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  1. Whether it's at tight end or at linebacker, South Carolina appears to be getting a potential difference-maker with Eric Shaw
  2. Gamecocks spring football not fully ruled out March 20, 2020 | GCF Staff Report South Carolina’s spring football practice has been postponed for the moment, but not technically ruled out as of yet. But the truth be told 'things don’t look promising there. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  3. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  4. Matt Lindsey moves on and now Drew Hughes is putting his stamp on South Carolina March 18, 2020 | GCF Staff Report When Drew Hughes first saw South Carolina’s football operations facility, he marveled at how it compared to the digs at his last job at Tennessee. And when he took stock of the recruiting operation he was set to take the helm of, he saw something that fit most of the specifications for how he planned to operate. That’s the advantage of taking over a department built up by a friend who learned the craft alongside him. That’s an advantage of working for Will Muschamp, who he worked under before and had hoped to work for yet again. Hughes said. “In the back of my mind I’d always knew I wanted to work with Coach Muschamp again. So that’s kind of long story but that’s how it happened “Full circle for me.” Hughes joined the Gamecock staff this offseason, making the jump from Tennessee. He steps into the role held by Matt Lindsey, someone Muschamp credited with playing a crucial role in the program’s recruiting operation. (Lindsey, now at Ole Miss, called Hughes about the opening.) Now Hughes takes the reins of a large-scale information gathering outfit, one structured like an NFL personnel department. Once a 23-year-old thrown into the deep end of the profession, Hughes is now a veteran of three SEC staffs. Muschamp said on Drew. “I had Drew when I was at the University of Florida, did a fantastic job for me there.So it’s been a really seamless transition for us as far as our day-to-day operation, recruiting, evaluation and how we work as far as the recruiting standpoint is concerned.” THE GUIDANCE FOR THE VETERANS Hughes was only an undergrad when he “wandered” into the recruiting department at Alabama. A high school player in Alabama, he planned for a future as a high school coach. He started on the video side, shooting practice. He then started helping the grad assistants break down tape and then found his way to the recruiting room. Hughes said. “That’s when it really clicked for me. Once I got into the recruiting side of it, particularly the team-building and the different critical factors that you look for at each position and the all the different elements that go into building a championship team, it just clicked for me.” He came under the guidance of Ed Marynowitz, who worked for Nick Saban at the start of his tenure with the Crimson Tide, left for the Philadelphia Eagles and later returned. Hughes explained that Marynowitz was one of the pioneers of the personnel industry on the college level, and Lindsey had worked under him. At the time, Hughes was being asked to do the kinds of tasks he now has undergraduates doing. He arrived around when Saban did, taking part in the rise and building of a dynasty. When Hughes was finishing up school after the 2011 Iron Bowl, it was Marynowitz who recommended Hughes for his first job. Marynowitz played out the end of his college career for George O’Leary at Central Florida, and the former Georgia Tech head man reached out looking for someone. After a drive to Atlanta and a flight to talk to O’Leary, a freshly minted 23-year-old college grad was in charge of the recruiting operation for a Conference USA program. O’Leary had been running the show there for more than half a decade, and he delivered lessons well beyond what to look for on film. Hughes said. “I got coached by Coach O’Leary on how to grow up. I was 23. He was 60, or whatever it was at the time, and he would ask me for things he knew I didn’t have. And what he was doing, I didn’t realize it at the time, what he was doing is he was training me to start thinking ahead.” In his one year there, UCF recruited the Griffin twins, who both ended up drafted. Hughes left for N.C. State, where he helped Dave Doeren land a class with four defensive line draft picks, led by top-five pick Bradley Chubb. One year in Raleigh came to a close with a cold call from Gainesville, Florida. Muschamp brought Hughes back to the SEC, where he worked for him, then for Saban assistant Jim McElwain (Muschamp’s replacement) and eventually Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee the past few seasons. DREW ABOUT BUILDING EVERYONE UP As Hughes sits in his office describing the structure of his department, the term “empowered” comes to mind. He’s in charge of this operation, working alongside Jessica Jackson, who heads up the on-campus aspect of recruiting, and Justin King and Zach Frehse, who manage the graphics/edits side of things (“I’ve always said no one works for me, we all work together,” Hughes said). But he has a staff, many undergrads who were brought on and trained by Lindsey, and they are the first line of what is an information-gathering and synthesizing operation. The students and personnel assistants are assigned to an assistant coach, and they’re responsible for all the players at that coach’s position and in his area. Hughes said. “Everything kind of originates from the film. And if the film stands out, they do everything from using the various analytical services that we have, verifying track times, going through their social media. You know you can find out a lot about a guy by what he tweets. And we have all the sheets, you know every player has a sheet.” The staff compiles all that information about a player and then presents that profile to a coach. It allows the staff to recruit more efficiently, having a staff process through hundreds of recruits coaches don’t have to. Hughes said. “You have to be very transparent and upfront, be accurate with the information that you have. looking back at all the staffs he has been a part of. “And every coach that you work for, whether it’s head coach or assistants, they’re all different. So you have to understand you know what they want, and I think there’s a trust that’s developed over time.” WHAT TO LOOK FOR On that film that gets cut up, those high school games that get processed down, the Gamecocks staff, and by proxy the personnel staff, are looking for specific attributes. Hughes lists off 12 for running backs alone, from power running and vision to ball security and blocking. On high school film that might be of low quality, the “wow” plays tell a tale, and more sets of eyes on more film means more consensus. Hughes said. “You and I could watch a player right now and you may notice something that I didn’t. And if you notice something that helps us make the best decision.” He described the process as prospect identification and organizing information. The camps the school runs in June serve to boost that, in part to cross-check a player’s physical measurements and skills and give coaches a chance to watch players in live settings. And although it all starts with film, everything is bolstered by the personal side of things, when coaches hit the road and can chat with folks in the community or even opposing coaches about a player. Hughes said. “It’s just a combination of utilizing the recruiting calendar when you can go out on the road. You’re hitting people in the community, you’re talking to high school coaches, you’re talking to the janitor at the high school, the teacher, not just the high school coach, obviously “All that information, matching up with the film matching up with the character, ultimately, helps you make the best decision.” DREW CASTING A WIDE NET A program such as South Carolina’s isn’t just recruiting for next year’s class, but realistically for the next three. The database the team maintains includes around 2,500 total high school players across all three classes. Hughes said. “Our database is massive. Our job is to help the coaches narrow it down, get that number down to as low as, as good of a number as possible, a manageable number.” He joked this is probably one of his easier transitions because he doesn’t have to build up the infrastructure. He’s joining a coach he knows well and has a feel for, one who is established and has the pieces set in place by a good friend. Hughes said. “It’s easier because you know what to expect, you know how they work.” Coming in and with (Lindsey) being here, you know things are going to be set up the same way and done the right way and organized and structured so, this has been unique and different.”
  5. He’ll come to USC with blue-chip teammates and offers an option at unusual spot South Carolina coaches probably got to watch plenty of Bradley Dunn’s high school film. When they flipped on game action of Hammond School’s defensive line, with four-star tackle Alex Huntley and five-star end Jordan Burch, Dunn was on there too, often bursting past tackles and wreaking havoc on the other team’s offense. He did admit, having those two teammates helped out a little. “It makes my job a whole lot more easier,” Dunn said. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  6. Jordan Burch Erik Kimrey details what Gamecocks are getting in Jordan Burch (AUDIO) Feb. 11, 2020, | sportstalk The process was drawn out a little longer than expected, but USC still came away with the big in-state recruiting prize last week when DL Jordan Burch of Hammond School signed with the Gamecocks. The five-star prospect at one point was ranked the #1 player in the country in the 247Sports composite before finishing with a #8 ranking. The end to his recruiting process perhaps left some Gamecock supporters with a negative attitude toward Burch. Monday night his coach Erik Kimrey joined us on SportsTalk and gave us a detailed look into Jordan Burch the football player and what the Gamecocks will be getting for their defensive line. Erik Kimrey on Sportstalk
  7. Lindsey has accepted a position at Ole Miss under new head coach Lane Kiffin that is considered a promotion. At this point, we do not know his title with the Rebels’ program.
  8. Who would you like for Muschamp to go after here and hopefully land them here at South Carolina?
  9. Ask this question because the life blood of a program is recruiting. Saying that Boom has really put together a top 20 class that after tomorrow signing could propel them to 17th or 18th in the recruiting rankings. Most coaches on a hot seat would not be able to maintain what Boom has accomplished in recruiting this year. Wins on the field is the key for Muschamp to remove the Hot seat title. Question can he do the removal before seasons end? The quicker he can his recruiting only will get even better. Say he wins 5 out of the first 6 games, only lose to Florida win over Tennessee. Good enough to jump of the hot seat? or need more to show? Second have going to be murderers row: 10/24 Texas A&M 10/31 at Vanderbilt 11/7 Georgia 11/14 at LSU 11/21 wofford 11/28 at Clemson Highlighted best case wins would mean 7-5. Would you say complete off Hot seat or go coach hunting. What ever needed, do it fast either way because the lifeblood of the program the recruiting wars will be lost.
  10. Penn State makes Scott hiring official Feb. 09, 2020 Three days after helping to complete the recruiting of 5-star defensive lineman Jordan Burch, John Scott Jr. is now the defensive line coach at Penn State. The Nittany Lions officially announced the hiring of Scott Saturday night. His imminent departure was first reported Saturday afternoon by TheBigSpur. Scott, a native of Greer, coached one season for Will Muschamp at USC following a stint at Arkansas. He is credited with improving the Gamecock defensive front, in particular Javon Kinlaw who is now projected as a top ten pick in the NFL Draft. Scott and Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry have a relationship dating back to their one season together at Georgia Southern in 2010. Scott is the first of what is expected to be three post-signing day coaching departures from the Gamecock staff. Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported running backs coach Thomas Brown is expected to take a job with the Rams. And according to sources, receivers coach Bryan McClendon is expected to be named the new receivers coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Penn State official release on hiring of John Scott Jr.
  11. From ‘a happy shock’ to calmness, Huntley glad to have Burch in the fold at USC Feb. 08, 2020 Like most South Carolina football fans, Alex Huntley got the news he hoped for Thursday night. That’s when USC announced that Jordan Burch, Huntley’s teammate at Hammond and future college teammate, was officially going to be part of the Gamecock football program. “Jordan Burch is officially a Gamecock!” USC football’s Twitter page posted at 8:47 p.m. Thursday. The announcement ended more than a month of speculation surrounding Burch and his future. (VIEW ARTICLE) THE STATE
  12. With ‘scary’ rising talent, Gamecock veterans see the potential of a top national defensive line now & in the future Feb. 07, 2020, | GCF Staff Report South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw probably inspired some fear in his time in garnet and black. Kinlaw imposing figure, at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, was a beast of quickness and power ripping past and offensive lineman and bearing down on quarterbacks, which scared some folks. But what does it take for him to invoke the word “scary”? Talents of some of his young teammates, notably former top-10 national recruit Zacch Pickens. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  13. Will Muschamp National Signing Day Conference Transcript Feb. 06, 2020 Gamecocks Add Ger-Cari Caldwell, Gilber Edmond, Alex Huntley and ZaQuandre White Great day. We signed four really good players today. Ya know, excited about and continuing to improve our roster and continue to create the quality that we're going to need to have in our league. There's no doubt helped ourself today. I'll start out with ZaQuandre White from Cape Coral, Florida. Originally played at North Fort Myers for Ernest Graham. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  14. With ‘scary’ rising talent, Gamecock veterans see the potential of a top national defensive line now & in the future Feb. 07, 2020, | GCF Staff Report South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw probably inspired some fear in his time in garnet and black. Kinlaw imposing figure, at 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, was a beast of quickness and power ripping past and offensive lineman and bearing down on quarterbacks, which scared some folks. But what does it take for him to invoke the word “scary”? Talents of some of his young teammates, notably former top-10 national recruit Zacch Pickens. Kinlaw had the following to say about his former teammates as he heads now into the NFL pool as first round pick. “Especially with Zacch, it’s scary; he can be as good as he wants to be. He’s crazy athletic, fast, powerful. Just got to take care of the little things. The little things is what’s holding him back. “Rick (Sandidge), same thing. Both of those guys can be as good as they want to be. Sometimes, I watch in practice, things they do, I just be like, ‘What the heck?’ It doesn’t make sense. They’re just young.” South Carolina will deal with a changing of the guard on a defensive front that anchored success in 2019 on that side of the ball. Kinlaw, an All-American, is gone, as is defensive tackle partner Kobe Smith and top Buck edge rusher D.J. Wonnum. But the talent coming up is promising. Pickens was an all-everything recruits, a five-star defensive end who got up to 300 pounds and transitioned to tackle. Sandidge was the top recruit in 2018 class, a well-built defensive tackle with some quickness. Both held rotation spots last season and made impacts at times. At the bigger end spot, the team has Aaron Sterling and Kingsley Enagbare, who were both solid-to-good players in 2019. Sterling had six sacks and sometimes bumped inside as a tackle on pass-rush situations. Enagbare spent time inside early in his career, but at his natural edge position did some good things with 3 1/2 sacks and seven tackles for loss. Kinlaw said. “J.J. has been doing his thing all year I’m really ready to see what type of pass rusher he can turn into, because he’s got it. He’s got everything you want.” The position Wonnum is leaving is a bit more of a question. Brad Johnson has been a rotation guy since his freshman year, but never quite ascended as an impact edge player. Rodricus Fitten is coming off a redshirt season, and there might be some help coming in the freshman class. And then there’s one known product and a few more unknowns. Keir Thomas was one of the more productive linemen on the team his sophomore and junior seasons, but the end/tackle missed all of last year after an ankle infection following offseason surgery (he got a redshirt and another senior year). Former four-star Joseph Anderson played sparingly last season and junior college transfer Devontae Davis missed the whole season with a foot injury. Thomas said. “We’ve got a lot of young talent and we got a chance to be good. We’re one of the best there is in the country.” They’re all in the capable hands of second-year defensive line coach John Scott Jr. He guided a talented group to a good deal of success in Year 1, and has a different project this season. And he left an impression on one departing senior. Kinlaw said. “I’m going to say one thing,” with a smile. “He talks a lot. He talks a lot and you just want to soak it all in, because it’s nothing wrong. Everything he coaches, you can see it out there hand-placement, fighting double-teams, things like that. I appreciate him for everything he’s taught me.” The group is also in line to get three freshmen in three-star tackle Makius Scott, who already signed, plus four-star tackle Alex Huntley and five-star Jordan Burch. The latter two have not signed yet, and other schools will likely be trying to apply some pressure. And it’s always difficult for defensive linemen in their first years of college. Replacing a group such as Smith, Wonnum, Kinlaw and Daniel Fennell, that is never easy. But there’s talent there to be sure, and a level of faith from those moving on. Kinlaw said. “They’re going to hold it down; they’re going to know what to do when their time comes. They’re just young right now. Look at me when I was young. I didn’t know it all. I didn’t play as fast as I do now. It just takes time. They need time to develop. Them having to play early, it’s better, because — honestly, me playing so early, it helped a lot, just developing while you‘re playing. The more they play, the more they just lock-in and buy into the program, they’re going to be all right.” Stars of the future just signed to join what already is a young and much talented defensive line group include 5-star Jordan Burch, 4-star Alex Huntley, 4-star Tonka Hemingway & 3-star Makius Scott. All said and done the defensive line now and the future are lined like stars to shine.
  15. Will Muschamp National Signing Day Conference Transcript Feb. 06, 2020 Gamecocks Add Ger-Cari Caldwell, Gilber Edmond, Alex Huntley and ZaQuandre White NEWS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT - Great day. We signed four really good players today. Ya know, excited about and continuing to improve our roster and continue to create the quality that we're going to need to have in our league. There's no doubt helped ourself today. I'll start out with ZaQuandre White from Cape Coral, Florida. Originally played at North Fort Myers for Ernest Graham. A guy that I know extremely well and have a lot of respect for. He thinks a lot of ZaQuandre as a running back. Originally qualified, signed with Florida State out of high and went through the coaching change when Coach Fisher was there and transferred, I mean, went to Coach Taggard. And just, kind of, sometimes when you have those transitions you lose some really good football players. And I actually talked to Jimbo about ZaQuandre, really liked his athleticism and him as a young man, and feels like he has a tremendous upside. So we're really excited to have him. Went out to Iowa Western and did a really nice job out there. His parents Zach and Dorothy were great in this process. But, a guy that's got the type of measureables you want and we're really excited to add another, you know, a size-speed athlete to our football team. It certainly is going to help us here. Ger-Cari Caldwell from Northwestern High School right here in South Carolina Rock Hill just had a unbelievable senior season. Page Wofford who was the offensive coordinator at Danial went to Northwestern and installed an offense. And they threw the ball an awful lot and they do a really nice job throwing it, and Ger-Cari ended up, I think, with 51 catches. And it, kind of, kept coming on to the screen for us in fall. We got more and more excited about him and then you meet him, and you see the type of young man and what he stands for. His mom, Demetrice is a fantastic woman and we just had a really good, hit it off when we met. Came down on the official visit, came unofficially and then came back for an official visit. And really excited to add in another guy from the Rock Hill area to our football team, obviously the hot bed in South Carlina of football. Alex Huntley from Hammond School. I've got a, you know, unique relationship obviously with Alex. Saw him as freshman at lacrosse at 280 pounds running up and down the field, obviously with my son Jackson being at Hammond. But, just a big athlete. Very flexible in his lower body, very powerful in his lower body. But I saw him continue to grow and mature there at Hammond. Which, Erik Kimrey, the head coach there does a fantastic job. So, just to watch this guy grow through the process, Lisa and Harold have been awesome. Been raised right and really excited about him, and joining in our program. The guy is a student body president at Hammond. He didn't enter Hammond until the ninth grade. It says a lot about the positive impact he can have on other people and what he'll do in our locker room, but I'm really excited about him. And Gilber Edmond from Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Florida. He kind of came on our radar really late, about two and a half, three weeks ago. I wanted to add another Linebacker to our class. He's about 6'3 about 205 but can really play in space, can really run. Jeff George is his head coach. And talking to him, the type of young man we want on our football team. We went down and saw him the last couple of weeks there in January, and really felt good about him. And we're able to know that we were going to have a spot available and we wanted to extend that. So, that puts us at 24 initials, we obviously still have one left. But, really excited about adding these four guys to our class. Again, I like what our numbers are positionally, it's starting to distribute through our team, on our roster. Our mid-year guys are doing really well. To see those guys, the four offensive linemen, fit as far as athletically and playing with power. Luke Doty's been outstanding. MarShawn Lloyd, another guy, we're seeing a guy that's really competing on a high level, which is exciting to see. Mike Wyman's done some nice things for us. O'Donnell Fortune and Dominick Hill both showed up. Done a nice job for us. I'm really pleased with the progress with Coach Jackson and what they've done to this point of the off-season program. We've monitored it as coaches and we'll certainly start taking more of a role next week as coaches. And we'll get, really, about six days before we start spring on February 26 with our football team as far as working a little bit with them hands on. Which we're allowed to do by NCAA rules in the off season. So, excited about today and obviously us moving forward. And I'll open it for any questions. - [Reporter] Will, any reason to be concerned if somebody might've verbally committed and not sent in his letter yet? - No, we're going to be fine. - [Reporter] And what are some reasons somebody might wait to send in their letter? - I don't know. You got to ask them. - [Reporter] Can you give us a little more about what, sort of, the process with Gilber, kind of was? How that came together, the timing of it? - Well we're constantly evaluating and our recruiting office does an outstanding job continuing to evaluate guys. And Ger-Cari Caldwell here, we start hearing something obviously. It's in our state, so you hear a little bit more. The relationships you have with high school coaches in the area obviously with Page. And them continuing to, "Well this guys is really playing well. I think you need to take a harder look at him." So, we're always evaluating. Maybe we have committed that aren't playing as well and we want to call them up and say, "What's the deal here? Why aren't you playing a little bit better?" So, just 'cause you commit or, you know, it's a great example for a lot of guys who, maybe, don't have a lot going into their senior year, which these guys didn't. But they played extremely well and you'll get recognized, people will find you. As much social media and different interactions you can have on film now. So, to find those guys and start recruiting 'em and get to know 'em a little bit better, and feel more comfortable about bringing them to Columbia, to the University of South Carolina, and bringing them into our locker room. And our staff felt very good in both situations about both players. - [Reporter] Coach, I know I saw you earlier today at Hammond seeing your son. - Yeah. - [Reporter] Yeah, and committing to Georgia. What was that like for you today, to be next to your son and putting on the Bulldog hat just knowing how proud you are of him finally making this call-- - I didn't like the hat. I didn't like the hat at all. But, nah. You know, Jackson... We had a discussion probably five or six years ago, you know, and that's young. He said, "Dad, I want to play Division I college football." And I said, "Well it's gon' be really hard. You're going to have really work hard. Take advantage of the opportunities you have, but you got to really put in the time." And at that time he really started, kind of, going into eighth/ninth grade, really put in the time. We weren't even here at that time. Really started working toward wanting to be a Division I quarterback. So, obviously had some offers from Division I programs. The BC offer was with Coach Addazio whose now at Colorado State. Went out to Colorado State and it was beautiful, and the staff was outstanding, the facilitates were phenomenal. It's an outstanding school, it's a beautiful scene. We got caught up in the moment a little bit and committed. I wish we had waited a day and he got home and realized that was a long way away from home and we have a very close-knit family. So, he called me and my wife Carol on Monday on a conference call and said, "I think I've made a huge mistake. I don't know if I can go this far away from home." Ya know, I said, "That's the way you feel, you need to call these coaches immediately." So, it wasn't a flip like the article said. I mean, this was, made a mistake and we owned it, and we called the coaches immediately and let them know exactly what was going on in the process. Georgia's been recruiting Jackson since summer. He went over there to summer camp. He had a really good camp, and they were very impressed with him. They felt like in a walk-on situation they'd love to have him on their roster. Ya know, Coach Smart's known Jackson since he was born. So, obviously there's a relationship there. So, I felt like it was a good fit for him. It's what he wanted to do. He also in that conversation that we had a long time ago is, "Dad, I don't want to be where you are. Whether it's at Texas, if it's South Carolina, if it's at Florida, or wherever it is, Auburn, I want to blaze my own path, and be my own man." And I totally respect that. That's a unique position because it's a quarterback position and it's not a receiver, it's not a DB where you've got an opportunity to maybe get on special teams, to maybe play, to maybe get on the bus to be on the kickoff team or the punt. Well that's not happening at that position. And then he made a statement for a very young man at that time. I believe he was in eighth grade when he said that, "If I go where you are, the reason why I'm playing is because of you, and the reason why I'm not playing is because of you, and I don't want to get into that." And you know what? He's right. So, I'm proud of him and the opportunity that he's going to get and look forward to competing against him. - [Reporter] Is there any similar trait among this group of guys you've mentioned earlier in December that you've held through-- - Yeah. - [Reporter] In what was a tough time for you? - Well the addition obviously with Gilber and Ger-Cari, they were new. And the guys were excited to be able to add to our roster but, ya know, Alex Huntley and ZaQuandre were with us the whole time as far as, throughout the entire season, throughout the entire process, and never wavered in my opinion as far as being Gamecocks. - [Reporter] In terms of, I don't know how many guys you can speak of in terms of local guys that are signed with the program. But does that mean something to you being able to keep some of the guys in Columbia, whether the preferred walk-on or a scholarship guy to stay home and play for their hometown team? - Absolutely, I think it's convenient for the family, first of all. Speaking from experience. It's convenient to have them have the opportunity to stay here, it's the cool thing to do, to go to Columbia, to go the the University of South Carolina, to see the success that a lot of these guys that have stayed in state. Whether they were local or not but have stayed instate. I tell instate recruits this story all of time. Jadeveon Clowney, he has a vape shop here in Columbia, not in Seattle, not in Houston, and not in Rock Hill where he's from. Stephon Gilmore has a business here in town, not in New England, not in Rock Hill, but in Columbia. So, those are things to me that, as a student athlete here at the University of South Carolina, you can take huge advantage of. And football's going to end. We all have an expiration date. That's going to happen. And 99% of us, it ends before you want it to. Somebody's telling you it's over. So, again, I think it's take advantage of the opportunities that you have set in front of you, and I think a lot of our instate guys understand that. - [Reporter] Well, some of the other new guys to the program, Collin Hill and Adam Prentice, how have you seen them come along? - Good. - [Reporter] And I guess with Collin coming off the knee injury. - Well Collin's still rehabbing the knee, and they think he's ahead of where he should be right now as far as his strength is concerned, as far as his quad is concerned. And that's the biggest thing is the strength levels. And they think he's ahead of where he's supposed to be. He's working extremely hard to rehab the knee. Adam has been extremely impressive. He's going to be a really good football player for us. We've got outstanding leadership ability. All the intangible qualities you're looking for is exactly how Coach Bobo explained him before he got here. - [Reporter] And as far as the quarterback situation going into spring. How will that dynamic, sort of, play out for you guys as you juggle Collin with what he can do and mixing them in with-- - Well, I don't think Collin's going to take any snaps during the spring based on what I've been told. He will not be fully cleared until June, possibly May. I think, I'm just trying to get my months right. I think it's right at five and a half to six months, May maybe. So, he won't take any snaps in the spring. - [Reporter] Will, with ZaQuandre, how important was it that he get some experience into the running back crew considering you lost three seniors? - Kevin and Deshaun are the only two guys that played on Saturday afternoon in our league. To have an older guy come in that has been on that stage and understanding that part of it, I think, is important. But, those guys, all those five will have opportunities to take a huge part of our football team. - [Reporter] Is Gilber a guy you project at the buck position or would he maybe fit somewhere else? - No, I'm going to look at him inside. I think his space play and the way he runs in space and plays in space, he's only about 205 pounds right now, 208 maybe. So, he's a guy that does have pass-rush ability from his high school tape, but to see his space play was what excited me, to be able to see a guy play in space, play off the ball. We, really, right now only have seven scholarship linebackers. We only signed Mohamed Kaba at the position. I felt like I wanted to take another inside guy. We are projecting a little bit with him. You see the attributes of length and speed, and that's what you like on tape. He will stick his face in the fan, which is good. So, those are some attributes we like. - [Reporter] I know you like to watch some big guys play basketball. What do you think of Huntley playing lacrosse? - I think it's great. I think that, the first time I noticed him, obviously he had a good freshman year. And then to see a 280 pounder run up and down the field like they do. He's an attack, so he's always on the, I don't know if you know anything about lacrosse. I know a lot. In the last couple of years I've learned. But, he's got great stick skills. He's got great hand-eye coordination. He's a very difficult guy especially as big as he is and the girth he has to match up with some of the defenders, as far as that's concerned. So, but his athleticism, ya know, as I watching and I was like, I can't find 280 pounders that can run like this, that are the type of person he is. - [Reporter] When recruiting a prospect, how do you deal with a situation where a parent or parents are totally dominant in the equation and steer practically everything? How do you walk that fine line between trying to get cozy with the player, but deal with a situation like that? - I always recruit everybody. At the end of the day you want to recruit everybody and make everybody feel wanted and needed here at the University of South Carolina. We try to strictly promote our program as far as the academic side of it, which is as good as anybody in the Southeastern conference, the football side of it. Which we didn't have a good year this year but we're not far off from where we need to be as far as those things are concerned and our roster is concerned. The social side of Columbia, which I think is outstanding. And then, ya know, our staff, that, I think, can grow and develop a young man on and off the field as good as anybody in the country, and they can positively impact their life. And, so you recruit everybody in the family in those situations, in all situations. - [Reporter] Coach, when speaking with Boogie today he talked about the close-knit nature of this 2020 recruiting class. How have you seen that come together and how significant can that be in playing a role in helping develop, not just the 2020 class, but the entire program when you see a group like that come together before they even step foot onto campus? - Well, I think it really leads to leadership and guys that are willing to lead, and positively affect other guys. They have a text thread amongst the entire group and they're constantly talking about the things they need to be doing to be successful, and that says a awful lot about that. But that generally leads to good recruiting classes too 'cause you've got the right type of leadership, and obviously the quality of the player you need to have to win in this league. - [Reporter] When was the last time you had a three running back recruiting class? How long ago had that been? And when you have that kind of situation are you looking for different sets of skill sets or just three guys who can play? - I wouldn't know when the last time is. I don't know that I've been a part of a team that had three senior running backs. It felt like you needed to replenish the roster with that many guys. But, obviously you'd like to have some guys that give you some different skill sets, but the bottom line is production and guys that can be productive players. In our league you're gon' take hits. You can't throw a 175 pound back out there and think he's going to survive for 12 games. It's not going to happen. And you got to have multiple guys in our league. No matter how durable a player may be, you're going to need more than one or two guys in our league to make it through the season that we play, and the schedule we have. And I think that, you know, also the longevity in terms of you really look at the NFL now and the lack of first round running backs that are being taken. The longevity of backs is less and less. And so, to take less tread off of a player that has aspirations of playing on the next level, I think it's important as well. - [Reporter] Will you've never been shy about playing freshman or first year guys if they've proved that they can be in. Of this class, I mean, does that have the tendency to, that a good chunk of these guys can play right away? - Absolutely. I mean, there's guys that just from our mid-year guys that you're sitting there from a maturity standpoint. 'Cause I always say this that, ya know, obviously if we've signed a player we think he has the ability to help us. What is the opportunity at his position? And then, I think, that maturity goes back into a lot of playing as a young player. They're away from home for the first time. It's the first time in front of 80,000 people. They got to be able to learn the playbook and be disciplined enough to maybe spend some extra time to learn the playbook, to watch the film. They got to be coachable but a lot of that to me goes back to maturity. Obviously they're guys 'cause a huge part of our evaluation is intelligence. Ya know, they need to be able to be smart, and learn, and understand that, which I think all these guys are. So, but I think maturity has a lot to do with that, opportunity has a lot to do with it, and obviously skill level. But, you know, it's not a bad word to be redshirted. Two out of the last, I think, four Heisman Trophy winners were redshirted. And that doesn't mean they were bad players, it's just maybe the opportunity did not meet where they were at the time. And maybe they made huge improvements, but I think it was Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel were both redshirted, and they ended up being pretty good. - [Reporter] Wanted to double check. In terms of your guys' numbers, two of the August guys from last year count for this class and-- - We're at 24. - [Reporter] You're at 24. And are Collin and Adam both on scholarship or-- - Collin. - [Reporter] Coach, when you talk about the quarterback room, it's a young group, and you have an experienced guy like Collin coming in. How important will he be in terms of just helping managing the young minds? I know Ryan has experience but when you add a couple guys that are that young-- - Sure. - [Reporter] Just how pivotal of a role will he play in terms of helping develop and manage those minds? - Well, I think that as much as anything there's going to be some new terminology that Collin's familiar with and maybe Ryan, and Luke, and Jay are not at this point, they will be. And those guys are working extra on their own every single day to come up here and learn. So when we do start with the coaches that they've got a pretty good grasp of what we're trying to do. And that's the one thing in that group. We've got an outstanding group as far as work ethic is concerned, and intelligence is concerned, and maturity is concerned. So, those guys will be ready to go and certainly having Collin's experience do nothing but help. But Mike's also got a lot of experience in coaching young quarterbacks. And, so he understands what a guy can handle, what he can't handle, what we feel like we can do, and what we feel like we can't do. And, I think that his experience certainly will help us with that. Print Friendly Version
  16. Muschamp updates Hill's rehab, progress by Doty and other QBs Feb. 06, 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp discussed the team’s quarterbacks during the National Signing Day press conference on Wednesday. Two new players were added to the position last month: 4-star Luke Doty and Colorado State graduate transfer Collin Hill. “Luke Doty has been outstanding,” Muschamp said, as he updated the progress on some of the team’s midyear enrollees. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  17. Poll Question of the Week: With the changes Will Muschamp made to his staff, what's your level of optimism for the 2020 season? For me Moderately increased. In hopes for the beat but prepared for the worse.
  18. What new Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo looks for in a QB recruit January 31, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has some work to do, not as much on the offense-building side of things, but on the recruiting trail. In the two seasons with Dan Werner, the Gamecocks were successful in recruiting QBs to Columbia. He brought in two Elite 11 passers and top-75 national recruits in Ryan Hilinski and Luke Doty. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  19. What new Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo looks for in a QB recruit January 31, 2020, | GCF Staff Report Gamecock offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has some work to do, not as much on the offense-building side of things, but on the recruiting trail. In the two seasons with Dan Werner, the Gamecocks were successful in recruiting QBs to Columbia. He brought in two Elite 11 passers and top-75 national recruits in Ryan Hilinski and Luke Doty. Chances are Bobo will land his first passer at South Carolina in the next few months, as the staff starts assembling its 2021 class. He’s already talked to Werner target Colten Gauthier, and extended his first offer Tuesday to a prolific passer from Texas. And Bobo has some things he looks for at the position. Bobo said. “Number one is I want to go see that guy in person and see him throw the ball in person. See how the ball comes off his hand, his release. I want to look at his feet, what kind of balance does he have? What kind of athletic ability he has? And then you got to find out if he’s got it. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but to me what ‘it’ is — when he walks in a huddle, not just the team of guys believe in him, but those 85, 95 guys on the sideline believe this is the guy, too.” He pointed out that the proliferation of passing offenses in high school and the quarterbacking world in general means there’s at the very least a surplus of good throwers. The result is plenty of kids who can make it in 7-on-7 play, handle all their drops and shuffle through bags for footwork. But it means having to sift more through to measure abilities. Bobo added. “It’s harder and harder to find out nowadays ‘cause you’re having to offer out guys earlier and earlier. The key is you like to get ‘em into camp. You like to work with ‘em. You got to talk to a lot of people, and then I want guys that are winners. I want guys that are winners that play on championship football teams that their coaches say, ‘This is the guy that we won this championship, because of him.’” Bobo has not offered any quarterbacks since arriving on campus. He and Will Muschamp did stop at 2022 Georgia quarterback Gunner Stockton’s school in January. Stockton had done some training with George Bobo, Mike’s father, and plays for Jaybo Shaw, brother of Gamecocks legend and current director of player development Connor Shaw. Bobo was himself once a hotshot quarterback recruit, starring for teams coached by his father (his high school won a title the year after he left). Mark Richt tried to recruit him to powerhouse Florida State, but the South Georgia product stayed in-state to play for UGA, starting two years and leading the team to 10 wins in 1997. He’s worked with a range of passers, recruited some of the top quarterback recruits in the country and even got a player out of South Carolina Dorman’s Collin Hill to come out and play for him at Colorado State. (Hill will come to South Carolina as a grad transfer.) He was a part of Georgia pulling Aaron Murray, the No. 19 player in his class, out of Tampa, and Matthew Stafford, the No. 6 player in his class, out of Texas. Having played the position, Bobo has a level of empathy for the challenges and the perspective of being behind center, something almost no one else gets to experience as they go through games. Bobo said closed it out this way. “Everybody knows how to call plays (in the SEC) and everybody knows who the quarterback should have hit,It’s like I tell ‘em in every meeting, I said, ‘It’s easy when you got this clicker’ and were watching this film to say what you should’ve done. We’re looking at it from the press box, it’s easy, but what did you see? It’s trying to find out how he thinks, his mental approach. And then you got to have a guy that’s going to stand in there. You got to have a guy that’s got toughness.”
  20. 'Crush' no longer just orange January 31, 2020 Remember the Orange Crush? For many in the South Carolina fan base, it wasn’t the carbonated beverage produced by Pepsi, but a month of November that traditionally housed football games against college football powerhouses Tennessee, Florida and Clemson in that order to close out the season. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE 247SPORTS
  21. Football 1/27/2020 |GCF Staff Report Football Newcomers To Be Introduced at Saturday's Basketball Game Tickets Remain Available for 3:30 pm SEC Showdown with Missouri A few thousand tickets remain for Saturday's SEC men's basketball contest between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Missouri Tigers. Game time is set for 3:30 pm at Colonial Life Arena. (VIEW ARTICLE)
  22. Muschamp's return to coaching linebackers is familiar territory Jan. 20, 2020 With some shuffling to the Gamecock football staff this offseason, head coach Will Muschamp is set to shift his own position group responsibilities going forward. Muschamp has personally coached the safeties during his four-year tenure at South Carolina, but will have the MIKE and WILL linebackers beginning this spring. Special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler accepted a position as co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Texas recently, and Kyle Krantz was promoted to special teams coordinator. (VIEW ARTICLE) FREE GAMECOCKCENTRAL

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