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  1. Low NFL Draft picks ‘will change,’ Muschamp says April 24, 2019,/ THE STATE The 2011 South Carolina football team that started the Gamecocks’ streak of three consecutive 11-win seasons had 15 NFL Draft picks on the roster. Will Muschamp’s first three teams as South Carolina’s head coach have had four. “Moving forward, those numbers will change,” Muschamp said. They will have to if the Gamecocks are going to get back to double digit win totals. South Carolina had 33 players drafted from 2009-2016, the most of any eight-year stretch in school history, but they’ve only had one drafted in the last two cycles, tight end Hayden Hurst, a first-round selection last year. That number will grow this week when the NFL Draft is held in Nashville, Tennessee, starting on Thursday, but it might not grow by much. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is expected to be an early round pick, but there are no guarantees after that. Cornerback Rashad Fenton, offensive linemen Zack Bailey and Dennis Daley and linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams all have a chance to be picked between the fourth and seventh rounds, NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. That group will mark the last of the Steve Spurrier signees to cycle through South Carolina. Muschamp’s first recruiting class, the 2016 group, will have its chance to start entering professional football beginning next year. “We will see how [Thursday] night goes, but I think next year’s class will be indicative of what we have done from a recruiting standpoint and development standpoint and how we continue to close that gap,” Muschamp said. “I think we are getting much closer to that situation.” Muschamp inherited a roster that former Spurrier acknowledged had fallen below SEC standards. The 2017 draft was the first to pass without a Gamecock being selected since 2001, and having one draft pick in a two-year span is a first for the program since 1949-’50. During a career that has seen stops at Auburn, LSU, Texas and Florida, Muschamp has coached 85 players who have gone to be drafted. That figure is “critical to recruits,” he said. “I do think that part of it is important and our staff has a very impressive track record as far as guys being developed and getting drafted,” he said. “That is something we are very proud of and we are looking forward to establishing that here at the University of South Carolina.” NFL DRAFT TV SCHEDULE Thursday, 8 p.m., Round 1: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes Friday, 7 p.m., Rounds 2-3: ABC, ESPN/ESPN2, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes Saturday, noon, Rounds 4-7: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network and ESPN Deportes
  2. 2019 All-SEC Spring Game Team By Southern Pigskin Staff SouthernPigskin.com An all-conference style team comprised of the SEC's best players during each school's respective spring games. OFFENSE QB Feleipe Franks, Florida RB Kavosiey Smoke, Kentucky RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, LSU WR Trevon Grimes, Florida WR Freddie Swain, Florida WR Jay Urich, South Carolina TE Baylor Cupp, Texas A&M OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia OG Darryl Williams, Mississippi State C Donell Stanley, South Carolina OG Ryan McCollum, Texas A&M OT Noah Gatlin, Arkansas DEFENSE DE Qaadir Sheppard, Ole Miss DL Phidarian Mathis, Alabama DT Daevion Davis, Vanderbilt EDGE Andre Anthony, LSU LB Michael Divinity, LSU LB Shane Lee, Alabama LB Eric Gregory, Arkansas CB Clifford Chattman, Texas A&M CB Eric Stokes, Georgia CB Moses Reynolds, Texas A&M S Jaylen McCollough, Tennessee S John Huggins, Florida SPECIAL TEAMS K Chance Poore, Kentucky P Braden Mann, Texas A&M AP Charles Olatunji, Auburn
  3. Gamecocks an early offer for 2021 Florida RB Ricky Parks April 24, 2019, |By SportsTalk Radio Network USC last week was one of the first major programs to offer class of 2021 RB Ricky Parks 5'11" 200lbs of Tampa. Iowa, Penn State, Virginia and Purdue are some others who have come on board. It’s early in the process for Parks and he’s just starting to build his relationship with the Gamecocks. “I’ve seen South Carolina play on TV and I think they are a physical and well coached team,” Parks said. “I saw how they got better thru the season as they played very good teams. I’m also very interested to see what it’s like in person, like the things they do in the weight room and practice, just to explore the school and meet the coaches.” Parks said he plans to visit schools this summer and USC will get one of his stops. From his conversations with running backs coach Thomas Brown, Parks has a good idea of what he thinks of him. “They say I have great size and great speed for a guy my size and they think I can be a special back,” Parks said. Last season Parks rushed for 1136 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  4. Gamecocks will have to beat UNC. Would be great to have them here to highlight all the new football facilities. The other 2 games that pose a threat to taking gameday that week is: - Pitt @ Penn St. - Stanford @ UCF "I feel this game is our biggest threat and could still snatch it"
  5. FeatheredCock

    Bama, UGA, or the taters?

    Keep praying brother I am as well!! You got my hi-five, worth10 come on folks give him HI 5s
  6. 4 star RB Tank Bigsby is visiting this weekend. Gamecocks have a great shot with this kid. Gamecocks could use his talents and 5 star RB Lloyd would really put the icing on the cake at RB recruiting. but Gamecocks still have there work cut out to land RB Lloyd
  7. Former Gamecock coach Darrin Horn lands new head coaching job April 24, 2019 Former South Carolina head coach Darrin Horn is back in the coaching business again. After leading the Gamecocks to a 60-63 overall record from 2008 to 2012, Horn has been an assistant at Texas since 2015. Now, though, he is rejoining the head coaching ranks. Per CBS Sports reporter Gary Parrish, Horn will become the new head coach at Northern Kentucky:
  8. Will Muschamp comments on two key aspects of his South Carolina program that have improved April 24, 2019, | SDS At this time last year, South Carolina had a ton of hype surrounding the program. A new, exciting offense was being installed in Columbia and the Gamecocks were set to return a ton of weapons on offense that left many Gamecock fans envisioning scoreboards lighting up all season. We all know that never materialized and the Gamecocks finished the season with a dud of a bowl game, losing 28-0 to Virginia. The Belk Bowl loss dropped the team to 7-6 on the season. Following those results, the hype surrounding the program is minimal exiting the spring but that may not necessarily be a bad thing as South Carolina fans found out just how much value there is in offseason hype. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, two aspects of the South Carolina program have improved since last season according to Muschamp, but neither one is going to generate much offseason hype — line of scrimmage depth and leadership on the roster. “At this time, there are some things to be excited about. The competitive depth we have on our team. We have a deeper roster than we have had before, especially on both lines of scrimmage, which excites you because I know this league very well and you have to be strong there,” Muschamp recently said in a YouTube video posted by GamecockCentral.com. “I think we have good leadership, we have three players on our team that previously in their careers have been voted team captains.” Having greater depth and improved leadership isn’t going to make for any exciting offseason hype reels but it’s the type of improvement Muschamp’s program desperately needed to make in order to push forward. If these areas are truly improved in Columbia, the Gamecocks are much more likely to exceed expectations next fall after failing to meet them in 2018. One other aspect of the team Muschamp was asked to discuss was the backup role behind Jake Bentley. The Gamecocks have two talented prospects competing for the job, which is just another example of the competitive depth Muschamp discussed in his program this offseason, as redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner and true freshman Ryan Hilinski both looked the part this spring in camp. However, according to Muschamp, neither player has done enough at this point to be anointed the program’s backup signal caller. “There’s not enough separation from that position as far as naming a second guy at this time but I think both of them bring really good things to the table,” Muschamp noted. “I think both guys progressed really well. Dakereon from Year 1 to Year 2 and Ryan being a high school senior coming mid-year, did some really nice things.”
  9. Gamecocks highest rated 2019 offensive lineman April 24, 2019 When South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford started talking about Jakai Moore’s skills as a football player, he first started talking about his work on the basketball court. “He’s obviously a tremendous athlete,” Wolford said. “He’s a guy that can run the court, 300 pounds, 6-foot-6, can legitimately play left tackle.” Moore was part of a 22-3 team, operating as a solid shot blocker. That was after helping pave the way for a region championship team in football. As a sophomore, he averaged 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The Virginia product will join the Gamecocks soon, and he already has one trait the coaching staff likes in all its linemen. He can play more than just left tackle. “I know he can play right tackle,” Wolford said. “I know he can play guard, so he’s a four-position player right there already. He likes football. I think he’s still raw, but the thing about him is when we get him down here in June, we’ll have two months with him, get him ready to go.” The Gamecocks have placed a premium on linemen getting in at multiple spots, with no fewer than six of the linemen who played last year having switched between guard and tackle or guard and center. At the moment, at least three projected 2019 starters have played multiple spots at some points in the past season/spring. Moore was a three-star recruit, the No. 505 player in the country and No. 13 player in Virginia by the 247 Sports rankings. He picked the Gamecocks over Penn State. South Carolina hasn’t been shy about getting young linemen involved early if they’re good enough. Dennis Daley broke into the lineup a few games into his first season coming out of junior college. Dylan Wonnum took a starting spot halfway through his freshman season. This year, freshman Jaylen Nichols found himself working as a second-string tackle only a few practices into his first spring on campus. Wolford wondered aloud if Moore could follow a similar path. He’s big, quick and will get a few months with the strength staff before August camp starts. Perhaps with work and some things going right, Moore could end up in the two deep or better. “He’s another guy, Jaylen Nichols-type guy as far as a guy who can come in and who knows how fast he learns the plays and how bad he wants it?” Wolford said. “He might go and just sneak up in there.”
  10. Stephen Davis Jr. returning to football? April 24, 2019 Davis Jr. was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and signed with Auburn in the summer of 2016. He left Auburn in February of 2017 and enrolled at South Carolina that summer, joining the Gamecocks as a walk-on running back. Davis Jr. then left South Carolina’s program that August, before rejoining the Gamecocks for spring practice in 2018. He played defense for the Gamecocks that spring before leaving USC for good in the summer of 2018. Davis Sr. said that his son is no longer enrolled at South Carolina but is training to make a return to football. He mentioned North Carolina A&T and South Carolina State as possible landing spots for Davis Jr. “Right now we’re working on him transferring to a couple of schools. He’s working out and doing great,” Davis said. “Great kid. I’ve never had no problems out of him. Stand-up kid. He’s just got to find his way.”
  11. I hate they are going to do this!! Anyone know why?
  12. FeatheredCock

    Bama, UGA, or the taters?

    Good point but you know I should put Texas A&M in there too. Team if correct we have never beaten. I know since they joined the SEC.
  13. Wednesday morning recruiting news April 24, 2019 USC offered WR Josh Downs of Suwanee, GA. He’s been committed to North Carolina. USC offered 2021 LB Dink Jackson of Melbourne, FL. 2021 ATH Lovasea Carroll of Warrenton, GA plans to visit USC this weekend.
  14. The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday April 24, 2019, | By SportsTalk Radio Network The bulk of USC’s basketball coaching staff was at Keenan Tuesday for the final day of the next to last recruiting period for this basketball calendar. They were there for a fourth period workout that included 6-5 Dillon Jones. Frank Martin, Chuck Martin and Bruce Singler got some good evaluation time and then the two assistants had a the chance to chat up Jones. “It just reminded me how cool they are,” Jones said. “They are just good people man. They are just good people to be around. I know if I go there I won’t be all uptight. I can relax around them. Coach (Frank) Martin, as soon as I walked in, he was having a conversation with Coach Earl Grant from College of Charleston. They were talking for awhile and by the time it ended we had already started working out. He had to leave so I didn’t get the chance to talk to him. I texted him and told him thanks for coming and he told me he’d be back next week.” USC is the biggest offer Jones has at this point, but he realizes his recruiting is just starting to take shape, so there’s not reason for him to get ahead of himself and start zeroing in on one program. He hasn’t gotten that far yet with the Gamecocks. “Honestly, we didn’t get into all that, I think that’s why Coach Martin told me he would get back to me next week,” he said. “There were so many coaches there today we didn’t have a lot of time to talk one-on-one. When he comes back to visit me again, I’m pretty sure we’re going to start talking more in detail about stuff like that.” Also in to watch Jones today were Georgia Tech head coach Josh Pastner, SC State head coach Murray Garvin, and assistant coaches from Temple and Upstate. The only in home visit he’s had thus far was last week with Appalachian State. Hofstra has talked to him about an in home visit. This coming weekend Jones and his AAU team will compete in a top event in Dallas where he knows he’ll get more exposure in front of coaches, and that he said should lead to more recruiting activity. “Lot of coaches won’t really know what I am (position-wise) until I play this weekend and they get a good feel for what I am, and that’s when schools are going to prioritize me,” Jones said. “The only school that I really know that’s prioritizing me is Appalachian State. I’m a big priority to them. I talk to Coach Young every day. He texts me every day. Coastal Carolina is starting to pick it back up too.” Jones led Keenan to a state championship last season and as his profile has gone up in recruiting, so has interest from basketball-centric schools who are interested in seeing him transfer for his senior season. “That’s possible, but of course I’m just with Keenan right now and finishing up there,” Jones said. “But with the season I had and the good Chick-Fil-A Classic I had, there are a lot of schools that are coming at me right now, but we’ve got to see what’s the best opportunity. If I have the opportunity to take it to another level I will, that’s just what it’s about man. As of right now, I will be back at Keenan, but I’m just saying, don’t be surprised if I do make a move. Let’s just say that.”
  15. Muschamp speaks ahead of the first Spurs Up Tour Stop (AUDIO) April 24, 2019 | By SportsTalk Radio Network Will Muschamp made his first stop along the Spurs Up Tour Tuesday night ahead of South Carolina’s baseball game against Charleston Southern in North Augusta, SC. Muschamp addressed the media and spoke about the loyalty of the Gamecock fan base, the return of wide receiver OrTre Smith, the upcoming schedule and the importance of seeing his players drafted by the NFL. LISTEN HERE WILL MUSCHAMP SPURS UP TOUR SCHEDULE

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