the rest. But he camped at NC State last week and the Wolfpack coaches put a full court press on Jackson. It’s expected his decision will come from USC and NC State.
  20. Look: QB commit Ryan Hilinski throws at Gamecocks camp Jun 16, 2018 South Carolina quarterback commitment Ryan Hilinski throws during one of the Will Muschamp 2018 football camps.
  21. Westwood DB Cam Smith has a top four June 16, 2018 Westwood DB Cam Smith said he has top four of USC, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. He was offered today by Georgia. He has August 17th set for his announcement. Westwood DB Cam Smith competed at Georgia’s camp this week and he walked out of Athens with an offer from Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs join USC, Tennessee and North Carolina in his top four. Smith has also camped at USC and he has visited Tennessee. He will be going to North Carolina this weekend for the Freak Show camp and East Carolina the following weekend. The Gamecocks continue to show strong interest, Smith said, with regular contact from the coaches. “Coach Muschamp texts me and my mom almost every day talking about the academics and the progress on the new football operations (building) and all the stuff like that,” Smith said. “He keeps us updated on everything basically. I stay in touch with Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) a lot too.” Smith has set August 17th for his announcement and he doesn’t have a favorite among his four. He said his plan is to sign and graduate early. Last season Smith had 61 tackles and 3 interceptions. He is also used in the return game and plays slot receiver on offense.
  22. A few recruiting observations from Ryan Hilisnki visiting South Carolina June 15, 2018 Walking around South Carolina’s 7-on-7 Tournament on Friday, it wasn’t hard to spot Ryan Hilinski. Tall kid, garnet cap, stuck like glue to top-50 national prospect Chris Steele and usually surrounded by Gamecocks coaches. Hilinski appeared to be making good on his promise to try to get the defensive back from a California powerhouse to join South Carolina’s class. Just before lunch, they were out with the staff, working out a set of interesting prospects: ▪ Jashawn Sheffield, a four-star wide receiver from Frederica Academy in Georgia. He's the No. 150 player in the 247 Composite rankings and it appears the Gamecocks are trending with him. ▪ Tennessee defensive end Reggie Grimes, who looks like a full-grown man. He's a built 6-foot-5 and has offers from USC, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. South Carolina was his first offer last June. ▪ Grimes' teammate Malik Bowen, a 6-foot-2 wide receiver with an offer from Ole Miss. Also after some lunch with Steele, Hilinski sprinted out to the field to pow-wow with Muschamp. He then went back out to chat with Dan Werner and Jake Bentley. Other notable faces around Friday ▪ Buck commit Rodricus Fitten was at the lineman camp in the morning and around the 7-on-7, but he wasn't participating. ▪ Offensive line commit Mark Fox was at the morning lineman camp. He’s from Miami.▪ Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, a four-star offensive tackle and relative of Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213256179.html#storylink=cpy Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213256179.html#storyl Also after some lunch with Steele, Hilinski sprinted out to the field to pow-wow with Muschamp. He then went back out to chat with Dan Werner and Jake Bentley. Other notable faces around Friday ▪ Buck commit Rodricus Fitten was at the lineman camp in the morning and around the 7-on-7, but he wasn't participating. ▪ Offensive line commit Mark Fox was at the morning lineman camp. He’s from Miami.▪ Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, a four-star offensive tackle and relative of Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClen Also after some lunch with Steele, Hilinski sprinted out to the field to pow-wow with Muschamp. He then went back out to chat with Dan Werner and Jake Bentley. Other notable faces around Friday ▪ Buck commit Rodricus Fitten was at the lineman camp in the morning and around the 7-on-7, but he wasn't participating. ▪ Offensive line commit Mark Fox was at the morning lineman camp. He’s from Miami.▪ Offensive lineman Warren McClendon, a four-star offensive tackle and relative of Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213256179.html#storylink=cpy don. Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/sports/college/university-of-south-carolina/usc-recruiting/article213256179.html#storylink=cpy ink=cpy
  23. Gamecock target RB/LB Quavaris Crouch June 06, 2018 Gamecock target RB/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte plans to visit Michigan Friday per Rivals. He was at Tennessee Wednesday according to reports.
  24. DB Johnny Dixon to check out USC again this weekend JUNE 15, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Johnny Dixon USC is having another June visitation weekend this weekend and three of the Gamecocks top secondary targets…Chris Steele, Jaydon Hill and Johnny Dixon…will be in. Steele and Hill officially and Dixon unofficially. Dixon, a Tampa native, got his first major offer from the Gamecocks and has them in his top five with Alabama, Miami, Penn State and Ohio State. “I told South Carolina they would be the first one (official visit) because that was my first offer and they stuck with me,” Dixon said. “I really like South Carolina but I don’t plan on committing then. I’m going to wait to a little bit before the season or during the season.” Dixon already is familiar with the program and football facilities from prior visits, including one earlier this month. He wants to use this one, on which he’ll be joined by his mom, to dig a little deeper into Gamecock Nation. “I’ve been there four or five times now,” he said. “At this point, I’ve developed a relationship with all the coaches. I just want to see how the city is. I guess I can see everything more in depth so I can see how it would be to live there.” Dixon said he hears a lot from defensive coordinator and secondary coach Travaris Robinson and he really wants him in the program. “Coach T-Rob really likes me, he likes me as a corner,” Dixon said. “He said I should have a good chance to get a lot of playing time as a freshman.” Dixon also visited Penn State unofficially last week and he said he will officially visit Penn State September 29th for the Ohio State game. He will also schedule an official visit with Miami.

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