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  1. Tuesday Night Recruiting updates pre-signing day December 18, 2018 Per his coach this afternoon, WR/CB Jashawn Sheffield of St. Simon’s Island, GA, at this point, will not sign until February. He’s been committed to Auburn but is concerned about Malzahn’s status, USC and Florida State have moved in hard on him. USC commitment QB Ryan Hilinski will sign Wednesday morning between 10-11 AM Eastern Time. He will sign at his home. Roswell, GA coach Matt Kemper said LB Tyron Hopper is set to sign at 8:00 AM tomorrow and to his knowledge it still looks like Florida for him. USC has been trying to turn him.
  2. Signing day schedule: When South Carolina commits plan to sign this week December 18, 2018 Wednesday promises to be a big one for South Carolina football and coach Will Muschamp. Here’s a running list of the Gamecocks commits and when they plan to hold ceremonies this week. (These times can vary from when they actually send in their paperwork to the school.) All times Eastern: Monday, Dec. 17 LB Derek Boykins, has a ceremony at his school (Early enrollee) Wednesday, Dec. 19 CB John Dixon, 8 a.m. (target) DE Zacch Pickens 9:30 a.m. (Early enrollee) OT Jaylen Nichols 10 a.m. (Early enrollee) WR Keveon Mullins 10 a.m. OL Mark Fox school’s ceremony is at 10 a.m. TE Keshawn Toney 11 a.m. (Early enrollee) DE Joseph Anderson 1:30 p.m. (Early enrollee) TE Traevon Kenion 2:30 p.m. (Early enrollee) RB Kevin Harris 3:45 p.m. (Early enrollee) QB Ryan Hilinski 5:30 p.m. on CBSSN (Early enrollee) LB Jahmar Brown, no ceremony OL Vincent Murphy, school does not have a ceremony DB Cam Smith, no ceremony (Early enrollee) DL Devontae Davis: As a junior college player, moves in on campus Tuesday Thursday, Dec. 20 DE Rodricus Fitten 10 a.m. RB Eric Grey 1 p.m. EST (target) Not signing early DL Jahkeem Green
  3. Gamecocks offered 2020 CB Deidrick Stanley of Hollywood, FL. December 18, 2018 Gamecocks offered 2020 CB Deidrick Stanley of Hollywood, FL. Some other reported offer are Ole Miss, Pitt, Louisville, Kentucky, and Colorado State.
  4. CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA he will not sign Wednesday December 18, 2018 CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA tells us tonight he will not sign Wednesday. In fact, he said he won’t be signing an NLI at all. He plans to announce January 5th at the Army AA Game and enroll at that school next week. Finalists are USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Southern Cal.
  5. South Carolina in position to finish strong with final recruiting targets December 17, 2018 Entering the week of college football’s early signing day, South Carolina sits at 17 commitments and six more spaces the Gamecocks can fill. With those spots, the team still needs to add to the defensive backfield and the offensive line, and Will Muschamp has said he won’t say no to a good defensive lineman. Here are some of the early signing day targets still in play the Gamecocks are looking at: ▪ Jakai Moore, OL, Nokesville, Va.: A big body at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds, he’d get the Gamecocks close to what they need for the class. Picking between South Carolina and Penn State at 3 p.m. Monday. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 54 percent to Penn State, 46 to South Carolina. UPDATE: Moore picked the Gamecocks. ▪ John Dixon, DB, Tampa, Fla.: Visited Miami and West Virginia down the stretch, but also had good things to say about Gamecocks coaches. Picking between South Carolina, Miami and others at 8 a.m. Wednesday. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 89 percent to South Carolina, 11 to Florida. ▪ Chris Steele, CB, Bellflower, Calif.: He decommitted from Southern Cal and is believed to be deciding between the Gamecocks and Florida. He will make his choice this week and not announce until Jan. 5. Picking between: South Carolina, Florida, Southern Cal, Oregon and Oklahoma. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 42 percent to Southern Cal, 38 percent to Florida, 15 percent undecided, 5 percent to Oregon. ▪ Eric Gray, RB, Memphis, Tenn.: The three-time Mr. Football made a late visit to Columbia and at one point was committed to Michigan. Picking between Tennessee and several others, including South Carolina, at noon on Thursday. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 94 percent to Tennessee. Flip targets ▪ Tyron Hopper, LB, Roswell, Ga.: Currently a Florida commit who has publicly said he’s “1,000 percent” with the Gators. There are some rumblings things aren’t completely wrapped up for the former Gaffney resident. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 100 percent Florida. ▪ Matthew Bedford, OL, Memphis Tenn.: Currently an Indiana commit, the Gamecocks have been after the 6-foot-5, 260 pounder hard to shore up the the offensive front. While being committed to the Hoosiers, is reportedly considering Mississippi State and South Carolina and will enroll early. 247Sports Crystal Ball says: 83 percent to South Carolina, 17 percent Indiana.
  6. Jakai Moore 3 star offensive lineman Jakai Moore commitment to South Carolina December 17, 2018 Rivals bio247sports bioRivals star ranking 247sports star ranking Signing week got off on the right foot for Will Muschamp and USC Monday afternoon with OL Jakai Moore 6'5" 293lbs of Nokesville, VA announced he will sign Wednesday with the Gamecocks. He chose USC over Penn State. Some of his other offers were Clemson, Maryland, Louisville, Rutgers, Florida, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Pitt. “We don’t want you, we need you and I can come in ans start early,” Moore said was the message he got from Muschamp and offensive line coach Eric Wolford during the recruiting process. “When I talked to them, the first thing they told me is they are going to take care of me and my mom. They didn’t leave my mom out of anything. My mom is coming down there with me.” Moore is a talented offensive line and overall athlete who also is a standout on the Patriot High School basketball team. The offensive line was a major area of need in this recruiting class for South Carolina and the Gamecocks seem to have addressed the issue now that Jakai Moore has announced his commitment. The Nokesville (Va.) Patriot offensive lineman breaks down his commitment to South Carolina. needs offensive linemen to block for him and I think I can do that,” Moore said. “With the Gamecocks, you can start as a young player and I think I can do that. Coming in as a freshman I think I have a great chance of starting. “Coach Wolford is one of the best coaches around and he’s put a lot of guys in the NFL,” he said. “I’m very confident him. “A lot of the players helped recruit me too,” said Moore. “I feel very comfortable with them.” “I think he’s going to be a left tackle,” said Moore’s coach Brud Bicknell. “He’s very long and a natural lefthander. He’s kind of a freak athlete for somebody 300 pounds. He has the ability to finish and fight that not all big guys have. He’s very raw at this point. He does understand driving his feet after contact and he loves to pancake people. And he has a great extension and jab on pass protection. He hits a guy and they buckle to their knees.” Moore gives the Gamecocks four offensive linemen in the 2019 class which now numbers 20 including three previous signees who will count in the class. REACTION Moore brings additional talent to a South Carolina offensive line that needs to reload. He is just the third offensive lineman to join this Gamecock recruiting class and South Carolina pulled out all the stops to make sure he chose them over Penn State. Moore has a ton of athletic potential and plays with the aggressiveness you look for but is still technically raw.
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    Monday updates DECEMBER 17, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Mullins ATH Xavier Legette will be watching closely this week as the pieces fall into place for USC’s class. If the Gamecocks miss on some targets, it’s possible he could sign this week. Will Muschamp likes Legette as a receiver but because of limited space wants him to wait and enroll in August so he would count in the 2020 class. But if the space is there, Legette said he’d love to sign with the Gamecocks now. “It would make real happy because my family would get to see me play. Most of my family wouldn’t be able to come to Tennessee if I was able to go there.” Legette has an offer from Tennessee that’s for the 2019 class. He also has East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Tennessee and has taken an official visit to Coastal. Legette played quarterback this season and rushed for 1826 yards and 19 touchdowns and passed for 887 yards and 14 touchdowns. USC target CB Johnny Dixon of Tampa will sign Wednesday at 8:00 AM. It’s USC or Miami for him. USC target RB Eric Gray of Memphis will not sign until Thursday. He visited Tennessee over the weekend. 2020 SAF Daejuan Gibson of Murfreesboro, TN was recently offered by USC. “I was happy to get the offer from South Carolina when Coach Muschamp and Coach Bentley came by my school. The coaches said they couldn’t wait to get me on campus and I am looking forward to visiting. They like my size and athleticism at the DB position. They seem to be pretty good coaches. People I look forward to building a relationship with.” Gibson also has an offer from Tulane. USC was the first to offer 2020 WR Da’Quon Stewart of Huntersville, NC. “When they offered I was just very excited because it was the first one. I was screaming to the top of my lungs saying lets gooooooo. I like that the Gamecocks love to compete and they are always going to play hard no matter who they are playing. They are in one of the best conferences in the NCAA. I love there fans because they are always going to show support and they keep the place rocking. Coach told me he likes how I attack the ball at the highest point , I have great second level speed he said I’m a fast receiver and I’m capable of doing some big things on the college level.” USC offered 2022 DL Alton Tarber of Deefield Beach, FL according to Sleeper Athletes.
  8. A Gamecock signing week preview DECEMBER 17, 2018 Jakai Moore will announce Monday There is plenty of drama ahead for USC fans this week with the arrival of the three day early signing period commencing Wednesday. Here’s a look at the major stories heading into Signing Day. It starts Monday for the Gamecocks with the announcement by OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA for either USC or Penn State. Will Muschamp got the final in person visit Friday night. James Franklin and company made their visit on Thursday. His announcement time is set for 3:00 PM. The Gamecocks are also going to the wire this week with prospects who have remained committed to other schools but have been willing to meet with their coaches and keep the door open. Those include Florida commitment LB Tyron Hopper of Roswell, GA, Auburn commitment WR Jashawn Sheffield of St. Simon’s Island, GA. The Gamecocks apparently were not able to turn CB Jaydon Hill of Madison, AL from his commitment to Florida despite strong effort to do so. He remains publicly committed to the Gators. USC will have to wait on a major target who will sign this week but not announce until the Army All American Game January 5th. For the Gamecocks that’s CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. Steele has USC, Florida, Oregon, Oklahoma and Southern Cal as his final five. USC RB target Eric Gray of Memphis took an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. He took an official visit with the Gamecocks earlier this month and Will Muschamp was in for a follow up visit last week. Those were his only two official visits since he just recently decommitted from Michigan. He plans to sign Thursday. USC should be in good shape this week with CB Johnny Dixon of Tampa. He has been strongly favoring the Gamecocks though he took a recent official visit to Miami. He plans to sign Wednesday at 8:00 AM.
  9. Door might still be open for Gamecocks to flip blue-chip Florida linebacker commit December 15, 2018 According to the coach Roswell, Ga., linebacker Tyron Hopper, though he’s committed to Florida and hasn’t told him anything different, there is some sense of uncertainty about his decision at this point. USC has been working him trying to turn him. The former Gaffney (S.C.) player has been a versitile player the past three seasons. He was a corner as a sophomore, a pass-rushing linebacker as a junior and played some safety as a senior. This season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder made 86 tackles, six for loss, picked off five passes, returned two for scores, and forced one fumble.
  10. Gamecock commit Zacch Pickens named SC’s Mr. Football December 15, 2018 Zacch Pickens made it a clean sweep of the top high school football awards. The T.L. Hanna defensive lineman and South Carolina commit was named the state’s Mr. Football on Saturday. He is the first defensive player to win the award since former Gamecock and current Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney did it in 2010. Pickens previously won SC’s Gatorade Player of the Year and was named the state’s top lineman by the SC Football Coaches Association. He is the 10th future Gamecock to win Mr. Football and second in a row with Dakereon Joyner winning it last year. The five-star prospect finished the season with 87 tackles, 15 for loss, six sacks and returned an interception for touchdown in the Class 5A state championship against Dutch Fork. It was T.L. Hanna’s first championship appearance since 1974. Pickens also led the Yellow Jackets in rushing with 889 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. He wrapped up his high school career Saturday in SC by playing in the Shrine Bowl and will play in the Under Armour All-Star game Jan. 5 in Orlando, Fla. Pickens will sign with South Carolina on Wednesday and enroll in January. Other finalists were Summerville’s Jonathan Bennett, West Florence running back Ailym Ford, Wren quarterback Tyrell Jackson and Chester offensive lineman Wyatt Tunall.
  11. Saturday morning recruiting report December 15, 2018 According to the coach LB Tyron Hopper of Roswell, GA, though he’s committed to Florida and hasn’t told him anything different, there is some sense of uncertainty about his decision at this point. USC has been working him trying to turn him. GamecockCentral reported Gamecock coaches were in on Thursday to see WR Jashawn Sheffield of St. Simon’s Island, GA. He has been committed to Auburn and the Gamecocks have been trying to turn him. USC coaches Will Muschamp and OL coach Eric Wolford are in Nokesville, VA tonight for the final in person visit with OL Jakia Moore. Moore’s coach said the Gamecock coaches arrived this afternoon and spent time with Moore’s mother. They will be at his basketball game tonight and will meet with him following that. Coach Brud Bicknell said James Franklin and his entire offensive staff, plus a couple of other coaches who stopped by, were in yesterday for their final visit. Moore will announce Monday at 3:00 PM at the school. USC target CB Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX is taking an official visit to Colorado State this weekend. He also has taken an official visit to USC and he plans to take one to Tennessee in January
  12. A 6-foot-5 receiver who planned to walk-on at Kentucky flips to South Carolina December 14, 2018 According to his father, Milton, Ga. wide receiver Micah White (6-foot-5, 190 pounds) is decommitting from Kentucky and plans to accept a preferred walk-on offer from South Carolina. The family used to live in Columbia and Bryan McClendon recently reached out to White with the offer. White is a strong student with Harvard and Columbia interest as well, plus Pitt has been in touch. He can also play corner. He fractured a wrist this season and missed five games returning for the last two weeks of the playoffs. He had 21 receptions this season.
  13. Friday's Gamecock recruiting news December 14, 2018 The coach of OL Will Putnam of Tampa said Thursday night there’s a good chance a decision will come down Friday. Clemson, Florida State and Auburn are the finalists. Florida State recruiters visited Thursday. Penn State coach James Franklin made his in home visit with OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA Thursday night. USC coach Will Muschamp will be at the school Friday, attend Moore’s basketball game Friday night and then meet with him and his mom afterwards. Moore is announcing Monday at 3:00 PM. USC target CB Shilo Sanders of Cedar Hill, TX is scheduled for an official visit to Colorado State this weekend. 2020 WR Da’Quon Stewart (6-2 194) of Huntersville, NC was offered by USC, his first offer. He took his official visit to USC in October. He plans to visit Tennessee in January.
  14. Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback at Washington State, killed himself in January and was posthumously diagnosed with C.T.E. His brother is a star recruit at the same position. It’s raw and complicated.
  15. Gamecocks will get visit from blue chip defensive lineman, along with Penn State, Alabama December 13, 2018 South Carolina defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson visited defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., last week. Sorrells is not signing until February. He has visited USC unofficially and he plans to visit USC, Penn State and Alabama in January. The Gamecocks visit probably will be Jan. 18. This season, he had 36 tackles, eight for loss, with two sacks, one interception and one fumble forced.
  16. South Carolina QB commit Luke Doty grew into cool, calm, in-command passer. Here’s how December 13, 2018 THE STATE A season ago, Luke Doty might not have been able to lead his Myrtle Beach High School football team back as he did this past Friday, showing command in the face of a challenge. The Class of 2020 South Carolina quarterback commit wasn’t even full-time at that position back then. He played some QB, some wide receiver, even a little defense. When the senior ahead of him graduated, the job was his. But that didn’t mean he had all that he needed. Everything that happened this season for Doty — the prolific numbers, the comfort in a high-powered offense, making good in a state title game — that all began in the summer, when he made himself a constant guest of offensive coordinator Wes Streater. “I used to go over to Streater’s house almost every day during the summer,” Doty said. “I almost lived over there. He just sat down with me and really took me through everything, just made sure that I knew the offense just as good or better than they did.” That command showed in the state title game at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium against Greer. The start wasn’t ideal, with 83 yards on the first five drives for an anemic 3.6 yards a play with a pair of sacks that helped snuff out possessions. Then came the drives in rapid succession. Seventy-two yards for a touchdown, then 54, 24 off an interception and finally an 11-play, 70-yard march to put the nail in the coffin. At the center was Doty, fully in command and slinging it around. At game’s start, he was in a deep shotgun set, and still the strong Yellow Jackets line was getting after him. By the end, he was in control. “You could see that composure set in,” Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said, “which has really kind of taken shape in the last three or four ballgames. He just did a great job of distributing the ball and then taking off when he needed to. He’s a special young man.” This from a player who threw five touchdowns and seven interceptions a year ago. In his sophomore season, he produced an interesting all-around line — 703 passing yards, 250 rushing yards, 35 receptions for 391 yards. By the end of his junior season, he’d thrown for 3,037 yards with 36 touchdowns, completing 71.6 percent of his passes. He added 701 yards and seven scores on the ground, including 200-plus yards while upending powerful Hartsville in the Lower State final. His sophomore numbers were those of a player who goes to college as a developmental quarterback or position change candidate. What he did this year, after committing to USC just before the season started, makes him look like a much more formed passer, a dual-threat option on the next level. “I was in a pretty unique position last year,” Doty said. “I was able to play a lot of different positions, wide receiver, quarterback, even some defense at some points. “To come back this year and have control over the offense, have full command over it. It was definitely a learning experience for me through the season. There were ups, there were downs. But I tried to stay level through them all.” On Friday, he had Gamecock coaches watching him in Will Muschamp, QB coach Dan Werner and running backs coach Bobby Bentley. Before the game, the message was to go out there and have fun. While he didn’t take too much note of the coaches during the game, his coach, Wilson said the team got back to having fun during its comeback. He and his team came through a lot, games canceled by hurricanes, a season interrupted. But he grew into a student of the game, in his coach’s words. He’s got one more year of high school, but he got to end this one in the locker room he’ll occupy in college, granted with a different cast. “There’s nothing like it,” Doty said after winning state. “I’ve been in there countless times. Just to come in there with my guys, the guys I’ve been with since this time last year, to be back here in this environment and this stadium, to get a win like this, it means a lot to us.”
  17. Gamecocks QB commit jumps more than 60 spots in Rivals rankings, local lineman up 35 December 13, 2018 After successful junior season, Myrtle Beach quarterback and South Carolina commit Luke Doty made a splash in the latest Class of 2020 Rivals 250 rankings released Wednesday. Doty moved up to No. 182 in the rankings and is the fourth-ranked prospect in the state. In his first year as a starting quarterback, he helped Myrtle Beach to the Class 4A title last week at Williams-Brice Stadium. The junior finished with 3,037 yards passing, 36 touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 701 yards and seven scores. Doty is the only USC commit in the rankings but two Hammond players are part of the list. Defensive end Jordan Burch is ranked as No. 32 ranked prospect in the country and top prospect in SC. Alex Huntley moves into the top 250 at No. 237. The two player helped Hammond to its second straight SCISA 3A title. Burch had 62 tackles on defense and team-best 10 sacks and also rushed for 680 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught four TD passes. Huntley, a defensive tackle, had 48 tackles including a team-high 18 for loss. Both Huntley and Burch are being recruited by South Carolina and have other several other Power 5 offers.
  18. Thursday morning Recruiting news December 13, 2018 USC defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson visited DL Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, FL last week. Sorrells is not signing until February. He has visited USC unofficially and he plans to visit USC, Penn State and Alabama in January. The USC visit probably will be January 18th. Florida coaches were in to see CB Chris Steele Wednesday night. That’s the last in home visit for Steele who plans to sign next week but not announce the choice until January 5th. USC, Oregon, Oklahoma and Southern Cal are the others he’s considering. USC offered 2020 SAF Dajeun Gibson of Murfreesboro, TN. He also has an offer from Tulane. USC offered 2022 DT Horace Lockett of Atlanta. 2020 WR Porter Rooks of Charlotte committed to NC State. He had a USC offer and drew interest from Clemson where his brother was once on the basketball team.
  19. What Gamecocks coaches are telling Ryan Hilinski about plans for him, offensive tweaks December 12, 2018 It’s an odd scene: Breakfast with South Carolina coaches Will Muschamp, Bryan McClendon and Dan Werner in a serene corner of California. But that was life early this week for Gamecocks quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski. “It’s always good when you get to see the three most important coaches in your future and you go to breakfast with them,” Hilinski said in an interview with SportsTalk on Monday. Hilinski is a week away from signing, which he’ll do at the World Bowl all-star game in Mexico City. His family has already moved out of the house he grew up in and will move into a house in the Columbia area in early January. While meeting with the coaches, one obvious topic quickly came up. “We just talked about some of the pieces that we’re missing in this recruiting class,” Hilinski said “A couple DBs, a couple linemen. There was a lot of football talk and a lot of stories, of course.” Hilinski has been committed since April. He’s received interest from a slew of top schools but stayed with his USC pledge and has been a vocal proponent of the school, especially on social media and especially in recruiting. The staff also came bearing something to help get Hilinski through the next few weeks before he officially joins the team. “Coach Werner also brought a basic install of the playbook,” Hilinski said. “So I’ve got like 100 pages downstairs that I’m going to be studying for the next week, two weeks before I actually enroll. And coach B-Mac, we just talked about some stuff that he’s going to change in the offense in the near future.” USC’s current offense is a high-paced spread that relies more on the pass than run and heavily on the run-pass option game. Hilinski’s arrival will give USC a range of quarterback styles, and that could mean some tweaks. Incumbent starter Jake Bentley is mobile enough to be a solid but not that dynamic run threat. Backups Jay Urich and Dakereon Joyner are pure dual-threat guys, while Hilinski is still working to improve as a run threat. Last season, Hilinski threw for 2,771 yards and 29 scores, but only carried the ball five times for 12 yards. He said he’s spent the offseason focused on improving his mobility and agility, working every day on his speed.
  20. Ryan Hilinski’s goal: Be the last voice in Chris Steele’s ear before he signs December 12, 2018 When South Carolina quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski has the likes of Will Muschamp, Dan Werner and Bryan McClendon over for breakfast, what’s a big topic of conversation? The South Carolina football team’s recruiting plans, that’s what. A big part of that: Chris Steele. When the USC coaches saw Hilinski on Monday morning, Will Muschamp had already done his in-home visit with Steele. There wasn’t much social media presence from the visit, but Hilinski, a player already set for the Southern California to South Carolina transition, plays a key role in South Carolina’s pursuit. On Tuesday night, Steele named South Carolina, Southern Cal, Florida, Oregon and Oklahoma as his top five. And Hilinski has got one card he’s hoping to play. “It’s between us and Florida,” Hilinski said in an interview with SportsTalk. “It’s just what Chris really wants out of his college experience. And I know Florida is going to be there on Wednesday for an in-home visit. I’ll be working out, doing runs with Chris Steele Thursday. So I’m going to get a little bit of the rundown on how he feels. “Hopefully I’ll be the last one in his ear before he signs.” He said they’re also trying to turn Florida commit Jaydon Hill, despite the fact that publicly Hill has made statements he’s 100 percent Gators. Steele, the No. 40 prospect in the country, committed to Southern Cal in July and decommitted in August. For the season, Steele is listed as having 32 tackles, one interception, 11 pass breakups and a pair of blocked kicks for one of the top teams in the county. His Don Bosco squad lost to Mater Dei to end the season, a powerhouse it had beaten earlier this season. He would be a big get for a Gamecocks squad with only one committed defensive back (Cam Smith). He plans to make his choice by Dec. 19, the start of the early signing period, but not reveal it until early January. Hilinski will be on him until then. He downloaded his intel from Muschamp after their meeting and now feels ready for the final push. “It was good to get a little rundown of how it felt,” Hilinski said.
  21. USC Gamecocks & Penn State to get final visits with OL Jakai Moore this week DECEMBER 12, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT Link: sportstalk Jakai Moore Nokesville, VA Patriot coach Brud Bicknell said Tuesday his star OL Jakai Moore is down to USC and Penn State. Clemson also was recruiting him and wanted him to visit this weekend but Moore has a basketball game he can’t miss and Clemson didn’t want a 24 hour visit, so that’s off. His coach said he will move on with the Gamecocks and Nittany Lions as his finalists. According to Bicknell, Penn State head coach James Franklin will be in to see Moore on Thursday and USC head coach Will Muschamp will get the final in person visit Friday. Muschamp and his party will have to work around Moore’s basketball game. The rules prevent they from talking to him prior to it. “They like to make a splash and be seen at the school,” Bicknell said. “I know that Coach Muschamp and Coach Wolf (Eric Wolford), I believe their plans are to meet his mom and sit with mom during the basketball game and then talk with him after the game. They also are planning to be in school that day. And Penn State is going to do the same but they don’t have a basketball game to deal with. They are going to come to school and have lunch and then they are going to do the home visit that night.” Moore took an official visit to Penn State last weekend. He visited USC officially back in April. He also visited both unofficially during the season. “He’s hearing very similar things from both South Carolina and Penn State in terms of the love and how he can fit in and potentially play early,” Bicknell said. “All the good things and they are both making the final push.” The plan is, according to Bicknell, for Moore to announce his decision on Signing Day next Wednesday. And the plan is to keep that information under wraps until then. “He wants it to be a surprise on Wednesday. I would imagine it would be early but the logistics of that from what I understand have not been ironed out.” As for his sense on a leader at this point? No idea at all,” Bicknell said. “His mom drives a bus in our school system and stops by from time to time and she’s even harder to read. She’s loving the love they are sending her way.”
  22. Updates on WR Keveon Mullins and RB Eric Gray December 12, 2018 USC coach Will Muschamp and three assistants visited Tuesday with committed receiver Keveon Mullins of Memphis. While in that city, Muschamp also was expected to visit RB Eric Gray who visited last weekend. He will visit Tennessee this weekend.
  23. CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA named a top five Tuesday December 12, 2018 CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA named a top five Tuesday to 247Sports of USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Southern Cal. The Gamecocks and Gators are perceived by some recruiting followers as the favorites though he’s not publicly stated that. Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and assistants were in on Tuesday night and Florida assistants are due back in Wednesday. USC coaches visited with him Sunday. He will sign next week but won’t announce until the US Army All American Game January 5th.
  24. Former WR Tyquan Johnson South Carolina signee expected to be part of 2019 class December 11, 2018 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} 3 star Wide receiver Tyquan Johnson 6'3" 195lbs had to take a detour to joining South Carolina football. But the lanky Georgia product is expected to finally join the Gamecocks soon enough. His coach at Screven County High School, Ron Duncan, said he is good to go academically and as far as Duncan knows will enroll in January after spending the fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Academics forced Johnson to take the prep school route. Johnson, a December signee last year, will count against South Carolina’s 25 2019 signees. They currently have 16 commits for 22 spots, accounting for Johnson and two transfers, as well as the recent news that Northwestern wide receiver Jamario Holley was dropped from the class. For the season, Johnson had 12 catches, 157 yards and two touchdowns for a 9-0 team at Fork Union, working in a loaded receiving group. “He’s a hard-working, diligent kid,” Fork Union coach John Shuman said, adding Johnson was headed to Columbia in the spring. “Performed admirably for our postgraduate team.” In high school, Johnson was a deep threat for a series of successful option teams in Georgia. As a high school senior, he caught 32 passes for 661 yards and 10 scores. Nearly two in five of his 94 career high school catches went for touchdowns. He was the No. 641 player in his class by the 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 100 receiver. He’ll join a group that has a range of options but is losing one big piece. South Carolina will be without Deebo Samuel next season, but will have Shi Smith and OrTre Smith, plus second-year pass catcher Josh Vann, Chad Terrell, Chavis Dawkins and others. Junior Bryan Edwards would be a big piece to have back, but he faces an NFL decision. Johnson, who stands at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds and can jump 36 1/2 inches, will join a line of Gamecocks who came through Fork Union. “Jacob August who is a tight end there now, Jerell Adams, he fits the same mold as those guys,” Shuman said. “They came in with some rough edges. We smoothed them up, and they’re going back a little better people.”

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