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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.”
  12. Northwestern High wide receiver Jamario Holley will not be part of the Gamecocks’ 2019 class December 11, 2018 South Carolina football won’t have a longtime wide receiver commit, one of the top in-state players, in the 2019 class. Northwestern High wide receiver Jamario Holley will not be part of the Gamecocks’ next class, a source confirmed to The State. He had been committed since February. “I promise i’ll come back stronger than i ever came,” Holley said Monday on Twitter. Both GamecockCentral and TheBigSpur removed Holley from their USC commitment lists for the class.
  13. Second early signing period bears down on Muschamp, USC. The first one was surprising December 11, 2018 South Carolina’s Will Muschamp is usually planning ahead, laying things out, building contingencies. But the Gamecocks’ head man didn’t see what was coming when the NCAA instituted an early signing day for football. “I never thought when they first came up with this you would be signing this many guys,” Muschamp said. A year ago, his squad inked 20 on the first signing day in mid-December and only two in February (Dylan Wonnum and Rick Sandidge). After that came a pair of grad transfers in J.T. Ibe and Nick Harvey to round out the group. He’s already said he expects 18 to 20 to sign a week from Wednesday. His team projects to have 23 spots, with transfers Josh Belk and Jamel Cook filling out the 25 available scholarships. “The recruiting process is so much more accelerated now than it’s ever been,” Muschamp said. “So as far as recruiting guys their sophomore year of high school, their junior year of high school, they’ve visited multiple places, they’ve got different way to get to different places and see different schools. And they’re narrowing down the schools they’re interested in. They’re committing earlier.” The majority of USC’s pledges pulled the trigger last spring or early summer, including four-star quarterback Ryan Hilinski and five-star defensive lineman Zacch Pickens. USC has already had a 2020 player commit and decommit, and had a 2019 player commit in summer of 2017 and decommit in February of this year. Muschamp still has some spots to fill, especially on the offensive line and the defensive backfield. He hopes to have most of that done this month, and if not then, on to February. Last season also provided another glimpse into the different, accelerated recruiting world. “We’re probably going to have around 12 or 13 mid-year enrollees this year,” Muschamp said. “And that’s a credit to the student-athletes, No. 1. No. 2 Maria Hickman (Associate AD in charge of academics) and her staff. In order to have a mid-year, you have to have space. You can’t just bring a guy in off the trail. You have to have space with a guy that has graduated.” He noted 17 of the 20 players who walked on senior day were set to have degrees at the end of this semester. And the trend likely won’t change in the new future. “Every year, we’re going to have 13, 14, 15 mid-year guys because our guys are graduating,” Muschamp said.
  14. RB Eric Gray to visit Vol's, Latest on CB Chris Steele December 11, 2018 According to the Tennessee 247 site, RB Eric Gray of Memphis will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. The former Michigan commitment visited USC Gamecocks last weekend. Ole Miss and Alabama are two other reported high interests for him. Oregon coaches were in Monday night to see CB Chris Steele. USC head coach Will Muschamp and assistants were in Sunday. Florida assistants are due back in Wednesday. Florida head coach Dan Mullen was in last week.
  15. Gamecocks to get one final shot with Hopper DECEMBER 11, 2018 BY PHIL KORNBLUT LINK: SPORTSTALK Tyron Hopper It’s a long shot but stranger things have happened in recruiting. LB Tyron Hopper of Roswell, GA, who has been committed to Florida, said Monday night he remains so and he doesn’t believe he’ll change his mind. But USC coaches are going to visit with him one more time this week to see if they can convince him otherwise. “I’m still firm with the Gators,” Hopper said. Asked if he could foresee himself changing his mind, Hopper said, “I don’t think so. I’m solid with Florida. I just feel real good about Florida. I don’t know if anything will change my mind.” Hopper took his official visit to Florida last weekend and what did he like the most about it? “Everything. Really getting to spend time with the other commits and getting to be around the coaches.” Hopper also took an official visit to USC for the Akron weekend. “It was pretty fun,” he said. “Being around the coaching staff and all stood out the most.” He’s expecting USC recruiters Travaris Robinson and Coleman Hutzler to visit this week. He’s also expecting his recruiters from Auburn and Florida to visit. He will sign next week.
  16. Pickens’ pick ‘sends a message’ about South Carolina’s recruiting December 10, 2018 Clemson has beaten South Carolina five consecutive times on the football field. On Dec. 19, the Gamecocks are expected to start a one-game, off-the-field winning streak against the Tigers that might help them reverse the dismal results on the field. That’s the day Zacch Pickens, a five-star defensive line recruit from Anderson, is expected to sign with South Carolina on the first day of the early signing period. It will represent a coup of sorts for third-year Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp because he’s taking a top target away from the Tigers, his in-state rival which is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and headed to its fourth straight College Football Playoff appearance. “To land the No. 1 player in the state when Clemson is playing at such a high level is big,” said Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting for 247Sports. “Obviously, Will Muschamp is a defensive-minded head coach, but Clemson has had the best defensive line in college football for a couple years now. So for Zacch to want to be a part of building that at South Carolina is big. For South Carolina to get where they want to be as a program, they have to win more of these battles for guys like Zacch Pickens.” Pickens will become the first five-star recruit to sign with South Carolina under Muschamp. He is the top-rated player in the state of South Carolina and the 18th-best recruit in the nation at any position, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. “I think it’s huge for that program,” Rivals.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons said. “Steve Spurrier had his run with signing the top player in the state. For Will to get that back going and convince Pickens not to go Clemson, not to go to Georgia is huge for the program and really builds momentum. (Muschamp) has shown some good things there. He needs players though to take that next step.” Pickens is projected to be one of those players. At 6-foot-5, 283 pounds, he is expected to begin his collegiate career at defensive end but could play in the middle of the defensive line as well. “You’re looking at a 280-pound defensive end in a year or so who is going to be a terror to deal with,” Rivals.com national recruiting director Mike Farrell said. “He’s a really good player, and he’s just getting better and better. He has been shooting up our list even after he became a five-star. He’s got great size. He’s an athletic kid. He’s good against the run, but he’s an outstanding pass rusher as well. He uses a lot of power and strength to get offensive linemen off balance.” Simmons calls Pickens “an early face-of-the-program type of guy.” “He’s an impact kid immediately, at least we see it that way,” Simmons said. “I think mentally and physically he will come in ready to contribute at South Carolina right away.” Pickens led T.L. Hanna to the state title game this year and had 82 tackles. He is one of the frontrunners for the state’s Mr. Football award, which will be handed out Saturday. During Spurrier’s best run with the Gamecocks, South Carolina signed four consecutive Mr. Footballs in the state. “Spurrier used to get those guys all the time with (Marcus) Lattimore and (Jadeveon) Clowney, and it really did help in recruiting,” Farrell said. “It builds momentum. It sends a message to the rest of the Southeast.”
  17. In-state QB has walk-on offer from South Carolina ... and a choice to make December 10, 2018 Trey Houston has a choice to make. The Greer High School quarterback could take a scholarship, have school paid for and get his chance as a dual-threat quarterback with an FCS team or perhaps a smaller FBS team. Or he could take a bigger swing and join the South Carolina Gamecocks as a walk-on. “I’ve just been thinking,” Houston said, “if I want to take a chance or not.” He spoke while standing on the field at Williams-Brice, a crutch under one arm. After posting a dominant season for the Yellow Jackets as a junior, a knee injury limited him this season. His team persevered and made it to the state title game, where it couldn’t hold off Luke Doty and Myrtle Beach. Houston was sitting on offers from the likes of Wofford, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State and East Tennessee State. Then came the call from USC. “Matt Lindsey, director of player personnel called me and said, ‘We’d like to offer you a preferred walk-on spot,’ ” Houston said. “Took a chance on me and I’m very blessed they gave me one. They’ve just been recruiting me for a while, been up to their camp, came out to my school.” As a junior, Houston was as productive a dual-threat QB as you’ll find. He completed 71 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,147 yards, 35 scores and no interceptions, plus rushing for 780 yards and 10 scores. He led an offense that averaged 43.6 points a game. But the 6-foot-2, 177-pounder said he’s not picky about his position, even with offers to play QB. “It really doesn’t matter to me.” Houston said. “I can play quarterback, I could play wideout, DB. Just an athlete.” He said the brings a blend of speed, length and power to whatever college team he joins. He also spoke highly of South Carolina, not just as a football program and for its atmosphere, but also for its academics. His plan is to have things locked up by the early signing day in less than two weeks. He had an in-home visit with Wofford before his team’s trip to state. And there still lingers his choice: School paid for and a chance on a smaller stage, or bet on himself and fight for a spot in big-time football. “I’ve still got some school that I have right now,” Houston said. “I’ll probably be making my decision soon, before the signing period.”
  18. One JUCO commit confident he’ll be a member of 2019 class & other recruiting notes of interest December 10, 2018 South Carolina defensive line commitment Jahkeem Green (6-foot-4, 305 pounds) of Sumter and Highland Community College (Kansas) does not graduate until May at the earliest and is not sure if he’ll sign this month. He said he still has some classes to complete but he’s confident he’ll meet the academic requirements to be able to transfer. He said he’s in touch with USC defensive tackles coach Lance Thompson and they spoke last week. He’s also talked with Will Muschamp. He said the Gamecocks are sticking with him at this point. Green said Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State also have offered but he remains committed to the Gamecocks. He visited unofficially for the Chattanooga game. This season Green had 67 tackles with seven tackle for loss and 2 1/2 sacks. He has three years to play two. Notes: ▪ Pensacola, Fla., offensive lineman Darius Washington said Sunday night he’s not doing any further interviews related to his recruiting. He did acknowledge the Gamecocks are still in contention for him. Washington has been committed to Mississippi State. He’s also considering Miami. He took official visits to all three. USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford visited last week. ▪ Atlanta corner Dequanteous Watts said he hears from USC’s Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson every day. He said Muschamp texts every morning and then they talk. He’s thinks area recruiter Bryan McClendon will visit this week. USC is in a good place with him. “I feel good about them, they are one of my top schools right now with Ole Miss and UCF,” Watts said. Watts took an unofficial visit to USC for the Chattanooga game. He might go to UCF or Ole Miss this weekend and he plans to visit The Gamecocks in January. He’s also set Jan. 7 for his announcement date but he said he’ll take visits after that. ▪ Calera, Ala. 2020 athlete Trenton Yowe decommitted from Mississippi State Sunday night and reopened his recruiting. He said he’s been in touch with Clemson recruiter Todd Bates and he wants him to visit. He’s also hearing now from USC. ▪ Mullins athlete Xavier Legette of Mullins took an official visit to Coastal Carolina over the weekend. ▪ Roswell, Ga., linebacker Tyron Hopper took his official visit to Florida over the weekend. He has been a Gator commitment and Sunday he told the Florida Rivals site he’s “thousand percent” committed to Florida. He took an official visit to USC for the Akron weekend.
  19. Sunday afternoon recruiting updates DECEMBER 9, 2018 Roswell, GA LB Tyron Hopper took his official visit to Florida over the weekend. He has been a Gator commitment and Sunday he told the Florida Rivals site he’s “thousand percent” committed to Florida. He took an official visit to USC for the Akron weekend. USC offered 2020 WR Kentron Poitier (6-4 190) of Miami. Auburn, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse are some of his other offers.
  20. Hometown kicker will be a Gamecock December 09, 2018 kicker Alex Herrera on Sunday announced a commitment to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Herrera (6-0, 175) averaged 41.3 yards a punt in 2018, was 10-of-13 on field goals and 27-of-29 on extra points. He played quarterback for the Vikings early in the season. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards. Herrera will play in the Metro Senior Bowl on Dec. 22 in Columbia and the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 5. According to the 247Sports composite, Herrera is the No. 23 kicker in the class of 2019 and the No. 64 overall recruit from the state of South Carolina. Herrera doesn’t have a scholarship offer from South Carolina, so it’s unclear if he recently received one or if he’ll join the team as a preferred walk-on.
  21. Sunday morning recruiting notes December 09, 2018 USC offered 2020 WR Kentron Poitier (6-4 190) of Miami. Auburn, North Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse are some of his other offers. USC target LB Tyron Hopper, a Florida commitment, did take his official visit to Florida over the weekend.
  22. Three-time 2,000-yard runner, Tennessee Mr. Football visiting Gamecocks this weekend December 08, 2018 South Carolina football already has one running back recruit in its 2019 class, but could be in the market for another. And they have a prolific talent on campus today. Former Michigan commit and four-star Tennessee tailback Eric Gray tweeted pictures from a photo shoot at USC on Saturday. Several recruiting sites reported he’d visit on Friday. Gray, who claims offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, LSU and Miami among others, is among the most accomplished high school players in his state’s history. He’s won the Mr. Football award three times, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark each season. This year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pounder had 2,499 yards and 40 touchdowns in 12 games for Lausanne Collegiate School. He committed to Michigan on Nov. 26 and decommitted on Dec. 1. He’s currently the No. 172 player in his class in the 247 Sports composite rankings and the No. 4 all-purpose back. The Gamecocks currently have a bit of a logjam at the running back position. USC has four juniors, who comprise the primary rotation. Freshmen Deshaun Fenwick and Lavonte Valentine both redshirted this season, and Kevin Harris is a current commit. That puts USC with at least seven going into next season, and four about to come off the roster.
  23. Gamecocks lose another Four-star in commit Jamario Holley is no longer included in team's recruiting class December 08, 2018 As early signing day approaches, South Carolina has a new spot to fill in its 2019 recruiting class. The Gamecocks removed 4-star receiver Jamario Holley from their group of incoming recruits, according to a tweet from SportsTalkSC that credited the news to GamecockCentral. Holley is reportedly dealing with academic issues, which prompted South Carolina to move on from the local prospect. Holley, who currently attends Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina — about 70 miles from Columbia — was the sixth-best recruit in the Gamecocks’ 2019 class, according to 247Sports.com’s composite ratings. Ranked as the No. 3 player in the state and 46th-best receiver nationally in 2019, Holley has been committed to South Carolina since early February. Losing the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver drops the Gamecocks’ incoming class to just 16 players. Holley’s other top interests are SEC-heavy — he has offers from Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee as well as Florida State and Virginia Tech.
  24. Gamecock recruiting notes December 08, 2018 GamecockCentral reported RB Eric Gray of Memphis, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee and a former Michigan commitment, will take an official visit to USC this weekend. He rushed for 2500 yards and 40 touchdowns this season. According to GamecockCentral, long time USC commitment WR Jamario Holley of Northwestern is no longer a part of the class due to academic reasons. USC offered 2021 QB Brock Vandagriff (6-2 183) of Bogart, GA. Georgia, Auburn, Florida and LSU are among his offers. Four USC commitments are scheduled for official visits with the Gamecocks this weekend…CB Cam Smith, DE Rodricus Fitten, WR Keveon Mullins and TE Keshawn Toney. Other scheduled official visits for this weekend include USC target WR Xavier Legette of Mullins to Tulane, USC target OL Jakai Moore of Nokesville, VA to Penn State, USC target OL Matthew Bedford of Memphis to Indiana and then to Memphis, USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami to Boston College, TE Jimmy Fritzsche to Connecticut and USC target RB DJ Williams of Sebring, FL to Alabama. Oklahoma was in Thursday to see CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. He’s also a USC target. USC target CB Zay Flowers of Miami will take an official visit to Boston College this weekend. He’s also been to Kansas State and Nebraska and is also looking at NC State.
  25. WATCH: Zacch Pickens take it to the house in State championship game December 08, 2018

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