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  1. DE Tonka Hemingway gives an update February 22, 2019,| Phil Kornblut Sports Updates It’s a wonder DE Tonka Hemingway of Conway can find any time to deal with his recruiting. He went right from football season to basketball season. And when his basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs this week, he stepped directly into baseball. He’s a first baseman and catcher. As for his recruiting activities, Hemingway said his most recent visit was to Wake Forest a couple of weeks ago. “It was a good experience,” Hemingway said. “They have a lot of good things to offer me. I like their facilities and all the new ones that are being built.” Hemingway said he doesn’t have anything else set for visits right now but he plans to see Duke and North Carolina at some point. He also plans to return to USC as soon as he can. USC remains in regular contact with Hemingway and Will Muschamp is encouraging him to come to Columbia and help in his building process. He’s also hearing from defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and new defensive line coach John Scott who he has not yet met. “They like me and they want me to come there. They want me to come the new facility that they got built,” he said. Clemson, Hemingway said, has not been in touch outside of some letters, but he said he does plan to get up there for a visit. He said Clemson coaches came thru his school in January and talked to his coaches. USC and Wake Forest are the two showing Hemingway the strongest interest at this point. He also has offers from Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Duke, Ole Miss, Louisville and others. Hemingway say he’s not seen enough of the schools to settle on favorites right now. “I’m just trying to visit the schools and get to know and find out what type of environment that I like.” He said he plans to make his commitment the week of his first game in August.
  2. Gamecock Friday morning recruiting news February 22, 2019 Gamecocks offered CB Clark Phillips of La Habra, CA. Clemson also has offered along with Georgia, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State, Tennessee, LSU, Oregon, Notre Dame, BYU and others. Gamecocks offered 2022 QB Gunner Stockton of Tiger, GA. Gamecock target LB De’Rickey Wright of Attallah, AL was offered by Notre Dame and LSU.
  3. Four-star wide receiver Mike Wyman to visit Columbia this weekend February 15, 2019 Four-star wide receiver Mike Wyman 6'4" 197lbs Greensboro (N.C.) will be in Columbia this weekend, which the possibility that the Gamecocks land a commit from the talented Wideout for the class of 2020.
  4. 4 star RB Tank Bigsby recaps latest USC visit #Gamecocks February 19, 2019, | Phil Kornblut Sports Updates RB Tank Bigsby of Hoganville, GA is a wanted man by USC. Head coach Will Muschamp and running backs coach Thomas Brown desperately want an elite back in the 2020 class and they are throwing the full force of their recruiting talents into wooing Bigsby and his family. Bigsby has visited USC more than any other school and the Gamecocks can only hope that kind of interest eventually will pay off in a commitment. Bigsby visited last season. He also was in for the junior day in late January. And Saturday he, his mother and his brother were back for a Saturday visit and overnight stay. They met with Muschamp and Brown first at the new football ops building and the made their way over to Colonial Life Arena for the basketball game. Bigsby said the visit didn’t uncover any new ground thru his conversations with the coaches. “The same thing really,” Bigsby said. “They just like my leadership and stuff like that. I feel like they are a good school, they have good coaches. The coaching staff is good.” The primary message Bigsby said he’s getting from Muschamp and Brown is come to USC and be that guy at running back who gets 25 carries and 150 yards per game. But, he said the Gamecocks aren’t alone in making that pitch. “Yes sir, a lot of people are doing that,” he said. Bigsby said he’s not visited any other schools but he will as he continues thru his process. “I’m doing my top five and the I’m going to do my decision after my officials,” Bigsby said. “A lot of schools are sticking out really but I haven’t visited anywhere, so I’ve got to go and visit and all that.” While he has not yet decided on his top five, Bigsby confirmed USC will be in that group when he releases it next month.
  5. Newly offered linebacker 4 star Antonio Dolle says Muschamp likes him a lot February 21, 2019 | Phil Kornblut Sports Updates Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking Antonio Doyle This week USC coach Will Muschamp offered 4 star LB Antonio Doyle 6'4" 221lbs of St. Louis and has been working him hard since then. Doyle is a highly recruited prospect and said he loves his home state and his home state school, Missouri, and thus will be hard to pull out of there. But he’s at least willing to listen to pitches from Muschamp and other coaches. Doyle said Muschamp and Gamecock linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler have been talking to him, and they offered without having seen him in person. “I’ve been kind of blowing up in the media,” Doyle said. “I got four offers in one day and that kind of sparked it up for me. So, I’m guessing they saw me in the media, hit my line, got my coaches number and let my coaches know they want me to be a part of the program. They will be coming to look at me.” Doyle can play inside and outside linebacker. He can even play a little on offense. Muschamp and Hutzler have not specified their plans for him and he’s OK with that. “They just want me to come play man,” he said. “I’m kind of versatile. I can do everything. I can play offense if they wanted me to play offense. It wouldn’t matter, they just want me there. Muschamp is a cool guy. He’s pretty straight forward as far as what he wants and he let me know he feels like I can help the program, I can make the program better and spark things back up on the defensive side.” The Gamecocks are new in the game with Doyle and he’s never visited. And he said he really doesn’t know all that much about the program. “All I know as far as South Carolina is Deebo (Samuel),” he said. “They call him Deebo, the wide receiver? That’s about as much as I know. Watching football, I focus on the star player and that’s the name that was ringing bells when I was watching, and he’s Antonio Brown.” USC isn’t the only SEC program making a play for Doyle. Missouri is heavily involved and he admitted it will be hard to convince him to leave home. “I love my city, I love my state,” Doyle said. “I have to, I have to. I say Missouri is showing some tough love and I’m liking those guys. Texas A&M, LSU. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher (A&M) has been contacting me ore than any head coach. . Coach (Barry) Odom (Missouri), has been keeping in contact and talking to me.” Doyle has visited Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue and Missouri. He plans to get to USC this summer and also is going to get to LSU and Texas A&M. He also has offers from Georgia, Auburn, Kansas State, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Michigan State and others.
  6. This freshman QB was coached by Connor Shaw’s dad. Now he has a Gamecocks offer February 20, 2019 The last time South Carolina got a scholarship quarterback coached by Lee Shaw, they got the most accomplished passer in school history in his son Connor. On Wednesday, the Gamecocks offered another Shaw pupil in Rabun County passer Gunner Stockton. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound dual-threat passer was a freshman starter for a 11-2 squad, Lee Shaw’s last before retirement. Stockton will still be in the hands of a Shaw, as Jaybo Shaw, Connor’s brother, is moving from offensive coordinator to the head job. Stockton claims offers from Colorado State, Georgia and Georgia Tech. As a freshman, he threw for 2,917 yards, 34 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was also his team’s second-leading rusher with 709 yards and 17 scores. USC has a few other quarterback offers out for the class of 2022, including Memphis freshman Tevin Carter, who was offered in eighth grade and Tennessee passer Ty Simpson, who was offered early in his first high school season. The Gamecocks have already enrolled four-star 2019 QB Ryan Hilinski and have a commitment from 2020 dual-threat passer Luke Doty. Connor Shaw didn’t play quarterback for his father until his junior season, playing receiver before that. He led Flowery Branch to a state final as a junior and state semifinal as a senior. Only a three-star prospect, he developed into a dual-threat playmaker, who posted a 27-5 record as a starter and had 24 touchdowns to one interception as a senior.
  7. Tuesday morning recruiting updates February 19, 2019 USC offered RB Jahmyr Gibbs (5-11 190) of Dalton, GA. Some of his other offers are Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Michigan, Texas A&M, Louisville and others. 2021 QB Christian Veilleux of Ontario, who has a USC offer, visited Virginia Tech Monday. According to Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated, Hammond DE Jordan Burch visited Alabama last Saturday. USC target OL Jazston Turnetine of Hutchinson JC, KS was offered by Missouri. 2021 WR Joshua Burrell of Blythewood was offered by West Virginia. Mauldin CB Andru Phillips was offered by Kansas. USC target WR Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, GA picked up an offer from Florida State.
  8. Monday morning recruiting updates February 18, 2019 USC Sunday offered DE Latarie Kinsler (6-3 195) of Pahokee, FL.. USC WR target Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, GA was offered by Alabama and Florida. He visited USC Friday. USC target RB Kobe Pryor of Cedartown, GA was offered by Georgia Tech. USC offered DL Warren Brinson (6-5 300) of IMG Academy. He’s a former Georgia commitment. USC offered 2021 DE Dylan Brooks (6-5 225) of Roanoke, AL. 2022 OL Jayden Johnson (6-4 300) of Goose Creek visited USC Saturday.
  9. Gamecocks go international with QB offer Class of 2021 QB Christian Veilleux February 17, 2019 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking N/A 247sports star ranking N/A Gamecocks have offered Class of 2021 QB Christian Veilleux 6'4" 190lbs of Ottawa, Ontario. He currently attends high school in Buffalo. “I was very excited when I received the offer,” Veilleux said. “I had a great talk with coach Werner and coach Muschamp. The first time I got in contact with South Carolina was around mid January. Coach Werner came down to my school to see me work out and throw in person, which he said he was very impressed with. They watched my film (Saturday) morning together and decided to offer me.” Veilleux is a pro-style quarterback who passed for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns last season. “He (Werner) said he likes my throwing ability and my fluid throwing motion,” Veilleux said. “He was also impressed with the power I can put on the ball.” Veilleux also holds offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Temple and others. USC is his first from the SEC and the Deep South. “I think they have a good program, and I really like the fact that they are an SEC team,” he said. “I’ve seen pictures of their facilities and I am very excited to get down for a practice.” Veilleux has taken visits this year to Michigan State and Indiana. He said it’s too early in the process for him to settle on any favorites.
  10. Gamecock Recruiting weekend ends and odds February 17, 2019 USC WR target Jaheim Bell of Valdosta, GA was offered by Alabama. USC target RB Kobe Pryor of Cedartown, GA was offered by Georgia Tech. USC offered DL Warren Brinson 6'5" 300lbs of IMG Academy. He’s a former Georgia commitment. USC offered 2021 DE Dylan Brooks 6'5" 225lbs of Roanoke, AL. 2022 OL Jayden Johnson 6'4" 300lbs of Goose Creek visited USC Saturday
  11. Gamecocks take close look at LB prospect Darryle Ware Phil Kornblut Sports Updates February 17, 2019 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking N/A 247sports star ranking N/A Fort Dorchester is, of course, one of the state's powerhouse programs and in 2019 one of the top Patriots will be LB Darryle Ware '62" 205lbs. His recruiting is just starting to take shape and his only offer thus far is from Coastal Carolina. But the Gamecocks are interested and Saturday Ware came in for a visit so Will Muschamp and the defensive staff could take a closer look. “We got to get up close and personal with the coaches the whole day,” Ware said. “That was one of the best parts because I felt like I was home. We toured the new facilities which were great. I can see that play a big role in recruiting players for a lot of those guys who pay attention to those type of things, but I try not to base any decisions on just facilities.” Ware also went over to the Colonial Life Arena for the basketball game and that just added to his enjoyment of the day. “The fans were hyped the whole game,” he said. “I remember laughing when one fan started to get really heated when the refs were making bad calls towards the end.” The Gamecocks are still in evaluation mode with Ware but he’s already feeling a relationship starting to build. “The coaches love me and my family,” Ware said. “They show nothing but love. Coach Muschamp told me that my final evaluation will be during the spring, so I’ve got to get ready now to show the boss how it’s done. The coaches love my size, length, speed, character, film and the things they look into for a player, but my final evaluation should be the spring he said.” Ware said he’s also visited Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina.
  12. 4 star WR Michael Wyman makes return visit to USC #Gamecocks Phil Kornblut Sports Updates February 17, 2019 Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking 4 star WR Michael Wyman 6'4" 197lbs of Greensboro, NC is a prime target for USC and Friday he was back on campus for another visit. Wyman also visited for the junior January 26th. The Gamecocks have been among his favorites and remain in a strong position with him following this visit. “Had a great visit,” Wyman said. “Definitely one of my top. My family got the opportunity to meet the coaches. We talked about life during, after football and academics.” Wyman also has visited North Carolina. His long list of offers also includes Penn State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU, Auburn, Southern Cal, Florida State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida, Duke, Michigan and Arkansas. Wyman has set an official visit to Oklahoma for April 12th. .auto-style1 { font-family: Verdana, Geneva, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: medium; }
  13. Jalen Coit WR Cheraw’s Coit loading up on offers February 15, 2019 Phil Kornblut Sports Updates One of the state’s hottest recruits this month has been Cheraw WR Jalen Coit 5'-11" 163lbs. This week alone he has added offers from Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. They joined other Power 5 offers from Duke, Kansas, Indiana, Purdue, Virginia, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. USC and Clemson, Coit said, have not showed much serious interest to this point. “To be honest with you, I haven’t heard anything,” Coit said. “Well, Clemson, I talked to them a couple of times and they’ve sent me stuff in the mail and send me stuff on Twitter about the school. South Carolina, I went down there for a couple of visits during the season, but as far as talking to them every day or even every week, haven’t really heard from them.” The Tennessee offer was delivered by one of the new Vols’ assistant coaches, Tee Martin. “That was a breaker, I ain’t going to lie to you,” Coit said. “Tee Martin calling, and I was in shock. He’s going to come down and see me in the spring. They watched my film, he said they only watched five plays and they were like, ‘we’ve got to offer this kid,” so, that was really good. They are really trying to recruit this state. They are trying to get kids to come out and really rep the orange. That’s a big deal, especially for them to recruit the state of South Carolina.” Along with Tennessee, Coit cited Duke, Penn State, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Liberty as others showing strong interest. He’s not yet prepared to cite a favorite. He’d like to make his commitment the first week of his senior season. “I’m just enjoying it right now, just taking everything in,” he said. “Just blessed to be in this position, honestly never thought I’d be here. Just glory to God. Just taking it day by day, no favorites right now.” Last season Coit said he had 54 catches for 825 yards and 13 touchdowns. And this season in basketball he averaged 18 points per game.
  14. FeatheredCock

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    Tank is definitely taking officials to UGA, Auburn, Alabama, and South Carolina. The fifth has not yet been decided. He’s looking at making a decision before his senior season so that he can focus on winning a state championship his senior year then graduating early. I hope the Gamecocks can land this kid, if they do Bentley/Thomas brown deserves a ton of praise.
  15. Mauldin corner has visited USC & will see Clemson Phil Kornblut Sports Updates February 14, 2019 .auto-style1 { font-size: small; } Andru Phillips CB Andru Phillips (6-1 176) of Mauldin visited USC earlier this month for a mini-junior day and feels the Gamecocks feel strongly about him. Not strong enough to offer yet but strong enough to have him high up on their board for 2020 corners. “I got to see the new facilities and they look great,” Phillips said. “And then got to talk to the coaches and they showed me around and told me how much they like me. Then, coach Muschamp brought me to his office and talked to me and my family, just telling me where we stand right now in recruiting. They said I’m an offer guy, they’ve just got to figure out what’s going on with the past class that just finished and then they’re going to see where I stand.” Last season Phillips had 50 tackles with 2 interceptions and 13 pass deflections. He said the Gamecocks like what they see of his coverage skills. “They like my feet and my hips and how I understand the game,” Phillips said. “I’m smart on the field and I run down hill and hit.” Phillips already has some major offers to consider but one from USC would give him a lot to think about. “If I got the opportunity, I would like it a lot,” he said. “Just because of what they’ve got going on, and playing SEC football. They are really stepping up their game and their program to be at the top of the SEC the next couple of years. That’s what I really like about it.” Phillips has offers from Virginia Tech, Kentucky, West Virginia, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Penn State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. He’s also hearing from Clemson and the Tigers are telling him some encouraging things. “They are showing me a lot of interest right now,” Phillips said. “They say I’m at the top of their board for my position and they are trying to get me up there around the coaches and everything. They talk to me and and tell me where I’m going to play and I feel like I will fit into their scheme well. And they are coming off a national championship and that’s real big. They’re playing top football.” Phillips also has visited Kentucky and Virginia Tech. He is going to Wake Forest next weekend, North Carolina the weekend after that, Clemson on March 9th and East Carolina March 23rd. And he plans to visit USC again for a spring practice. Phillips said he’d like to make his decision coming out of the spring or early in the summer.
  16. Thursday morning recruiting updates February 14, 2019 Tennessee offered Cheraw WR Jalen Coit. USC commitment OL Issiah Walker plans to visit Miami Saturday. USC target target DE Myles Murphy of Greensboro, NC was offered by Miami.
  17. Justin Robinson Georgia receiver has #Gamecocks among favorites February 13, 2019Phil Kornblut Sports Updates WR Justin Robinson (6-4 205) of McDonough, GA was offered last month by USC and the Gamecocks have moved up his list holding a share of the lead for him with Georgia and Virginia. Gamecock receivers coach Bryan McClendon has been leading the effort and Robinson has connected well with him. “Coach McClendon, I really like what he’s got going on down at South Carolina,” Robinson said. “Coach McClendon said he likes all the tools I’ve got. He said if I come there he’s going to coach me like I’m his own son. I really like that.” Last season Robinson had 750 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He said McClendon likes several aspects of his game. “He likes my speed, my ability to get the ball and my aggressiveness blocking wise,” Robinson said. He also has offers from Notre Dame, Boston College, Tennessee, Central Florida, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State and West Virginia. He has visited USC, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Georgia Tech and will be visiting Wake Forest this weekend. Next weekend he plans to visit Clemson and Notre Dame. Robinson doesn’t plan to make a decision until September or October and he will not be signing early.
  18. College Football Recruiting: Initial Top 25 Classes for 2020 February 12, 2019 Now that national signing day has passed, college programs across the country are already hard at work recruiting the next wave of high school football players. Although there's still a full year before the 2020 recruiting classes are finalized, some of the top prospects have already committed to play for certain programs. To no one's surprise, Nick Saban's Alabama staff has already landed commitments from a handful of big names, including one 5-star recruit. The rankings will change dramatically over the next 12 months, but with the 2019 class essentially wrapped up, let's take a look at the top 25 recruiting classes so far for the 2020 cycle. These rankings are based on the quantity and quality of the committed recruits and weigh the potential impact they could make given the current players at that position in their expected programs. 25. Oklahoma State Cowboys Class size: Three (one 4-star) Mike Gundy has already landed a 4-star offensive tackle, Eli Russ, for the 2020 class. Snagging an in-state recruit is always a win, but the Cowboys still have a long way to go before they can solidify this recruiting class. 24. Tennessee Volunteers Class size: Three (one 4-star) The Volunteers were one of the biggest winners of the 2019 recruiting cycle, with the highlight being they recruited not one, but two 5-star tackles in Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris. That's a huge win, but now the Volunteers are looking to find someone to play behind those tackles. Pro-style quarterback Harrison Bailey might be that guy in 2020. 23. Duke Blue Devils Class size: Three Now that Daniel Jones is heading to the NFL draft, the Blue Devils will need to find a new starting quarterback. Three-star QB Luca Diamont may not be a clear front-runner once he arrives, but he'll try to compete for a starting job during his college career. 22. Stanford Cardinal Class size: Two (one 5-star, one 4-star) It's only two recruits, but the Cardinal are off to a solid start with their 2020 class. Myles Hinton, a 5-star offensive tackle, is the second-ranked OT in the country. Wide receiver Bryce Farrell is also a promising name as a 4-star recruit. That's a solid start. 21. Mississippi State Bulldogs Class size: Three (three 4-stars) Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead helped lead the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record in his first season, but he knows he's got to build on that. Recruiting a bunch of explosive athleticism, including two designated athletes in Lideatrick Griffin and Javorrius Selmon, should help with that. 20. Northwestern Wildcats Class size: Four While Pat Fitzgerald's Wildcats may not have any 4- or 5-star recruits for 2020 yet, the program has still secured a handful of commits from some 3-star guys. Pro-style quarterback Aidan Atkinson is the top-ranked recruit so far and will hope that Northwestern doesn't find any other QB prospects so he can compete for a starting job one day. 19. Texas Longhorns Class size: Three (two 4-stars) Tom Herman has turned the Longhorns back into a Big 12 contender for the first time in what feels like ages. He had a knack for recruiting big names while at Houston and is continuing that trend at Texas. Dual-threat QB Hudson Card is a name to remember once Sam Ehlinger graduates after 2020. Card is attending the same high school (Lake Travis) that Baker Mayfield went to, so there's already a good amount of buzz surrounding him. 18. North Carolina Tar Heels Class size: Four (two 4-stars) North Carolina has been able to shake off the image of being a basketball-only school recently, and that's helped the program get solid recruits. It's still early, but the Tar Heels have already landed two 4-stars on defense in safety Cameron Roseman-Sinclair and linebacker Ethan West. 17. South Carolina Gamecocks Class size: Four (three 4-stars) The SEC keeps getting stronger, but that's made it harder for South Carolina to remain a legitimate conference contender on a yearly basis. The staff is already hard at work in trying to secure prospects for 2020, which has led to commitments from two 4-star offensive linemen and a 4-star quarterback in Luke Doty. 16. Auburn Tigers Class size: Four (two 4-stars) Auburn suffered a tough blow to its 2019 recruiting class when 5-star wide receiver George Pickens flipped his commitment from the Tigers to Georgia on signing day. They'll have to wait a year, but the Tigers will get another talented wide receiver next year in 4-star recruit Kobe Hudson. 15. Iowa Hawkeyes Class size: Five (one 4-star) There's not a whole lot to talk about with the Iowa recruiting class for 2020 yet. However, we can't stand by and ignore the fact that the Hawkeyes landed a commitment from a quarterback with a name as awesome as Deuce Hogan. The 6'4" Texas high school QB will have a good chance at starting for the Hawkeyes in the next few years. 14. Georgia Bulldogs Class size: Three (one 5-star, two 4-stars) Georgia fans shouldn't panic over this ranking, especially considering how impressive the Bulldogs' past couple of recruiting classes have been. In fact, they are already in pretty good shape, having snagged a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones. Trust the process. The Bulldogs will be near the top of this list by the time the next signing day comes along. 13. Penn State Nittany Lions Class size: Four (three 4-stars) The most memorable names out of Penn State the past couple of years (Saquon Barkley, Trace McSorley) have been on offense, but the 2020 class is focused on defense. The Nittany Lions have already landed commitments from two 4-star outside linebackers in Curtis Jacobs and Derek Wingo, which will make for an interesting competition between the two as freshmen. 12. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Class size: Four (three 4-stars) Brian Kelly has helped put Notre Dame back among college football's most prestigious programs. Next year's recruiting class should help keep that going. Pro-style quarterback Drew Pyne will be joined by a pair of tight ends in South Bend come 2020, with Michael Mayer and Kevin Bauman both set to play for the Irish next year, too. 11. Wisconsin Badgers Class size: Six (two 4-stars) Is anyone surprised that the Wisconsin Badgers have already gotten commitments from a pair of offensive tackles for next year? The program continues to churn out NFL-caliber O-linemen. It won't be shocking if Trey Wedig and Jack Nelson end up joining a long list of NFL linemen to come out of Madison. 10. Michigan Wolverines Class size: Six (three 4-stars) A Big Ten team that prides itself on a stingy defense is already working on acquiring more talent on that side of the ball. The Wolverines have secured commitments from two 4-star defenders in outside linebacker Osman Savage and cornerback Andre Seldon. 9. Florida State Seminoles Class size: Six (five 4-stars) Head coach Willie Taggart's time in Tallahassee hasn't gotten off to the best start, but some solid recruiting classes should help turn things around quickly. An interesting player to keep an eye on will be 4-star athlete Jadarius McKnight, who will have some time before he has to specialize at one college position. 8. Oklahoma Sooners Class size: Five (one 5-star, three 4-stars) As long as the NFL doesn't come calling for head coach Lincoln Riley, the Sooners will keep bringing in elite offensive talent. The 2020 class already features 5-star running back Jase McClellan, who could be remembered in Oklahoma history alongside running backs Adrian Peterson and DeMarco Murray. 7. Texas A&M Aggies Class size: Seven (one five-star, three 4-stars) Recruiting has never been a weakness for Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher. Landing a 5-star recruit a year in advance is proof of that. Wide receiver Demond Demas will still be considered one of the top commitments in the 2020 class by this time next year, which is huge for Texas A&M. Don't sleep on 6'3" cornerback Jaylon Jones, either. 6. Florida Gators Class size: Seven (six 4-stars) Keeping pace with all of the recruiting classes in the SEC is a near-impossible task. The Florida Gators haven't had that issue since head coach Dan Mullen arrived before the 2018 season. Playmaking ability is the highlight early on for the 2020 class, with wide receiver Leonard Manuel and athlete Keyvone Lee committing early. 5. Clemson Tigers Class size: Seven (seven 4-stars) It's wild to think that anyone who commits to play for the Clemson Tigers in the 2020 class will still get the opportunity to suit up alongside quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Despite already being a national champion, Lawrence won't be eligible for the NFL draft until after the 2020 season. That's great for Dabo Swinney and his staff, because it makes it an easy recruiting sell. And a few have already signed on for 2020. Two 4-star defensive tackles in Demonte Capehart and Tre Williams have made commitments to Clemson, likely hoping to be a dynamic duo in the trenches like Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence were the past couple of years. No quarterbacks have committed to play for Clemson in this class yet, but that could change as we get closer to the end of the recruiting cycle. An opportunity to learn behind Lawrence before having a chance to compete for the starting job at an elite program will be tempting for a lot of young men. 4. Miami Hurricanes Class size: Nine (seven 4-stars) A lot of changes have gone down for the Miami Hurricanes lately, but hopefully for the fans, that's a good thing. Although The U has yet to land a 5-star recruit for 2020, there's still plenty of time, and the Hurricanes have still secured commitments from a handful of talented high school players. The top player set to join the Hurricanes in 2020 is running back Don Chaney Jr. He's quickly started to make a name for himself in the Miami high school landscape, as you can see from all of the explosive plays in the video highlights above. Chaney isn't the only in-state recruit who already wants to be a Hurricane. Wide receiver Bryan Robinson and strong-side defensive end Samuel Anaele have also made their decisions to play for their hometown program. It's a great sign for Miami fans to see them securing a lot of talent from the area. That trend will likely continue as we get closer to next year's national signing day. 3. Ohio State Buckeyes Class size: Seven (one 5-star, five 4-stars) Putting together a solid recruiting class immediately after your head coach retires is no easy task, especially when that head coach is Urban Meyer. However, the Ohio State Buckeyes look like they'll be in great shape under new head coach Ryan Day. The 2019 class was modest by Ohio State's standards. But the good news is that Day's staff has gotten a nice head start on next year's recruiting cycle. The 2020 class is already highlighted by the country's top offensive tackle and top overall player in the state of Ohio, Paris Johnson Jr. He'll likely be a staple on the Buckeyes offensive line and make sure whoever is playing under center can throw from a clean pocket. That quarterback could be a fellow 2020 commit in pro-style signal-caller Jack Miller. He's a 6'4" QB out of Arizona who will likely get a chance to compete for the starting job once he arrives on campus. Add in a couple of 4-star wide receivers along with a 4-star center, and suddenly you have an exciting young offensive unit to keep an eye on. 2. LSU Tigers Class size: Nine (one 5-star, eight 4-stars) The LSU Tigers and Ed Orgeron put together a solid 2019 recruiting class, and they're already off to a great start for the 2020 cycle. The school that has produced elite NFL defensive backs such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu will get another talented one next year. The top-ranked cornerback and 5-star recruit Elias Ricks already committed to play for the Tigers. If there's a place that consistently develops talented corners and safeties, it's LSU—so that's a great snag. LSU has also landed a pair of talented wide receivers for 2020. Kayshon Boutte is the top recruit in the state of Louisiana for 2020, while Darin Turner is the second-best player out of Tennessee. That's already a formidable group, which LSU fans should be thrilled with. The Tigers offense is traditionally known for its run-heavy game, but Boutte and Turner might change that in a couple of seasons. 1. Alabama Crimson Tide Class size: 10 (one 5-star, seven 4-stars) No one should be surprised that the Alabama Crimson Tide are on pace to have the best recruiting class in the country once again in 2020. Saban's program has had the top-ranked class for eight of the past nine seasons, according to 247Sports. That's a ridiculous amount of talent, and it's because the team keeps playing for national titles and producing NFL players. Still a year away from finalized commitments, the Crimson Tide have already landed a 5-star recruit in weak-side defensive end Chris Braswell. He's a top-20 player in the class, and it's clear he wasn't looking to play near his hometown, Baltimore, since he had the chance to go to an elite program. A 5-star recruit and seven 4-star commitments is a great start for Saban, but there's still plenty of time for his staff to be on the recruiting trail. As long as they keep doing what they always do, we'll see the Tide snag the No. 1 recruiting class for a ridiculous ninth time in 10 years. All recruiting information provided by 247Sports.
  19. Gamecocks jump in 2019 team rankings on 247sports February 12, 2019 The 2019 South Carolina recruiting class jumped in the overall team rankings. On Tuesday morning, before 4-star safety Nick Cross flipped his commitment from Florida State to a signing with Maryland, South Carolina had the No. 18-ranked class in the country, according to the 247Sports composite. The Gamecocks are now No. 17. The Seminoles are 18th. READ ON 247SPORTS
  20. Lloyd enjoyed visits thru South Carolina & ClemsonFebruary 12, 2019 | Phil Kornblut Sports Updates USC & Clemson both are looking for that special running back in the 2020 class and one each is pursuing is Marshawn Lloyd (5-10 210) of Dematha Catholic in Hyattsville, MD. Lloyd visited Clemson the last weekend in January and USC the following weekend and came away with a positive feeling for each. At Clemson, Lloyd spent time with running backs coach Tony Elliott. He will lose Travis Etienne and Tavien Feaster after this season and may get only one more season out of Lyn-J Dixon. He made the playing opportunity point clear to Lloyd. “The coach told me he puts the best man on the field, the best man plays at all times, and I like to hear that,” Lloyd said. “I feel like Clemson was a great place for me. They call it the best and their technology there is amazing and really opened my eyes a lot.” And considering Clemson’s status as the reigning national champion, Lloyd said getting an offer from the Tigers means more. “Especially coming from a national championship, it’s very big to me,” he said. “An offer from a school like that that just came from a big time win, it’s big for me and it’s big for the school.” Lloyd also spent quality time in Columbia getting to know Will Muschamp’s program better and meeting up with new running backs coach Thomas Brown. “South Carolina was nice,” he said. “The coach is actually close friends with my running backs coach. I got to know him when he was at Miami. I know South Carolina is not too big on hype I don’t think. They’re telling me that basically the best man comes and they were telling me they would put me in the best position as possible.” Lloyd also has been to Georgia and Penn State, two more tradition laden programs. So, how much will Lloyd’s decision be influenced by the high level success of a program? “To me it doesn’t matter,” Lloyd said “I don’t care if they have the best tradition or they have the worst. I just want to go somewhere and make an impact wherever I go. Tradition doesn’t matter to me” He plans to take more visits with Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and Ohio State on his agenda. And he’s planning a return visit to Clemson and USC, possibly for one of their spring games. Lloyd said he won’t make a decision until late in the process and he will not sign early.
  21. Gamecocks offer freshman Running Back February 11, 2019 RB Terrance Gibbs 6'0" 204lbs 135 Carries 1503 yards 11.1 avg 21 Td 2 x 1st Team All Conference 1 x 1st Teamp All-Area 2 x Team MVP 1st Team Max Prep AA Selected to play in the Adidas Freshman AA game 8 Offers: UGA, UM, UF, USC, Nebraska, UCF, UAB, & FSU
  22. Columbia ties help USC with Georgia defensive tackle Feb. 11, 2019 | KornRecruit Rivals bio 247sports bio Rivals star ranking 247sports star ranking Marquis Black 3 star DT Marquis Black 6'5" 300lbs of McDonough, GA visited USC the first weekend of this month and the Gamecocks will be one of the programs he strongly considers moving forward. His parents are from Columbia and he actually lived in the Capital City for a couple of years as a child. He still has numerous relatives living within five miles of the campus. On his recent visit, Black said he he met with the coaches and got a positive vibe in response. “It went well,” Black said. “Talked to the head coach a little bit, tried on some of the athletic gear and took some pictures, and took it all in. I feel like they want me a lot. They actually care for me. They aren’t like other colleges that offer you and you want to commit you really can’t. South Carolina, if they offer you, that means they really, really want you and I like the love that they show.” One of the coaches he talked to is new defensive line coach John Scott. It was his first conversation with him and he came away impressed. “He actually knows what he’s talking about,” Black said. “They like my size and how I move well for someone who’s 300 pounds. I play over center and in tight situations they like to put me at the end for pass rushing.” Black also holds offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Boston College and Charlotte. He’s also visited Georgia Tech recently and UCF wants him to come in for a visit. Right now USC, West Virginia and Georgia Tech sit in a strong spot with him. The Gamecocks are in a particularly good position. “Right now they are pretty high up there,” he said. “I’m really from South Carolina and I’ve got a lot of family down there. It’s kind of like a second home to be honest.” Last season Black estimated he was in on 40 tackles with 7 sacks.
  23. Gamecocks miss out on WR Ray Grier of Belmont, NC February 11. 2019 WR Ray Grier of Belmont, NC, a USC target, committed to North Carolina Saturday. He visited USC for the Tennessee game last season and was favoring the Gamecocks in late December, but Mack Brown made a strong push once he arrived in Chapel Hill. He’s the second receiver target who at one time was favoring USC but has committed elsewhere. Last week Ze’Vian Capers committed to Arkansas.
  24. Gamecocks first in on giant of an offensive lineman February 08, 2019 | philkornblut.home.blog Jazston Turnetine USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford sees a big opportunity to grab a big offensive tackle in Jazston Turnetine 6'8" 340lbs of Ellenwood, GA and Hutchinson JC, KS. Wolford and the Gamecocks are the first offer for Turnetine who went right into Hutch and earned a started job as a true freshman at offensive tackle. “I guess I met them way back when but I couldn’t really talk to them at all and I guess they remembered my name,” Turnetine said. “The person who recruited me here put me on to them and introduced me to them before I even knew it. He told them my name and how long I’ve been playing. I started here over a Memphis commit coming in as a freshman. I guess he put me out there as fast as he can since I started over someone.” Turnetine said he knew in high school he would have to go the junior college route because of his academics. He had options to go to D-2 programs but his goal is the big-time of college football. “I was a big time procrastinator in high school and I’m now paying for it, but I guess it’s kind of good because I’ve wanted to go D-1 instead of settling for less,” he said. “I can actually get what I want now. It turned out great for me.” Turnetine said he is on track to graduate in December and he’ll have three years to play two at the next level. And he feels USC would be a fine place to do that. “I’d love to go there,” Turnetine said. ‘They need a tackle. I can live in a comfortable place. They coaching staff is great. Coach Wolf has a lot of rankings up under his belt. He’s a great guy. I guess I got that vibe from them that this is a home and plus it’s about three hours away from my house.” Turnetine has never visited USC but he wants to. He also is not going to rush a decision as he waits for other offers to fall into place. He feels he has a lot to offer on the football field to schools needing a big tackle. “My ability to adapt to game situations,” he identified as a strength of his game. “Some people think it’s leadership. I don’t think of myself as a leader at all but my fellow players think I’m the leader out of the O-line. I’m just doing my job. My last offensive line coach took me under his wing and molded me and made me use my hands. I have a very strong punch now. My pass protection, he tweaked it and now I’m even better. My run blocking is great. Pulling wise, running out in space, I think I’m doing pretty well but I can do a lot better. As always, you can always get better.” Turnetine helped lead Hutchinson to a nine win season and a #8 national ranking in the final NJCAA poll.
  25. Gamecock commitment 4-star Issiah Walker Jr.tweets at Muschamp Feb. 08, 2019

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