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  1. Thanks for posting the article link, SCBlue! Typically I'm always very hopeful for the FB season, and lately I guess I'm hopeful for being hopeful, LOL. I'm really in a "need to see it to believe it" mode these days. But it's always encouraging to see positive previews for the team......
  2. This is tremendous news! And it doesn't have the attachment of him dealing with an injury right now, which would explain his decision - he would be ready to go right at the start of the season. Now we have to hope that a possible high round big-money signing bonus doesn't influence him to change his mind, and he follows through with coming to USC....
  3. The first commitment for the 2021 cycle to South Carolina has now made herself known: 5-star Guard Aubryanna "Bree" Hall out of Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio. Bree Hall is another stellar prospect out of Ohio along the lines of Zia Cooke, guaranteeing that we will continue to see games scheduled with Dayton, Ohio State, etc. Bree Hall is a 5-star prospect on ESPN's Hoopgurlz ratings for the 2021 cycle - the #10 G and #26 prospect overall. Hall chose South Carolina out of a final list of 7 schools which included Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Texas (looks like Dawn beat Vic Schaefer again!), North Carolina State, and Ohio State. She also had offers from Louisville, Florida State, Indiana, and Dayton, among others. Hall is an athletic 5-11 guard that is a very strong lockdown defender but also has a strong mid-range game. She is a strong driver and finisher at the basket, and in all these skill sets she is very reminiscent of former Gamecock Alisha Gray, much like current Gamecock Brea Beal. Like Beal (and not quite at the level of Gray), Hall needs to continue improving her perimeter game at the 3-point arc.
  4. The first of the 4 "mystery" commits has now stepped into the spotlight, and announced her intentions! 5* 6-0 G Aubryanna "Bree" Hall out of Wayne High School in Dayton, OH announced today she's committed to South Carolina! Now we see if the other 3 will make their announcements soon....
  5. Well things continue to get more and more interesting, if not exciting about the program: So it appears now we will have at least a 4-prospect 2021 class. Still do not have official word on any of the 4, but this latest tweet from Dawn cleverly (or slyly) implies the latest one may be a "big", or a post/forward position player. USC is in strong standing with 5* and overall #6 on ESPN's Hoopgurlz 6-3 F Sania Feagin, and are also in good standing with 5* and overall #22 6-3 W Teonna Key, although the word is she was leaning towards Tennessee and joining her sister Tamari Key there. This 2021 class is turning into another stellar, possibly top 5 or better class. These girls would spend 2 years with the previous overall #1 rated 2019 class of Boston, Cooke, Beal, and Amihere, as well as 3 years with 5* Eniya Russell. Fun days ahead.....
  6. Coach Staley has added a 3rd commit to the 2021 class: As with the first 2, we'll have to wait to see officially who those 3 are. But looks like the class will be another strong one. They will be added to the roster for the 2021-22 season, the season after this coming one. The big class of Boston, Cooke, Beal, Amihere, and Thompson will be Juniors that season, and Henderson, Saxton, and Wesolek will be Seniors. That team should be strong contenders for at least the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons....
  7. Since Coach Staley can't tell names until she gets a signed letter, we have to wait for the prospects to actually make announcements of commitments. Coach Staley likes to tweet her "birdie flew into the nest" tweets ahead of them committing, so if they don't announce soon afterwards, it leaves us anxious. At first it the early speculation from Gamecocks WBB fans were that the 2 were a class of 2021 true incoming freshman committing, and a possible transfer from another program. The early class prospects mentioned were 5* 5-8 PG Raven Johnson, out of GA, and there's been discussion on other boards of Maryland 5-11 G Taylor Mikesell possibly transferring to USC. Mikesell would be a rising Junior, so she would have to red-shirt next season unless she got a waiver. But Mikesell was a former 5* 5-9 PG out of the 2018 cycle, that is more of a combo guard, and was 1st team All-Big10 last season for MD. Others have mentioned 2021 overall #3 6-0 G Saniya Rivers out of NC, overall #6 6-3 F Sania Feagin, out of GA, and even overall #1 5-11 G Azzi Fudd. Now, a transfer from another program can make their announcement much sooner than a prospect who has to wait to sign. But since Coach Staley made her initial tweets above, she responded to another on twitter in a way that made it seem that both "birdies" in this case were not any transfers, but were actual members of the 2021 class. And since THAT, the talk has been brought up that one of those birdies was in fact Rivers who is joining the program. I don't know if this is entirely true, but if it is that is a huge addition to the program. It seems that Rivers brings both elite offense and defense to the table. We'll just have to keep watching. The staff has the program running at an elite level right now....
  8. Would've been nice to get Evans like as was stated we placed him in JUCO, but because of the upperclassmen depth at RB we've had the past 2 years, we now have a young depth chart at RB of freshmen and sophomores. Wish we still had a senior RB to sort of anchor this position, and Evans would have served nicely in that regard. But if Lloyd, Harris, or Fenwick step up this season we will be OK. ..
  9. A solid pick-up for the LB position! The consensus was we were thin at the LB position, so looks like we're doing good work at addressing that need. And Trenilyas is another in a long line of quality names for the FB program.....
  10. A solid commitment. If he came in with the 2020 class, he would be the highest-rated prospect of that group (Patrick Iriel and Ja'Von Benson). His top offers I guess are Georgia Tech, VCU, and Richmond. A strong offensive guard, for once - he averaged upwards of 30 ppg his senior season last season....
  11. April 4, 2020 (per Phil Kornblut) Three-star cornerback Demarko Williams of Atlanta, who committed to South Carolina on Jan. 21, announced a decommitment on Friday. Williams gave no reasons for his decommitment, and indications are that USC will still be considered. After his commitment, Florida State and Ole Miss offered him scholarships. Three-star offensive tackle Jakiah Leftwich of Atlanta has been a target of USC offensive lineman coach Eric Wolford for months. Head coach Will Muschamp offered Leftwich in late November after a visit to Leftwich's school during the open week, and since then Wolford has kept up his interest. Leftwich has set July 19 for his announcement, and it would shock few if he picks USC. Four-star running back Lovasea Carroll of Warrenton, Ga., and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. On January 17, he named his top five as USC, Florida, UGA, Auburn and Ohio State. However, he has dropped Ohio State from his list and replaced it with Tennessee. Carroll has set his announcement day for August 6th. Between now and then, when visits are once again allowed, Carroll plans to take official visits to all five finalists. He had scheduled one with USC for the spring game. Florida is considered the favorite at this point by Carroll. Wide receiver Malcolm Johnson (6-feet-1-inch, 185 pounds) is a 4-star, 2-sport prospect from Bryans Road, Md., who attends school in Alexandria, Va. He's an acclaimed track and field athlete in the 200-, 100- and 55-meter dashes. That speed has transferred well to the football field where he's also attracted national attention. Johnson named a top 12 last week and USC was firmly in the mix. Johnson maintained there's sincere interest on his part toward USC, and he just needs to get the campus to learn more about the football and track programs. Johnson also has been talking in detail with USC WR coach Bryan McClendon. He's liked the approach McClendon has taken with him. Johnson is ranked the No. 7 WR prospect in the country in the 247Sports composite and the No. 6 prospect in the state of Virginia. He will not be an early graduate. USC dipped into south Florida to become the first SEC offer for athlete Tavoris Miller (6-0, 160) of Miami. Miller said USC likes him as a DB. He also plays QB and WR and is on the basketball team. Miami is the other Power 5 conference offer for Miller at this point. He also has offers from Coastal Carolina, Florida International, Western Kentucky and Tennessee State. Other USC offers last week went to 3-star tight end Elijah Arroyo (6-4, 210) of Frisco, Texas; '22 class 3-star CB Joshua Thompson (6-2, 185) of Washington; 3-star CB Devin Moore of Naples, Fla.; 4-star WR Luther Burden of St. Louis; 4-star linebacker Torren Wright (6-3, 210) of Kannapolis, N.C.; 4-star CB/RB Kody Jones (5-10, 165) of Memphis, Tenn.; WR Mari Brown (6-3, 170) of Stuart, Fla.; WR Andre Greene (6-3, 180) of Richmond, Va.; and LB Keaten Wade (6-4, 215) of Spring Hill, Tenn. USC TE target Bryson Nesbit of Charlotte was offered by Michigan State, USC LB target Raneiria Dillworth was offered by Penn State, and USC ATH target Kamarro Edwards was offered by LSU. USC RB target Trevion Cooley picked up offers from Syracuse, Mississippi State, Coastal, Georgia Southern, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Temple. USC RB target Tiyon Evans of Hartsville and Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas was offered by WKU. USC LB target Bryce Steele was offered by Texas. He has had USC and UNC as his top two with an announcement date of April 9. USC is in the top 8 with RB AJ Green of Tulsa, Okla. The others are Oklahoma, LSU, Michigan, Baylor, Texas Tech, Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
  12. In a very unexpected move today, Notre Dame's Hall of Fame women's basketball head coach Muffet McGraw announced her retirement from coaching. Assistant Coach Niele Ivey is expected to replace McGraw as head coach. McGraw was one of the "Golden Era" head coaches of women's collegiate basketball, along with Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, Leon Barmore, Vivian Stringer, and Geno Auriemma. McGraw led the Fighting Irish to two NCAA National Championships in 2001 and 2018, five runner-up finishes, and two other Final Four appearances. She had a career 936-292 record as head coach, stopping just shy of becoming only the 7th coach all time in women's collegiate basketball, to record 1,000 career wins. This past season, Notre Dame experienced an unusual season of struggle, finishing only 13-18 and assured of missing the NCAAT for the first time since the 1994-95 season - a run of 24 seasons - after reaching the championship game against Baylor the season before. A perfect storm of multiple graduations of top players from the season before, as well as a couple of transfers and a couple of injuries left the roster very thin and inexperienced. McGraw's frustrations and emotions got the best of her during post-game pressers, which told how stressful the season was on her. But the Irish was expected to rebound next season, with several talented players returning from last season, as well as a strong incoming 2020 class that featured four 5*-rated prospects. But McGraw decided to hang it up....
  13. He looks like a really good one - sounds like he had a possible health issue that turned out benign - not the case of any broken bones or tendon injuries - that shut his HS season down last season, otherwise he may be higher rated or better known in the recruiting community. One thing to watch for however, if now that it turns out that he's healthy and cleared moving forward, if other programs will turn up the recruiting heat on him. So hopefully we are able to hang onto him to the end, but we'll see. Still a strong addition to the class.....
  14. Yep, everything I was able to find, we weren't even mentioned as an option. And I don't think we impressed him much the first time around when we recruited him, if we did all that much. Maybe he didn't want to be looked as following in his older sister's footsteps, but I wasn't putting up much hope for him. It would've been nice to get him, though....
  15. In what is most certainly the biggest sports news to hit women's college basketball since the NCAA pulled the plug on the post-season, Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer has decided to leave Starkville after 8 seasons and accept the head coaching post at the University of Texas. Schaefer will replace former Longhorns head coach Karen Aston, who was let go this past week. It's pretty big news for WCBB in the SEC, as Schaefer was setting up to be the chief rival for South Carolina and Gamecocks' head coach Dawn Staley. Schaefer had brought in some quality talent to the Bulldogs' roster, including top-10 2019 prep prospect F Rickea Jackson and 5* PG Aliyah Matharu who both shined in their debut season in college. South Carolina beat Mississippi State 76-62 in the championship game of the 2020 SEC Tournament in what would be the final game of the season for both teams, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Schaefer, a Texas native, graduated from Texas A&M and spent nine years as associate head coach there under coach Gary Blair. He was a member of the Aggies' staff when they won the national championship in 2011. He took over as head coach of Mississippi State in 2012 and led the Bulldogs to the national championship game in 2017 and 2018 losing both times, once to South Carolina. Schaefer was 221-62 while at Mississippi State, and 89-39 in SEC games. This is a sizable shake-up in the SEC - Schaefer had built up Mississippi State to become a major conference rival for South Carolina, and the program was poised under Schaefer to continue as such for the foreseeable future. Schaefer however did seem to struggle in overcoming South Carolina's and head coach Dawn Staley's dominance in the conference: the Bulldogs had won only 3 of 15 games against the Gamecocks under Schaefer, including 4 SEC tournament championship games in 5 seasons, in addition to the 2017 national championship game. Now Schaefer moves on to the Big-12 Conference, where the power of that conference is Texas' bitter rival Baylor and Kim Mulkey. Karen Aston was terminated despite having substantial success as head coach, with strong recruiting and a overall 184-83 record in Austin, TX. What did Aston in however was her 1-18 record versus Baylor, something Schaefer will need to correct quickly if he wants his time at Texas to be fruitful. https://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28997584/texas-hires-mississippi-state-vic-schaefer-new-head-coach

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