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  1. JUNE 19, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW TSUS Ep. 107 | Who Is The Greatest Gamecock Of All Time? + Joey Pankake Chris has a great website along with his enjoyable podcast so make sure to visit and please feel free to ask questions on his podcast. Enjoy the show fanatics!!! Today’s topic of conversation centers around one question: who is the greatest Gamecock of all time? Chris shares your voicemails, tweets and responses as well as gives his opinion on who the distinguished honor should belong to. Also, Ridge Chapman signs with the Angels, Elijah Rodgers comes home and more. Finally, former Gamecocks SS Joey Pankake joins the show to chat (43:30-1:15:34) about why he chose USC, going to Omaha, the Carolina-Clemson rivalry, Ray Tanner’s retirement, life in pro ball, coaching and more. iTunes Spotify Stitcher Google Play Buzzsprout
  2. Wednesday morning Recruiting report June 19, 2019 LB Desmond Tisdol of Rochelle, GA is considering a return visit to USC this week with teammate junior LB Martez Thrower. Tisdol last visited USC June 8th. He’s also been to Auburn and Florida State this month. USC commitment OL Issiah Walker of Miami will return to USC Friday with some coaches and teammates and stay thru Sunday on an unofficial visit. He will participate in camp Saturday. Despite all his visits to other schools, Walker said his commitment to USC remains strong, but he’s not ready to shut down his recruiting totally. But this will be his final visit before the dead period. Chapman WR Ben Rollins plans to walk-on at USC this fall.6-8 Ja’Von Benson of Ridge View was offered by Winthrop.
  3. Basketball recruiting roundup June 19, 2019 USC target 6-7 Matt Cross was offered by Texas A&M according to TheHoopHustle. Virginia Tech also recently offered. . He is scheduled for an official visit to Miami later this week. He also has been to USC, Indiana and Butler. 6-6 Terrance Williams of Washington, DC told Prep Hoops Maryland he will take an official to Georgetown Wednesday. He also has been to Stanford, Virginia, Notre Dame and Depaul officially. He remains in touch with USC #Gamecocks and might take an unofficial. USC target 6-10 Cliff Omoruyi of Roselle, NJ was offered by Maryland, Arizona and TCU according to NJHoopRecruit. He also took an unofficial to Maryland last weekend. He could visit USC at some point.
  4. 3-star CB Joey Hunter to see Gamecocks before his decision June 19, 2019, | sportstalksc.com 3-star CB Joey Hunter (6-1 185) of Tyrone, GA has set July 2nd for his commitment announcement. This weekend he will take his first and final official visit prior to his announcement, and that will be to USC. The Gamecocks have been in his top seven along with Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Boston College and Syracuse. Hunter also visited USC a couple of weeks ago for a camp so he already has a good idea about the school. “The facilities and campus are beautiful,” Hunter said. “I was surprised with where it was. I thought it was going to be more like the country, but it wasn’t really rural, and I really like that. And with the coaching staff, I like that it’s a defended minded coaching staff. Coach Muschamp is a very defensive minded guy. Coach T-Rob is a great defensive back coach, one of the best in the country. It’s a lot to look forward to, the coaching staff over there.” Hunter has built a good relationship with Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson, and the idea of possibly playing for them is highly appealing to him. “I’m real close with Coach T-Rob, Coach Muschamp, I talk to both of them every day, so I’ve got a real good relationship with South Carolina,” Hunter said. “I like the coaching staff and I like the environment around the players, too. That’s a lot to look forward to at the University of South Carolina.” And apparently Muschamp and Robinson are looking forward to possibly having Hunter in their secondary. They have found a lot to like in his play based on what they saw on camp and on film. “Coach Muschamp and Coach T-Rob both told me that my physicality and my ball skills, that’s what they really like,” he said. “And my ability to play different positions all over the field. I appreciated that, getting to go out there and showcase my different abilities at different positions.” Hunter said cornerback and nickelback are his primary positions, with safety being a third choice. He said there is no leader going into the weekend and all the schools are recruiting him hard with calls every day. Last season Hunter 49 tackles with 3 interceptions.
  5. Another Carolina Podcast: Official visit recaps and 'Big boy recruiting' Topics on this episode include: - The latest on five official visitors who South Carolina hosted this past weekend including four-star commitment Alex Huntley. - Two prospects are already locked in on officials for the upcoming weekend. The latest on each player. - Who has impressed at camp so far and what has stood out to the Gamecock Central staff. - Which top targets are expected in for Carolina's camp this weekend. - The latest on four-star RB target Tank Bigsby and our take on "Big boy recruiting." SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL RECRUITING South Carolina football and recruiting insiders Chris Clark and Wes Mitchell join host Pearson Fowler on Another Carolina Podcast to discuss another weekend of official visits and look ahead to more camp days.
  6. 3-star OL Vershon Lee commits to the Gamecocks June 18, 2019 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking USC added what is likely the final piece to its 2020 offensive line haul with a commitment Monday night from 3 star OL Vershon Lee 6'3" 290lbs of Woodbridge, VA. He picked the Gamecocks over Pitt, and also considered NC State, West Virginia and Wake Forest in his final short group. Lee took an official visit to Pitt this past weekend. The weekend before he visited USC and got the chance for an extensive conversation with offensive line coach Eric Wolford. “We were talking about football and how things go and how he needs me,” Lee said. ‘He was telling me about how vital it would be for me to come here. I feel wanted here. I could get real relaxed comfortable here.” The Gamecocks see Lee as an interior offensive lineman, and hs coach believes he would excel as a guard or center. “He definitely has the athleticism to play tackle, just doesn’t have the height,” said coach Darryl Overton. “He’s also been a point guard in basketball. Very athletic. He fell in love with being a lineman, blocking and being nasty. He takes a lot of pride in pancaking people. He’s got a lot of good skill sets. He’s very dedicated to his craft.” Lee gives USC five offensive line commitments for the class, though Issiah Walker is still shopping around, and 13 commitments overall.
  7. MBB: Summer Press Conference Wednesday, June 19 South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin will be available to the media on Wednesday, June 19, in the media room at Colonial Life Arena at 11:30 AM ET to discuss the offseason, the upcoming NBA Draft and the 2019-20 newcomers. Please email SID Emily Miles with any questions.
  8. OL Vershon Lee of Woodbridge, VA has set 7:00 PM tonight for announcing his commitment for either USC Gamecocks or Pitt
  9. CB Joey Hunter announces Top 7, commitment date The Gamecocks are in his final group along with Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Pitt and Boston College. Announcement will come on mom's birthday, July 2nd.
  10. Gamecock Commit Lovasea Carroll debuts at #92 Overall. Rivals 2021 Top 100
  11. Best in the state: A look at the top 10 players in South Carolina June 18, 2019 The state of South Carolina traditionally produces a lot of very good college football players. There are times when the state has a bit of a down year, which includes the 2021 cycle, but some of the best players in the country reside in the Palmetto State this season. This year, there are three players from the state of South Carolina ranked in the Top 100 nationally with another ranked within the Top 200. That’s not a bad number for a small state, which totals five four-star or better prospects. And this year, the state also has the No. 1 prospect in the entire country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Defensive end Jordan Burch is the best player nationally with a 0.9991 rating in the aggregate total, which averages the rankings of three different evaluation sites. Burch also has another top player, four-star defensive tackle Alex Huntley, on his high school team. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  12. USC Gamecocks target OL Vershon Lee plans decision soon. He visited Pitt over the weekend
  13. 2019 Opponent Preview: South Carolina Hosts Gators In “Measuring Stick” Game For Both Programs June 18, 2019, | by CHRIS, | THESPURSUPSHOW OPPONENT: Florida WHEN: Saturday, October 19th WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC) ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: Florida leads 27-9-3 LAST MEETING: Florida beat the Gamecocks 35-31 in Gainesville, FL 2018 RECORD: 10-3 (5-3) Head Coach… Dan Mullen The Gators football program got a boost of energy a year ago when former assistant Dan Mullen was named head coach. Year one was successful for Mullen and co., leading the Gators to a 10-3 (5-3) overall record, capped off by an impressive 41-15 win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. Now, Mullen looks to make another big jump in year two and get the Gators closer to the promises he made upon his hiring. Returning Starters… OFFENSE (5) WR Van Jefferson (Sr.) WR Tyrie Cleveland (Sr.) WR Josh Hammond (Sr.) C Nick Buchanan (Sr.) QB Feleipe Franks (Jr.) DEFENSE (7) DE Jabari Zuniga (Sr.) NT Adam Shuler (Sr.) DT Kyree Campbell (Jr.) LB David Reese II (Sr.) CB CJ Henderson (Jr.) STAR Trey Dean III (So.) S Donovan Stonier (Jr.) How did they fare in 2018? The Gators surpassed expectations in Dan Mullen’s first season, winning 10 games capped off by a huge win over Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The year didn’t come without some bumps and bruises along the way, however. Florida lost to Kentucky for the first time in over two decades, sending fans in Gainesville into panic mode early on. UF rebounded nicely, winning five in a row before suffering back to back losses to Georgia and Missouri. Once again, Florida bounced back, winning four straight games, leading to an off-season full of optimism and hope heading into the 2019 season. Best Returning Player… Felipe Franks While highly criticized at times, Franks truly is the engine that makes Florida go. Franks quietly had a nice year for the Gators, throwing for just under 2,500 yards, 24 TD and just 6 INT. Now, heading into his junior season, he will look to take another major step and establish himself as one of the best signal callers in the SEC. Overall Outlook… To nobodies surprise, the Gators enter this season with sky high expectations in Dan Mullen’s second season. It’s been an interesting off-season for Florida to say the least, led off by Chris Steele’s decision to transfer which spurned a lot of moving around in Gainesville. Mullen has been very outspoken this off-season as well, getting in daily jabs at his archival UGA, Tennessee and others. Now, for the Gators trip to Columbia. First of all, don’t even get me started on last years game… South Carolina had Florida dead, leading by 17 with just under five minutes to play in the 3Q before the Gators stormed back for a 35-31 win. Now, the Gamecocks will look for revenge in what should prove to be a “measuring stick” type game for both programs this October. Still the question remains: what can we expect from this Gators team? Some have them listed as high as a Top 10 team in the pre-season, while some have UF taking a step back. Count me amongst those who are skeptical of the Gators in year two of the Dan Mullen era. UF comes back down to Earth a bit in 2019, including in their week eight match-up in Columbia. 2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 8-4 (4-4)
  14. Get USC’s four-star running back commit in this spot, and it’s ‘like stealing’ June 18, 2019 When former DeMatha High School offensive coordinator Chris Grier got his hands on four-star tailback MarShawn Lloyd last spring, one thing immediately popped. The new South Carolina football commit was working in 7-on-7 drills and showed a little extra in his toolbox. “He really, really cannot be covered by a linebacker in any way out of the backfield,” Grier said. “It’s just a complete mismatch. Being able to do some different things with him out of the backfield, option routes, where he can kind of play off the leverage of linebackers, is like stealing.” When Lloyd arrives in Columbia, there will be some expectation at least outside the program, for him to step in as a primary back of sorts. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE) THE STATE
  15. Former Graduate transfer Nick Harvey finds a new home June 18, 2019 The former top recruit said goodbye to Texas A&M, joined the Gamecocks as a graduate transfer, ready to shore up a thin secondary. In the end, his USC career lasted less than four games, and he’ll finish his career at North Texas. Harvey, who announced his transfer in January, tweeted Monday he’ll join the Mean Green for his final season of eligibility.
  16. Better or worse? Previewing South Carolina's offense in 2019 June 18, 2019 Previewing South Carolina's offense in 2019 Replacing the fireworks and contributions of Deebo Samuel will be difficult, but South Carolina has more than a few veteran returnees for the offense this season. Jake Bentley, of course, is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the SEC, and he has several veteran targets back, including Bryan Edwards and Shi Smith. Did you know? SC averaged 30.1 PPG in 2018, almost 6 points more than 2017 and by far the most under Will Muschamp. South Carolina ranked No. 9 in the SEC in scoring in 2018, averaging 30.1 points per game, but struggled to find consistency. The Gamecocks looked strong against the likes of Missouri, Ole Miss and even Clemson, in a loss. But they stumbled against Georgia, Kentucky, and especially in the bowl game loss to Virginia. Bentley’s 14 interceptions were well-documented, and 6 of those came inside the 20-yard line. (READ FULL ARTICLE) SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH
  17. Speedy receiver Deajaun McDougle to take official with Gamecocks this weekend June 18, 2019, | sportstalksc.com WR Deajaun McDougle 5'11" 170lbs of Deerfield Beach, FL has set an official visit to USC for this coming weekend. It will be his first official visit though he’s taken several unofficial visits, including one to USC in January. He’s hoping to dive deeper into the Gamecock program and the university on this trip with his mother and grandmother. “My first visit was OK. I didn’t get to see as much, but the atmosphere and everything was great,” McDougle said. “I just need to get up there and meet the rest of the staff and get a good communication with them. I think they are going to try to show me something big this weekend, so I’m excited for that. They’ve been recruiting me pretty hard.” McDougle said he can play the slot or the outside receiver spots. His best 40 time has been a 4.51. Last season he had 65 catches for 856 yards and 8 touchdowns. He said his conversations with the Gamecocks have led him to believe there’s a spot for him in their offense. “I can come in and be an immediate impact and they can surround the offense around me, but I have to come in and learn and observe right away,” he said. “They are definitely at the top of my list, I’m just waiting it out to take the rest of these four officials and then I’ll be able to decide. I don’t necessarily have a leader but they are definitely in the top five. I’m going to Purdue, I’m going to Ohio State, I’m going to Oregon and then I’m going to Maryland.” Some of McDougle’s other listed offers are Clemson, Michigan, UCF, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Miami and Kansas. He said he is working on making his decision in August, and he will sign in December and graduate early.
  18. 2020 Gamecock Baseball: Gamecock rotation, lineup spots in 2020 are ‘gonna be wide open,’ Mark Kingston says June 17, 2019 Pitcher Brett Kerry was a freshman All-American. Outfielder Andrew Eyster exploded toward the end of the year. Catcher Luke Berryhill was a rock behind the plate. In a mostly disastrous 2019 season, South Carolina baseball had a few bright spots — guys who could conceivably play a role for the Gamecocks as they try to move forward from the program’s worst campaign in nearly 25 years. And coach Mark Kingston isn’t saying they won’t. But in his postseason press conference in May, he made one thing clear: Playing time this past season guarantees nothing moving forward, especially on his young pitching staff where some freshmen were pressed into unfamiliar roles by injuries. (CLICK TO VIEW FULL ARTICLE) THE STATE
  19. Gamecocks Welcome Seven Newcomers For 2019-20 Campaign June 17, 2019 COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced his incoming class for the 2019-20 campaign on Monday. The seven-member group is comprised of five freshmen and two upperclassmen transfers, including: Trey Anderson (Fr. – F – 6-5 – San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy), Mike Green (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach), Trae Hannibal (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville), Micaiah Henry (Gr. – F/C – 6-9 – Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech), Wildens Leveque (Fr. – F/C – 6-10 – Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy), Jalyn McCreary (Fr. – F – 6-8 – Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School) and Seventh Woods (Sr. – G – 6-1 – Columbia, S.C./Hammond School/North Carolina). (CLICK TO VIRE FULL ARTICLE)
  20. Gamecocks Welcome Seven Newcomers For 2019-20 Campaign June 17, 2019 Men's Basketball | 6/17/2019 | From USC Sports Informatiob | GCF Staff Report Story Links CLICK TO PLACE A SEASON TICKET DEPOSIT COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina head men's basketball coach Frank Martin announced his incoming class for the 2019-20 campaign on Monday. The seven-member group is comprised of five freshmen and two upperclassmen transfers, including: Trey Anderson (Fr. – F – 6-5 – San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy), Mike Green (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach), Trae Hannibal (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville), Micaiah Henry (Gr. – F/C – 6-9 – Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech), Wildens Leveque (Fr. – F/C – 6-10 – Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy), Jalyn McCreary (Fr. – F – 6-8 – Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School) and Seventh Woods (Sr. – G – 6-1 – Columbia, S.C./Hammond School/North Carolina). "We are extremely excited about the quality and talent of this recruiting class," Martin said. "Our staff continues to piggy back on the momentum of our program to recruit high-character, highly-talented young men." Below is a brief bio and quote from Martin on each newcomer: Trey Anderson (Fr. – F – 6-5 – San Diego, Calif./Mater Dei Catholic/Woodstock Academy) Following prep career, spent a post-grad season at Woodstock Academy, averaging 10 points and seven rebounds per game Averaged 16.7 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game to help lead Mater Dei Catholic squad to a league championship title and a berth in the San Diego Section Open Division semifinal playoffs as a senior Named the 2017-18 Mesa League Player of the Year (The Star News) as a senior Labeled as a strong shooter, who is a competitor with great length Martin on Anderson…"Trey is a 6-5 athletic wing, that can shoot the basketball. He's very competitive and multi-talented defensively, so we're excited about the possibilities of what he can contribute right away." Mike Green (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Myrtle Beach, S.C./Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach) Scored over 2,000 points during prep career, while also pulling down over 600 rebounds and dishing out over 500 assists Named South Carolina Independent Schools Association 2018-19 AA All-State by the High School Sports Report Played varsity as an eighth grader, averaging 15 points per game Noted as a player with high-level shooting ability and excellent vision Martin on Green…"Mike, who is from the Myrtle Beach area, turned down numerous scholarship offers because of his belief in who we are as a basketball program and his willingness to play for his state. He has come here paying his own way, and doing everything in his power to earn a scholarship as we move forward." Trae Hannibal (Fr. – G – 6-1 – Hartsville, S.C./Hartsville) Named the Class 4A co-Player of the Year as a senior at Hartsville, finishing his prep career with over 1,500 points, which included a 62-point performance in his final high school contest Also named the Florence Morning News' boys basketball player of the year as a senior, when he averaged 26.8 points per game Averaged 16.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a junior at Hartsville, also earning all-state honors Noted as a player with great athleticism, who plays with pace Martin on Hannibal…"Trae is a young man from Hartsville [S.C.], who scored 62 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in his final high school game. He is a dynamic point guard, who has size, strength, basketball skill and IQ. We're extremely excited about who he will become in his time at South Carolina." Micaiah Henry (Gr. – F/C – 6-9 – Decatur, Ga./Columbia High School/Tennessee Tech) Graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech where he averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 31 appearances in 2018-19 Hit 50 percent or better from the floor each of his three seasons with the Golden Eagles, including a career best 61.5 percent as a redshirt-sophomore During prep career at Columbia High School, averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game as a senior, en route to First Team All-Region accolades Graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in finance Martin on Henry…"Micaiah is a graduate transfer from Tennessee Tech, who is a 6-9 low-post player that is comfortable playing with his back to the basket. He has really good hands, and he is a highly-competitive young man that has a tremendous feel of how to score around the basket." Wildens Leveque (Fr. – F/C – 6-10 – Brockton, Mass./Gould Academy) Averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior at Gould Academy, earning NEPSAC AA Honorable Mention accolades Noted as the No. 2 player in the state of Massachusetts by ESPN.com Named All-NEPSAC AA following senior season Labeled as a competitive player with great form on his shot Martin on Leveque…"Wildens is a 6-10 athletic center, who knows he is a back-to-the basket player. He is a rim protector, he's a runner, and he has real good hands, so he can figure out a way to help on offense and defense from the word go." Jalyn McCreary (Fr. – F – 6-8 – Marietta, Ga./Legacy Early College High School) Averaged 18 points and six rebounds as a senior at Legacy Early College Named a USA Today South Carolina All-State Second Team honoree after helping his squad to a 34-5 overall record during senior campaign Scored 18 points to lead his team to the USA National Prep Tournament Championship in March Noted as an athletic combo forward with good court awareness Martin on McCreary…"Jalyn is a 6-8 athletic, aggressive forward, who is freakishly athletic. In the open court, he is a finisher from the mid-range and he is a dunking highlight reel, a lot like Keyshawn Bryant." Seventh Woods (Sr. – G – 6-1 – Columbia, S.C./Hammond School/North Carolina) Saw action in 94 career games at North Carolina, averaging 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game; a member of UNC's 2017 national championship team Played prep career at Hammond School in Columbia, averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and five assists per game as a senior Helped 2015 squad capture state championship Twice named Mr. Basketball in the state of South Carolina, while collecting other accolades such as all-region and all-state honors, while also being named the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Player of the Year four times during prep career Martin on Woods…"I'm extremely excited to get Seventh back home. He has learned a lot over the last three years, and obviously he was a rotation player on a national championship team. Who he is to this community – I don't need to say much about it, I think that's understood. I'm excited - and I think so is he - to be able to get to help him, and help him regain that trust that he had in himself, so after a redshirt year, he can line up and play with the same kind of confidence and aggressiveness that he played in throughout his high school career at Hammond."
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