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  1. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina

    March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report              

    When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. (VIEW ARTICLE)


    Gauthier goes inside his commitment to the Gamecocks

    Colten Gauthier

    USC worked hard to earn the commitment of QB Colten Gauthier of Dacula, GA. The work started with head coach Will Muschamp and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner last spring when the offer went it. And it continued with Muschamp and his new quarterback's coach Mike Bobo when he came on board in December. Gauthier took five visits to USC over the last year, the last one coming earlier this month. At that point, he knew his decision.

    “I was originally planning on doing it (announcing) at the spring game,” Gauthier said. “I committed to Coach Muschamp about a week ago and I told him I was going to do it at the spring game. With this whole thing going on, I wasn’t too sure that was going to happen. I’m committed so I might as well go ahead and put it out because it’s uncertain what’s going to happen. That was the debate this morning (Wednesday), whether I should do it or I should wait. I decided to do it and send it out.”

    On that last visit, Gauthier got the chance to visit behind the scenes with Bobo and talk quarterbacking. Then, he got to watch a practice and watch Bobo teach what he preached.

    “I was listening to the offense and it is kind of surreal about how much he knows about the game of ball,” Gauthier said. “It’s convenient because he played the position, too. He gets it. I got to see it live. It was eye opening to see the offense in motion. And I talked to a lot of people too after I left South Carolina. Me and (Ryan) Hilinski are pretty tight. Me and Luke Doty are pretty tight, too. I asked them, what’s your take on Bobo, what’s your vibe? I asked KJ Carta-Samuels, who played for him at Colorado State, because I’m really tight with his brother Austyn Carta-Samuels. We hooked up. We talked about it. I heard really great things. I talked to my coach, Jeff Saturday, and heard a lot of great things. Prayed about it, thought about it for a while, then I decided to call Muschamp and commit to him.”

    Last season Gauthier passed for 2400 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s ranked as one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country. And he feels like he can give Bobo exactly what he’s looking for in a quarterback.

    “I feel like my biggest strength is I’m able to touch everyone on the field,” Gauthier said. “He asks that you make every throw on the field, and you go as much as you can handle with that offense. I feel like that’s an advantage for me because I’m able to handle a lot of it, because of my arm ability and strength. So, the biggest thing for me fitting in wise, I’m able to make every throw on the field. That’s Coach Bobo’s offense right there. And that’s also probably a reason why I decided to commit. I feel like that’s a high level offense. That’s pro. That’s an NFL type offense. I have aspirations to go to the NFL. Why not go somewhere that’s going to be as close as possible to the real thing. That’s pretty much it for me and how I feel I will fit in.”

    Gauthier had double-digit offers and he had Ole Miss, Florida State and UCF also high up on his list. He is rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals and a 3-star by 247Sports.

  3. 4-star QB Colten Gauthier commits to Gamecocks

    Colten Gauthie

    USC Wednesday landed a commitment from 4-star QB Colten Gauthier (6-3 205) of Dacula, GA. Gauthier was offered by the Gamecocks last year while Dan Werner was the quarterback's coach, and new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo picked right up on his recruiting once he arrived in December.

    Gauthier made at least five unofficial visits to USC for recruiting and camp purposes over the last year and had kept the Gamecocks high up on his list along with Florida State, Ole Miss, and UCF. Some of his other offers are Boston College, Duke, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Michigan State, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Georgia Tech and Indiana.

    Gauthier last visited USC on March the 5th and he got the chance to go inside the offense and the quarterback position with Bobo.

    “I met with Coach Bobo for two hours and talked about life and football,” he said after that visit. “And I met with Coach Muschamp and Bobo In Muschamp’s office for about an hour and discussed how interested they are. I am a top priority. I told them they are definitely a top school and I’m looking to make a decision soon.”

    According to MaxPreps stats, last season Gauthier passed for 2401 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. As a sophomore, he passed for 2088 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

    Rivals rates him as a 4-star prospect and the #14 pro-style quarterback in the country. He’s ranked as the #26 prospect in Georgia by Rivals. 247Sports rates him as a 3-star prospect, the #18 pro-style quarterback nationally and #38 prospect in Georgia.

    Gauthier is the third new commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2021 class which now counts five members with two specialists carried over from the 2020 recruiting season.

  4. Gamecocks move early on JUCO bound DT

    Will Thomas

    Gamecocks this week offered DT Will Thomas (6-3 286) of Raleigh, NC knowing he won’t be part of the 2021 class. Thomas said he will have to go to junior college first, and the plan is to go for a year and a half before moving on. The same plan Javon Kinlaw used to get to USC. And the Gamecocks now how the Kinlaw story turned out.

    “The last time they came (to school), a good month ago, I came out and introduced myself,” Thomas said. “My coach told me they wanted to see me in the spring and they’ve just been talking to me ever since.”

    Thomas said he’s been talking primarily with new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker and new director of player personnel Drew Hughes. Both came from Tennessee, which is also one of the offers to Thomas.

    “He (Rocker) sent me an invitation to their spring practice (before it was canceled) and the times that I can come in their practice schedule,” Thomas said. “He was just checking up on me and hoping that everything is staying safe. He’s just been checking up on me to see how I’m doing.”

    “I’m really excited about the offer,” Thomas continued. “It’s going to be one of the top five that I have, one of the main ones I might pick. I like that they are close to home. They have a nice facility that I’ve seen. I hope in the future I’ll visit.”

    Thomas has not yet visited USC. He has been to Coastal Carolina, East Carolina and Duke. The Chants and Blue Devils also have offered along with Tennessee and Liberty.

    Last season, Thomas said he was in on around 65 tackles with 5 sacks. 247Sports rates him as a three-star prospect and the #32 ranked prospect in his home state.

  5. SEC cancels the rest of spring sports because of coronavirus outbreak

    March 17, 2020

    Four University of South Carolina athletic teams still had games scheduled after the SEC’s April 15 deadline following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Now none of those teams even had the glimmer of hope they might finish things out.

    The SEC officially ended all spring sports seasons in response to the rapidly spreading worldwide pandemic. There had been some small hope teams could reconvene later in the year despite NCAA spring championships having already been canceled.

    The tweet read: “The @SEC has announced all regular season conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled for remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year, including all Spring FB Games and remaining SEC championship events, due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.”

    Only Gamecocks baseball, softball and men’s and women’s track had regular season events past the deadline.

    “This is a difficult day for all of us, and I am especially disappointed for our student-athletes,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement. “The health and well-being of our entire conference community is an ongoing priority for the SEC as we continue to monitor developments and information about the COVID-19 virus.”

  6. Tuesday Recruiting Report

    March 17, 2020

    South Carolina offered 2022 DE/TE Eli Hall (6-3 250) of Shelby, NC. He also has an offer from Akron.

     South Carolina target LB Trenilyas Tatum was offered by Minnesota.

    South Carolina target LB Raneira Dillworth of Kernersville, NC was offered by Michigan State.

    South Carolina target DE Jahvaree Ritzie of Kernersville, NC was offered by LSU.


  7. The final coaches poll has spoken: Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks are No. 1

    March 11, 2020

    South Carolina women’s basketball will end the 2019-20 season as the No. 1 team in the country in the eyes of the USA Today coaches poll.

    The final top 25 rankings were released Monday after the NCAA tournament was canceled in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks were the clear No. 1, with 26 of 32 first-place votes from a panel of head coaches across the country.

    South Carolina finished the year at 32-1 for the nation’s best win percentage, including a perfect 19-0 mark in SEC regular season and tournament play. The Gamecocks’ only loss on the year was in November to Indiana, who finished No. 22 in the final poll, and they won their last 26 games, sweeping the conference regular season and tournament titles.

    Elsewhere in the poll, the Gamecocks defeated No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 UConn, No. 5 Maryland, No. 10 Mississippi State (twice), No. 11 South Dakota, No. 18 Kentucky (twice), No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 25 Arkansas (three times).

    This marks the fifth consecutive week South Carolina has topped the coaches poll, and the 26 first-place votes are the Gamecocks’ most in that stretch.

    USC was widely expected to be the No. 1 overall seed in March Madness and likely would have been favored to reach the program’s third Final Four and compete for its second national title.

    But with growing concern about COVID-19, the NCAA canceled all winter and spring championships last Thursday. The NCAA has given no indication that it will crown or recognize a national champion, but South Carolina could try to claim a title based off the No. 1 ranking. The Associated Press is scheduled to release its final poll of the year on Tuesday.

    Athletics Director Ray Tanner said Friday it was “too early” to discuss whether USC would claim a title, saying his focus at the moment has been on the spread of the virus.

    “I will add that we were on quite a run and, if I’m not mistaken, we were 32-1, we were ranked number one in both the polls, and we won a regular season title and the tournament championship. So in my mind, we’re number one,” Tanner added.

    Speaking on ESPN shortly after the NCAA’s cancellation, coach Dawn Staley didn’t go so far as to say the Gamecocks would proclaim themselves champions, but did indicate she thought they deserved to be if anyone is recognized.


    “I’m probably gonna stir up some folks — we ended the season as the No. 1 team in the country with the best record in the country, the only team that won their regular season and conference tournament undefeated,” Staley said. “If they’re gonna pass out a national championship trophy, we got our hands out at South Carolina.”


    1. South Carolina (26)

    2. Oregon (6)

    3. Baylor

    4. UConn

    5. Maryland

    6. Stanford

    7. Louisville

    8. N.C. State

    9. UCLA

    10. Mississippi State

    11. South Dakota

    12. Arizona

    13. Gonzaga

    14. DePaul

    15. Northwestern

    16. Oregon State

    17. Princeton

    18. Kentucky

    19. Missouri State

    20. Florida State

    21. Texas A&M

    22. Indiana

    23. Iowa

    24. Florida Gulf Coast

    25. Arkansas

  8. Ray Tanner writes letter to fans about coronavirus, ticket refunds, football deadlines

    March 16, 2020

    South Carolina Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner penned a letter to fans Monday explaining where things stand with spring sports refunds amid the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

    The letter deals with baseball, softball and football.

    Full letter: (VIEW LETTER)

  9. Monday Morning Recruiting Highlights


     WR Mario Williams of Plant City, FL, who has Clemson and South Carolina offers, did not include them in his top of Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma.

    New South Carolina offers last week went out to 4-star RB AJ Green (5-11 190) of Broken Arrow, OK, DL Dejon Robinson (6-3 288) of ASA College in Brooklyn and DL Will Thomas (6-3 286) of Raleigh. Some other offers for Green are LSU, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Nebraska. He’s rated the #2 prospect in Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite.

    South Carolina's target CB Nyland Green was offered by Florida.

    South Carolina target WR Raheim Sanders was offered by South Florida.

    South Carolina target DB Ryan Barnes was offered by Georgia Tech.


  10. Coronavirus impact on Gamecock Sports

    The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events.

    And then the ban was pushed to April 15.

    A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo.

    The SEC’s edict canceling intercollegiate events through March 30 because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak erased more than 50 South Carolina spring games or athletic events.

    And then the ban was pushed to April 15.

    A total of 120 scheduled games, matches, tournaments or meets remained on the schedule for South Carolina teams when the SEC first started canceling events. That’s before counting NCAA championship events and beach volleyball conference tournament, which have been canceled, and SEC championship events that remain in limbo.

    Total remaining games, matches or events still listed as scheduled after April 15, not counting conference or NCAA events (in parenthesis, games before April 15 that the SEC has already canceled):

     Men’s basketball: Lost the SEC tournament and potentially a postseason after that

     Women’s basketball: Lost the NCAA tournament

     Baseball: 18 games scheduled after April 15 (20 canceled)

     Softball: 10 games scheduled after April 15 (19 canceled)

     Men’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (3 canceled)

     Women’s golf: Zero events after April 15 (2 canceled)

     Men’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (10 canceled)

     Women’s tennis: Zero events after April 15 (9 canceled)

     Equestrian: Conference and NCEA championships both canceled

     Men’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled)

     Women’s Track: Two events after April 15 (4 plus NCAA Indoor championships canceled)

     Women’s Beach Volleyball: Zero matches after April 15 (17 canceled, conference tournament canceled)

  11. Gamecock summer newcomers could help shape offense

    March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report

    Facing a question about the identity of his offense, new South Carolina coordinator Mike Bobo pointed to a roadblock in figuring that out. Not everyone is in the mix yet and will be late summer before the Gamecocks offense takes shape.

    The Gamecocks were going through spring practice see coronavirus (COVID-19) without two freshman tight ends, two freshman wide receivers and a pair of running backs who’ve all yet to enroll. To hear Bobo’s tone, it sounded as if he expects those players to have impacts on their respective rotations. He flat out said he expects those newcomers to “shape” the identity at the skill positions. They’ll all be on campus this summer. (VIEW ARTICLE)

  12. New faces for Gamecocks now and how might that change things?

    March 15, 2020 / GCF Staff Report

    There might have been a point this offseason where it couldn’t hurt to hand out nametags to some to the new South Carolina football staffers, considering the volume of departures and arrivals. An offseason of change  so far saw 40% of Will Muschamp’s core coaching staff change over, plus the man running his recruiting operation as well as the strength coach. The changes didn’t even wrap up officially until five days before the team hit the field for spring ball. (VIEW ARTICLE)

  13. Carroll gives the latest on Gamecocks and visits

    Lovasea Carroll

    Former USC commitment RB Lovasea Carroll of Warrenton, GA and IMG Academy in Florida is ready to dance the dance again with the Gamecocks. He committed last May and then decommitted the day after the Gamecocks loss to North Carolina. There wasn’t much contact between the two for the next three months, but conversations resumed in January and remain regular to this day.

    “I talk to Coach (Will) Muschamp a lot,” Carroll said. “He sends me a quote everyday and we’ll talk almost twice a week, or I’ll talk to Coach Mike (Bobo). We talk about like how I’m a priority for them and they would love to have me.”

    There have been significant changes on the Gamecock offense since Carroll’s initial commitment. Thomas Brown no longer is running backs coach, Bobby Bentley is back coaching running backs and Bobo is the new offensive coordinator. The changes are something Carroll said he’ll have to sort thru.

    “I feel like this was a big move and I really hadn’t flipped thru it yet,” Carroll said. “I’m going to go on my visit and I hope I get more Intel on it and stuff like that.”

    Carroll’s only unofficial visit thus far this year was to Florida. He goes on spring break next week and he plans to see USC, Georgia and Auburn. He has set official visits with USC April 3rd, Auburn in April and Tennessee June 5th. He also plans to take officials to Georgia and Florida. Right now, Carroll said Florida is the team to beat.

    “I’ve visited there a lot and visited there recently,” Carroll said. “I feel like I can come there and play early.”

    Carroll missed much of his junior season with a shoulder injury which he said is fine now. The year before he rushed for nearly 1500 yards.

  14.  Latest on Gaffney DL Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins

    Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins

    Gaffney DL Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins has taken unofficial visits to USC, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgia. His most recent visit was to Knoxville March 8th. Once recruits are allowed to return to schools for unofficial visits, he plans to go back to USC and Tennessee, and take other visits to Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and NC State.

    The Gamecocks have made Ingram-Dawkins a recruiting priority with Will Muschamp keeping up a steady line of communication.

    “Me and Coach (Will) Muschamp talk every day,” Ingram-Dawkins said. “He texts me every day, checks up on me. Sometimes he calls. No specific thing every day, different things every day. We’ve got a tight relationship. I keep up with them. They are recruiting me hard, like the home school should.”

    Ingram-Dawkins also is in touch with new Gamecock defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Their relationship dates back to win Rocker was at Tennessee.

    “I already had a relationship with Coach Rocker when he was at the University of Tennessee,” Ingram-Dawkins said. “They were recruiting me, and they still are recruiting me. He was there, so I’ve already had a relationship with Coach Rocker, so that just made it better when he came to the home state school. We have a real tight relationship that is still the same.”

    It would appear things look good for the Gamecocks with Ingram-Dawkins. But he’s not at the point yet to name them, or anyone, as a favorite.

    “I really don’t have a special feeling for anybody right now,” he said “I’m just really concerned with enjoying the recruiting process and get some good things out of it and just find out what’s best for me. So, really right now, I’m really not leaning nowhere. I’m just enjoying it. No school is over another school right now. I like South Carolina. It’s my home state. It’s a great school with great coaches and great atmosphere and great tradition. I like that place.”

    Clemson, Ingram-Dawkins said, has not showed much interest to this point. And that’s not a problem for him.

    “Not really worried about. If they come, they come,” Ingram-Dawkins said. “That’s my home state school, too. If they show love, I’ll show love back. As of right now, I haven’t heard from Clemson.”

    Ingram-Dawkins also has offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas, Penn State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Florida State. He said he will be graduating early and is looking to make his decision in late summer or midway thru his senior season.

  15. The coronavirus outlook for Gamecocks sports for the spring of 2020 


    South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner sat at a podium facing far more questions than he had answers to. His time speaking publicly Friday had been bumped back twice as new information about coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact continued to come in at a rapid-fire rate throughout the day. (VIEW ARTICLE)

  16. Mike Bobo high on RB MarShawn Lloyd ‘has a chance to be a special back’

    March 16, 2020, Henry Fusco

     Bobo would have no problem playing a freshman tailback, and he’ll have the chance to do that with MarShawn Lloyd, a South Carolina early enrollee who was rated as high as a five-star recruit by one service. Bobo said. “Running back is a position that you can tell pretty quick if a guy’s got it and usually you’re not signing a running back to redshirt him. “What your running back should be doing, if they’re not starting at tailback, is they should be starting on special teams.” (VIEW ARTICLE)

  17. Four-star LB includes Gamecocks in his top eight

    By /  / Recruiting 

    trenilyas-tatum3.png?resize=358%2C447&ssLB Trenilyas Tatum of Jonesboro, GA named a top eight of USC, Tennessee, Louisville, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Virginia. He visited USC the last weekend of January and he talked on the phone with Will Muschamp last week. Muschamp, Tatum said, reaches out to him practically every morning.

    “He sends me inspiration quotes to get the day started and stuff,” Tatum said. “I hear from Coach (Tracy) Rocker, Coach (Travaris Robinson) T-Rob. I hear from all of them. Sending me stuff with their spring ball getting started and inspirational sayings and good morning and stuff. I’m most definitely going to try to get up their for the spring game.”

    Mississippi State and Georgia, Tatum said, also are keeping up strong contact. He was supposed to visit Georgia last Wednesday but couldn’t make it. From his top eight, Tatum has settled on outright favorites, but he is strong on the Gamecocks.

    “They are definitely top three,” Tatum said.  “Not many head coaches reach out like Coach Muschamp.  It’s a school for defensive players.  I know there are a lot of defensive players every year going to the (NFL) Draft and I know Coach Muschamp will help make that happen for me.”

    Tatum is a Mike linebacker and is ranked 15th nationally in the 247Sports composite. Last season he had 91 tackles with 31 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

  18. Speedy Alabama receiver commits to Gamecocks

    Sam Reynolds

    WR Sam Reynolds (5-10 183) of Alabaster, AL is known for his speed on the field and on the track. He also showed his speed in making a decision when he committed to USC coach Will Muschamp and recruiter Bobby Bentley while on an unofficial visit Sunday with his parents. It was his first visit to USC and he saw and learned enough to know he wants to join Muschamp and company in 2021.

    “We were talking about where I would fit in to their system with Coach Muschamp and Coach Bentley,” Reynolds said.  “Coach Muschamp said when you commit to me, I commit to you, so you ought to be a Gamecock.  When he said that, that kind of tough my heart, touched my family’s heart, and at that moment we all knew it was time to be a Gamecock.”

    The Gamecocks offered Reynolds last week and becoming his first Power 5 offer. Troy, Samford, Middle Tennessee State and North Alabama are his other offers. So, going into the visit, Reynolds had given some thought to jumping in with the Gamecocks.

    “Before I went I prayed on it,” Reynolds said. “Once I got there, it had everything I was looking for. My family loved it. It felt like a home away from home. The football aspect was wonderful, the education was great and they have the major I would love (Business Management). Everything seemed new, state of the art. You go to a lot of SEC schools and ACC schools and they can’t even compete with South Carolina in my opinion. The facilities were wonderful. It was the best decision for me.”

    Last season Reynolds had 36 catches for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also averaged 25 yards on kickoff returns. He liked the fact Muschamp and Bentley, and receivers coach Bryan McClendon, have a plan for him in the offense.

    “They love my speed,” Reynolds said. “They said they wanted to get me in mismatches and let me go to work in the open field. They said I’m going to be like a gadget or a toy like Deebo Samuel and Ace Sanders. They can move me around, put me at back, slot, outside receiver and get me out in space and create mismatches.”

    Reynolds reported has run his best 60 in 6.93 and the 100 in 10.76. He also drew a track scholarship offer from Colorado State.

    Reynolds gives the Gamecocks four counters toward the 2021 class at this point. He said he will return to USC in three weeks and plans to bring with him his close friend QB Will Crowder of Gardendale, AL and teammate WR JB Mitchell.

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