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  1. Feaster decision could come at anytime July 10, 2019, | sportstalksc.com One of the top undeclared grad transfers in the country is former Clemson RB Tavien Feaster. The Spartanburg native is finishing up his summer schoolwork so that he can graduate in August with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Feaster said he has about two more weeks to go with his schoolwork, that includes a bio-lab and an internship with the City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Department thru which he has been working in camps and programs with young people. “100 percent. I’m going to graduate. That is no problem,” Feaster said Wednesday afternoon. Feaster said his football future has come down to two schools, USC and Virginia Tech. He has visited each this summer. He took an unofficial visit to Blacksburg where he got the chance to meet with head coach Justin Fuente and hear what he had to offer. “I liked it, I liked the players,” Feaster said. “I got to hang out with the offensive linemen.” And in the program they don’t have a feature running back, and running back is the only spot they are willing to take a grad transfer.” Feaster said Virginia Tech has remained in constant contact and he talked recently with recruiter Jafar Williams. As for USC, he said he hasn’t heard much from the Gamecocks since the dead period started. “I went to a 7-on-7 at South Carolina to watch my high school play, and I talked to the coaches while I was up there a little bit. They said I can come in and help them,” Feaster said. “Both schools have pros and cons. I couldn’t make a decision right now between the two. When I sat down and put it all on paper and in perspective, those two stood out.” As for any chance Feaster decides to return to Clemson, he has closed that door. “No sir, I think my time is up at Clemson,” he said. “I needed more opportunities at Clemson. I went from 1st team to third last spring (2018), and that was a blow. I thought this spring (2019) was my best spring, I feel like I had best my spring and left my mark there.” “I can carry a load for a team,” Feaster continued. “If I felt like I couldn’t carry the load, I wouldn’t have left Clemson. I feel like I’m the best in the country. I feel like given my opportunity, I will be the best in the country.” Graduation is in August but Feaster said he doesn’t plan to wait that long on deciding between the Gamecocks and Hokies. “As soon as my grades are in,” he said about a timetable. “But I could wake up one morning and just be feeling it, whatever I feel is the most comfortable situation, and getting the chance to accomplish what I want to accomplish.” Feaster leaves Clemson with career totals of 1330 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns, and 23 receptions for 183 yards and 1 touchdown. He played in 41 games, starting 11. His per carry average of 5.99 is second all time at Clemson behind Travis Etienne. Feaster was named Mr. Football in South Carolina following the 2015 season at Spartanburg High School when he accounted for over 2000 total yards and 22 touchdowns. He also was the state’s premier sprinter in high school and holds the state record for the 200 meters.
  2. Gamecock commit Luke Doty tried to recruit Tank Bigsby, Jaheim Bell to Gamecocks at The Opening, this is how July 12, 2019 South Carolina quarterback commit Luke Doty had the ideal opportunity to help the Gamecocks recruit some top targets. (VIEW FULL ARTICLE)
  3. Gamecock commit Luke Doty tried to recruit Tank Bigsby, Jaheim Bell to Gamecocks at The Opening, this is how July 12, 2019 South Carolina quarterback commit Luke Doty had the ideal opportunity to help the Gamecocks recruit some top targets. Where? At The Opening, Doty worked out with some of the best high school football talent in the country. And who happened to be there with him on a team but a pair of Gamecocks recruiting targets — the where explosive tight end Jaheim Bell and four-star running back Tank Bigsby. “I actually talked to them a lot,” Doty said. “They were on my team for The Opening finals, the 7-on-7, stuff like that. I got to talk to them a lot and be around them. (Gamecocks running back commit) MarShawn (Lloyd) and I, we’re definitely shooting our shot, giving our recruiting spiels to them. Jaheim decommitted from Florida, so I definitely think a flip is possible there. I think we’re in good shape with Tank too. “We get those two guys, I think we’ll be rolling.” Bigsby is the No. 50 recruit in the country in the 247 Sports composite rankings, a 2,000-yard, 206-pound tailback out of Callaway, Georgia. He’s been a top target for much of this recruiting cycle and the Gamecocks staff had been hoping to pair him with Lloyd, the No. 35 player in the land. Bell is the No. 377 player in the country, about 25 spots out of a four-star designation. The versatile 6-foot-2, 213 pounder projects to play the team’s smaller tight end spot. Bell posted 770 yards on 52 catches for Valdosta last season and played some direct-snap tailback. The quarterback’s message to both was simple. “Making sure they knew South Carolina was home,” Doty said. Doty had already spent some time with Bigsby, as the pair took their official visits on the same weekend. Getting a chance to work with both, he gave his impressions on the talent of each player. On Bigsby: “Tank is just a freak athlete. He can run it. He can catch it. He can get after it.” On Bell: “Jaheim is just really explosive off the ball. He can run any route in the route tree. He’s got some pretty great hands. ... He’s a big body. He can get off the ball really well. ... Definitely think we’re going to utilize his game in different situations. He can do it all.” South Carolina’s class currently has 14 members, plus a pair of transfers. That means nine or eight more spots depending on if USC can reel in Clemson transfer Tavien Feaster. If the Gamecocks were able to get Bigsby and Bell, they would likely be full at both spots for the 2020 cycle.
  4. Gamecocks will have two of there Football commits on National TV to open there seasons July 10, 2019 South Carolina football commits Marshawn Lloyd and Alex Huntley will have plenty of eyes watching them for the season openers. Lloyd’s Dematha High School (Maryland) team and Huntley’s Hammond squad will play their opening games on ESPN2 as part of the Geico High School Football Kickoff on Aug. 23-25. Dematha, ranked No. 24 in preseason will travel to California and take on second-ranked St. John Bosco on Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. Lloyd is ranked No. 35 in Class of 2020 by 247Sports. and committed to USC on May 28. He recently competed at The Opening last week. Hammond will open its season a day later and host Southern Columbia (Pa.) on Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. on ESPN2. Southern Columbia features No. 1 ranked receiver and Ohio State commit Julian Fleming. Huntley is ranked No. 164 in 247Sports Composite and committed to USC on June 8. The Skyahwks also feature Jordan Burch, who is ranked No. 1 in 247Sports Composite Rankings. Aug. 24 Dematha (Md.) vs. St. John Bosco (Calif.), 9 p.m. (ESPN2) Aug. 25 Southern Columbia (Pa.) at Hammond, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
  5. Monday morning recruiting report July 01, 2019 CB Joey Hunter of Tyrone, GA is set to announce his commitment on Tuesday. His only official visit was to USC June 22nd. He also has made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Colorado. Hunter said Sunday he’s made his decision and will release it via Twitter. The choice came down to USC and Texas A&M. Syracuse, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Pitt also were on his short list. USC target RB Tank Bigsby of Hoganville, GA told the interviewers at the check-in that he will take an official visit to Georgia for the Notre Dame game. He took official visits to USC and Auburn in June. And another USC target who was interviewed, DE Reggie Grimes of Brentwood, TN, said he has set his official visit with Tennessee for the Georgia game October 5th. He has visited USC and previously set his official to Alabama for the Southern Miss game September 21st. USC target 2021 QB Colten Gauthier of Dacula, GA said he does not plan to make his decision this summer and is looking more at the fall. ” Will be coming to a game this season (at USC) then will hopefully make a decision then.” His offers include USC, Miami, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Vandy, UCF, West Virginia, UCF, Syracuse, Kentucky, Colorado, Duke and Boston College. USC made the top 15 with 2021 WR Demario Williams along with Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Michigan, Arizona State, Georgia, Florida State, Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, Miami and Tennessee.
  6. Muschamp camp update June 19, 2019 South Carolina’s Will Muschamp football camps Wednesday’s had the 247’s top-rated player in CB Jairo Faverus from the United Kingdom part of the PPI group that works with international football players, they were in town as part of a tour of at least 15 college camps. Faverus is a West Virginia commit, other schools involved Penn State and Georgia Tech. Also Swedish tight end Victor Wikstrom. Wikstrom only claims a WVU offer, but he was getting a long look from Bobby Bentley during drills. Wikstrom stands at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds and moved well. ▪ Four-star TE Nick Elksnis out of Jacksonville Episcopal was in town today. He was chatting with Muschamp and Bobby Bentley as things started to ramp up. The 6-foot-6, 225 pounder is the No. 11 tight end in the country for 2021. He claims offers from FSU, Miami and Michigan. Last year, he reportedly had 225 yards and four scores on 17 catches for a 7-3 team. ▪ Four-star DE Naquan Brown the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder came down from Virginia Breach, reportedly with his high school teammate Myles Alston. Brown has offers from LSU, Michigan, Penn State, and LSU. The cousin of Virginia Tech’s Jaevon Becton, he had 12 sacks last season.
  7. Updates from Muschamp camp June 15, 2019 The South Carolina football program came off two days of 7-on-7 tournaments and lineman camp Saturday, with a smaller cadre of players at the Gamecocks indoor facility. But they had plenty of talent on hand. There were five official visitors spotted, none working out. The group included Mississippi safety Janari Dean, Conway defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway, Miami defensive lineman Elijah Roberts, Alabama tight end Eric Shaw, plus local commit Alex Huntley, who took his official this weekend. Hemingway is an in-state four-star who could be a big part of the 2020 class. Roberts is listed at 267, but in person, that number doesn’t quite capture the size of him. Shaw has posted some explosive numbers in high school and has a very large pair of hands. Shaw and Roberts are top-400 prospects nationally, at the high end of four-star talents. ▪ One interesting visitor was Justin Robinson from Eagle’s Landing Christian in Georgia. He’s a UGA commit and four-star recruit, and appeared to be hanging out with teammates who were participating. ▪ During the receiver and defensive back 1-on-1s, the coaches and some players were getting into it. They were betting pushups on who won, with folks such as Bryan McClendon and Israel Mukuamu doing pushups when their guy came out on the wrong end of the drill. Jaycee Horn was also into it, a vocal presence talking trash to folks on the offensive side and helping out some of the younger players. ▪ Former NFL All-Pro Joe Horn was in Saturday, not to see his son Jaycee, a star South Carolina sophomore, but to take his younger son Jaycob to camp. The younger Horn is 6-foot-1, 205 pound wide receiver/safety, he seemed to get some attention from the staff and holds an Ole Miss offer. He had 42 tackles on defense last year. Another brother in town was Alim Legette, younger brother of recent Gamecocks enrollee Xavier Legette. The two were throwing a ball around during lunch. The younger Legette was in with a group from Mullins High School. The younger Legette is a rising junior. He played JV QB and varsity wide receiver, catching passes from his older brother. He’s the No. 325 player in his class, and at the end of the camp, it appeared he and offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon were engaged in conversation and walking toward the football operations building. ▪ In terms of campers, offensive line was probably the most notable position. A few were 2021 tackle Yousef Mugharbil, a four-star out of Murphy, N.C., Colin Henrich, a guard out of Leesburg, Virginia, and Eli Henderson, a 2022 tackle out of Byrnes who holds a South Carolina and Georiga offer among others. ▪ An interesting pass rusher to watch was Lincolnton, N.C., product Travali Price. He’s 6-foot-3, 240 pounds heading into his junior season. He looked solid in drills and had 15 1/2 sacks last season.
  8. POSTED ON JUNE 12, 2019 by NOAH PATHEJA from THESPURSUPSHOW.COM Let’s Take A Take Closer Look At The Top Remaining Targets For The 2020 Recruiting Class South Carolina just had a huge recruiting weekend where they picked up five commits, including four star DT Alex Huntley. This boosted their 2020 recruiting class up to the number five class in the SEC and the number 10 class nationally according to the 247sports composite rankings. Although the Gamecocks picked up a lot of commitments from Muschamp’s summer camp, they still have plenty of talented targets left who could launch this class into the top five nationally. Here are the top three players left to get for the 2020 recruiting cycle: 4 star OL Issiah Walker Jr. Walker the 17th ranked tackle and 149th player nationally. He has already committed to the Gamecocks, but it almost feels like he’s still unsure of where he wants to go. He posted a graphic on his twitter page that seemed to show his top schools. He also visited Florida, and it looks like he still might be considering them as much as South Carolina. Muschamp will have to fight to keep him in Columbia. 5 star DE Jordan Burch This will be the most interesting battle for a recruit because it seems to be between South Carolina and their top two rivals, Clemson and Georgia. A lot of people see Burch as the next Jadaveon Clowney. It’s almost impossible to tell who he is leaning towards, but he has taken plenty of visits to South Carolina recently. I think it’s fair to say that they’re trending for him. 4 star RB Tank Bigsby South Carolina already has four star Marshawn Lloyd, who was a surprise commit, and this could hurt South Carolina’s chance to land Bigsby. Bigsby is still favored to go to South Carolina, but Georgia is also recruiting him even though South Carolina needs a running back more. I think Bigsby will eventually commit to South Carolina due to the fact that they need him more. Muschamp also brought out an actual tank for Bigsby to pose on, and that could be part of a commitment video. Conclusion There’s still a lot more talent out there that South Carolina could land to finish with a top five class. This includes guys like Desmond Evans, Tonka Hemingway and Reggie Grimes, but the three I described above are the most interesting to me
  9. Hammond coach Erik Kimrey to talks about the athletic exploits of Alex Huntley June 11, 2019 6-foot-4, 285 pounds, Huntley, is a force for the Skyhawks’ defense and one of the top defensive linemen in the country for 2020 class. The rising senior committed to South Carolina on Saturday and Kimrey knows Huntley could make an impact when he steps on USC’s campus during his freshman year. Kimrey has witnessed first-hand at Hammond since he was on a visit to the school during his eighth-grade year. Huntley is a larger than life figure at Hammond but has stayed grounded the lofty accolades and college coaches constantly at the school to see him and teammate Jordan Burch. It wouldn’t be odd to see Huntley right in the middle student section cheering at Skyhawks basketball games. Huntley was voted as the senior class president and Kimrey points out that two years the Hammond’s class president went on to Harvard and roomed with President Obama’s daughter. Kimrey said Huntley could have a future in politics and some of his commitment video showed scenes from when he was at the SC statehouse for when Hammond was invited for winning the state title. “I think Boogie (Huntley’s) will have a 10-year impact on the culture here at Hammond,” Kimrey said. “When a fifth grader walks in the weight room and sees Boogie working harder than anyone there and then he comes up and talks to the fifth grader and spends time with him. That goes a long way for kids who idolize and look up to him. Those kind of qualities are rare for an athlete of his caliber. “He’s got an infectious personality and has embraced every opportunity that has been given to him. He has played five different sports (football, baseball, basketball, sporting clays, track) He has been rewarding to watch and I get a little emotional thinking about him and what he has accomplished. He has become like family and I am excited that I can bring my family and watch him play college football. Huntley likes a good challenge. Kimrey recalls a moment in his philosophy/religion class when Huntley got into a disagreement with some of his classmates that said he couldn’t dunk a basketball. Kimrey gave Huntley three chances to dunk and if that happened the class would have a free day outside. Huntley delivered. “He makes everything fun,” Kimrey said. “Our practices are fun because of his energy. He has such a tremendous impact on every practice that whatever he does, that’s how the team goes.” On the field, Kimrey thinks Huntley won’t be a spectator long when he gets to USC, although he won’t be able to enroll early because Hammond doesn’t offer block scheduling and he has the same classes. But with the proximity of Hammond to USC, he will likely be able to visit the campus often in the spring. Kimrey said. “He has a quick twitch and is an absolute monster on the football field. He will have an immediate impact and play as a freshman at USC.”
  10. Friday morning recruiting report May 17, 2019 DE Myles Murphy of Powder Springs is set to announce his commitment at his spring football game Friday night around 7:30 PM. He has named Clemson and Auburn as his two finalists. And RB Kobe Pryor of Cedartown has had a final group of Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Auburn and LSU. He has already made his decision and informed the school. Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott was at the school Monday to scout Pryor who plans to announce his decision with a Twitter video around noon Saturday. 2021 QB Garrett Nussmeier (6-1 175) of Flower Mound, TX was offered by USC. 2021 SAF TreVeyon Henderson of Hopewell, GA was offered by USC. He visited last season. He also picked up recent offers from Oklahoma and Tennessee. CB Dominick Hill of Orlando said USC leads Texas and Missouri for him at this point. He’ll take an official visit to USC end of this month. Georgia is also in the mix. Highly regarded 2022 QB Terian Williams of Lilburn, GA was scouted this spring by USC recruiter Coleman Hutzler. He plans to attend a camp at USC June 21st.
  11. Tuesday morning Gamecock recruiting report May 04, 2019 USC target CB Jamorri Colson of Ocilla, GA was offered by Tennessee and Auburn. Former Gamecock commit OL Javion Cohen of Phenix City, AL was offered by Oklahoma and Virginia Tech. USC offered 2021 RB/DB Yulkeith Brown of Miami.
  12. Monday morning football recruiting report May 06, 2019 USC offered DB Janari Dean of Batesville, MS. Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Indiana are some of his other offers. USC offered 2021 DE Travali Price of Lincolnton, NC. USC offered 2021 QB Eli Stowers of Denton, TX according to 247Sports. USC offered 2022 LB Richard Thomas of Ft. Lauderdale. USC offered DE Derrell Bailey of Greenback, TN. Some other offers are Purdue, Missouri, Oregon, Charlotte, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Appalachian State and others. USC offered LB Allen Merrick of Gadsden, AL.
  13. How Muschamp, Gamecocks have adjusted their recruiting plan this week November 26, 2018 There’s somewhat of a running joke that every college football staff wants to coach on conference championship weekend but also hates losing out on valuable recruiting time. South Carolina’s Will Muschamp will be coaching, not in a championship game, and his staff has to balance getting ready for Akron and sneaking out a little to talk with some prospects. The contact period opened Sunday night, meaning coaches can go face-to-face with recruits for this year’s class and next. USC is currently sitting at six open spots in the 2019 class, with 17 commits and two transfers, and things could shift with some potential decommits and former signee Tyquan Johnson at prep school. Muschamp said USC coaches hit the phones to talk to recruits on Sunday night and will soon enough hit the road. “This week starts contact period, so we’ll all be out. Since we practice in the morning, we’ll utilize Thursday afternoon and Thursday night to recruit,” Muschamp said. “We’ll all be out Thursday, Friday in the morning and then be back with our team in the afternoon. Some of the coaches will be out on Friday night. We’ve got some official visits coming in this weekend.” He added that USC used all of its limited number of coaches’ evaluations allowed during the fall. USC’s class is currently ranked 20th nationally with five four-star prospects and a five star. The group only has one defensive back at the moment, something that will likely change, and might need another offensive lineman in the mix. Beyond that, the staff is in position to take the best talent available. There’s also the little matter of Akron, a team that handed Big Ten West champion Northwestern a loss but also went 2-6 in a not-great MAC. Muschamp said Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday would be focused on the game at hand. The plan wasn’t to be playing unless it was in the SEC title game in Atlanta, but a hurricane-rescheduled game and chance at clinching a better-than-.500 record add more to what would already be a busy week. “A lot of different things going on,” Muschamp said. “But we’ll be on the road Thursday and Friday.”
  14. Updates on SAF Dedrrick Holmes & ATH Jashon Watkins Oct. 09, 2018 SAF Dedrrick Holmes of Evans, GA made it to USC Saturday for another unofficial visit. He got the chance to visit with Travaris Robinson after the game but due to the circumstances caused by the weather, he was not able to get into an extended conversation. He said Robinson wants him back for another visit. He will visit Auburn this Saturday. ATH Jashon Watkins of Nashville said USC is still involved in his recruiting and he plans to visit soon. The Gamecocks are in his final 8 with Memphis, Mississippi State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Arkansas.
  15. Gamecocks burning up recruiting trail in last two weeks June 05, 2018 As we enter June, the biggest surprise in the recruiting world is the South Carolina Gamecocks. Will Muschamp and company currently have 14 commitments for the 2019 class and as things stand right now, the Gamecocks are ranked in the top-five nationally according to 247sports.com. It has been a great two-week stretch for South Carolina, adding four defensive standouts to their 2019 class. Here is a look at the newest South Carolina commitments who have elevated the Gamecocks class. Linebacker Jahmar Brown The particulars: Brown (6-feet-1, 200-pounds) is a three-star prospect from Opa Locka (FL) St Thomas Aquinas. He committed to South Carolina on May 24. The skinny: Brown is among the top-40 outside linebackers in the country for the 2019 class. He had offers from Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and many others before committing. Defensive End Zacch Pickens The particulars: Pickens (6-feet-4, 268-pounds) is a five-star prospect from Anderson, (SC) T L Hanna. He committed to South Carolina on May 25. The skinny: Pickens is a dominant defensive lineman who is considered to be the No. 1 strong-side end in the country and a top-15 overall talent nationally. Pickens, who is also the No. 1 overall prospect in South Carolina for 2019, had offers from all over the country. He committed to South Carolina over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and many others. Defensive End Joseph Anderson The particulars: Anderson (6-feet-4, 264-pounds) is a four-star prospect from Murfreesboro, (TN) Siegel. He committed to South Carolina on June 1. The skinny: Anderson is considered to be among the top-15 strong-side ends in the country and is also a top-225 overall talent nationally. A top-10 prospect in Tennessee, Anderson committed to South Carolina over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and many others. Linebacker Derek Boykins The particulars: Boykins (6-feet-1, 224 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Concord, (NC) Central Cabarrus. He committed to South Carolina on June 2. The skinny: Boykins is among the top-30 outside linebackers in the country and a top-20 prospect from North Carolina. Boykins had offers from over 20 programs including Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Ole miss and Tennessee before committing to South Carolina. Interesting to note about these four newest Gamecocks commitments is all four are from different states. Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are all represented, meaning South Carolina is attracting talent from all over the southeast. South Carolina currently has commitments from five of the top-315 prospects in the nation for the class of 2019, which is more than Florida and Tennessee combined. Yes, it’s early, but South Carolina is making a lot of noise on the recruiting trail. Will it last? We will have to wait and see. Running Back Kevin Harris This Kevin Harris, a 5-foot-11, 229-pound running back from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Ga., now committed to South Carolina. Straight-line speed must have been a concern for other Power 5 schools, because his offer sheet features the service academies and a handful of Southern Conference schools. Apparently, South Carolina’s coaches thought the 4.56 40-yard dash time he put down on Tuesday was good enough. At his size, that speed is more than serviceable. A 4.56 40 plays in the SEC, even if you’re a biscuit or two short of 229 pounds. Take a quick look at the junior highlights for South Carolina’s Harris. The size is obvious. And he runs like a load, too. He has a similar size and skill set to the bigger backs — Rico Dowdle, Deshaun Fenwick and Ty’Son Williams — South Carolina has signed under coach Will Muschamp. While Harris is a powerful runner who probably will be asked to get downhill at South Carolina, his highlights show a guy with light feet, tremendous balance and vision. Plus, when Air Force, Army and Navy come calling, it’s pretty clear that he checks off a lot of boxes that online star counters usually don’t consider. Oh, by the way, he’s squatted 550 pounds and power-cleaned 350. One would have to assume his bench press max is pretty darn impressive, too. There’s a lot to like about this Kevin Harris, even if he’s not one of those highly rated guys — like that Kevin Harris or the other prospects ranked inside the state of Georgia’s top 10 in 2019.
  16. The secret ingredients to South Carolina's recruiting approach April 22, 2018 South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson revealed his secret recipe for recruiting to a crowd of Gamecocks fans in Augusta last week. “I think we recruit differently from everybody else,” Robinson told the Augusta Gamecock Club. “We do a thorough background check. We don’t just ask the head coach.” Who do they ask about potential recruits? “I want to talk to the janitor,” Robinson said. “If that janitor knows your name in the school, that means you’re doing something right. That tells me something. That tells me you’re a good person. It’s easy to talk to the principal. I know the principal knows your name, but does the equipment guy know your name? Those are the kinds of people I like to talk to in recruiting. “We have to get some better players and we’re doing that. We have to get the right kind of guys in the building.” South Carolina’s assistant coaches are constantly pushed in recruiting by head coach Will Muschamp, Robinson said. “He’ll talk to the kids and if he knows more about what they’re up to than you do, that’s a problem,” Robinson said. “He holds you to a standard because of the way he recruits. He out-recruits us so that makes us better recruiters.” Robinson also explained to the crowd how his recruiting message has changed from his time at Auburn to his time at South Carolina. “When I was recruiting for Auburn, I was like, ‘Little Johnny is not going to get lost on campus,’ ” Robinson said. “At South Carolina, it’s a little different.” Because the USC campus is located within the city of Columbia, Robinson sells that to recruits as a way of learning to adapt to city life in anticipation of living in a large city while playing professional football, he said. “All about how you sell it,” Robinson said. THE STATE
  17. Sizing up one of Will Muschamp’s top targets April 17, 2018 ‘I need you here’ It’s been written several times in this space, but when Will Muschamp identifies a prospect he really wants to sign, he will personally recruit him. Four-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge (Concord, N.C.) was among the 2018 prospects who fell into that category. There already are a handful of such prospects in the 2019 class, one of whom is from the same town as Sandidge: 3-star linebacker Derek Boykins, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound star at Central Cabarrus High School. Muschamp’s message: “I need you here,” according to Boykins. South Carolina, like so many other college programs, including Clemson, North Carolina and Tennessee, “love his versatility,” Central Cabarrus coach Kenneth McClamrock said. “On film, he’s playing outside linebacker, he’s playing inside linebacker, he’s playing quarterback, he’s playing running back for us, so they like the fact that he’s able to play multiple positions,” McClamrock said. “I think everyone sees him as an inside linebacker at the next level. They see him at 220 pounds right now. “They see that he’s going to play at 235 in two years and be even faster and be even stronger. They love his explosiveness. … He plays with an intensity and a passion and they love the way that he responds to his teammates. “They see him making a big play and the first thing he does is he turns around and hugs one of his teammates. That, of course, leads into what kind of kid he is, and he’s a great kid.” According to the 247Sports composite, Boykins is ranked as the No. 32 outside linebacker in the Class of 2019. Brotherly love Earlier this month, Boykins visited North Carolina with his brother, 2021 athlete DeAndre Boykins. The Tar Heels offered the younger Boykins (5-10, 165). “We were always different,” Derek said. “He’s shifty. He’s getting out of his cuts real fast and he’s always played slot wide receiver, corner and that, played a little bit of running back. He can run, for real.” Derek added, “He’s smart. He knows how to play.” Apparently, DeAndre is about his business, too. “Doesn’t screw around. He comes to the weight room to work,” McClamrock said. “We lost a game last year and we’re playing music at practice. He came up to me, a freshman, three weeks into the season and goes, ‘Coach, I don’t think we need to listen to music today. Our guys need to focus better.’ ” With college coaches now permitted to hit the road for evaluations, McClamrock believes DeAndre “will have a busy spring.”
  18. News, notes and observations from The Opening, Elite 11 April 16, 2018 MINT HILL, N.C. — There were a handful of South Carolina recruiting notes to pass along from The Opening and Elite 11 stop outside of Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday. The field of participants at this camp was lower than in years past, in part because this stop in the Charlotte area was only advertised an Elite 11 event. Earlier this spring, 4-star athlete J.R. Walker visited South Carolina to check out the Gamecocks during practice. “The practice was fast-paced. Everybody was moving around. Everybody was having fun. I got a chance to watch the safeties, to see how they work the drills, how they move and stuff like that,” Walker said. “That was pretty good.” The Gamecocks, like most everyone else, have offered Walker as a defensive back. Some like him at cornerback. One program wants him to play wide receiver. Walker wants to play defensive back. “I’d rather hit than get hit,” he said. Future war daddies? There were a few other position players in attendance, including three of the top 2020 defensive linemen from the state of South Carolina — all of whom are rated by 247Sports as some of the best prospects in the country. The highest among that trio, Alex Huntley, is a tackle from Hammond School in Columbia. His teammate, 2020 quarterback Jackson Muschamp, was also at the camp on Sunday. Muschamp’s dad was there, too. On the 247Sports ranking sheet, Huntley (6-4, 295) checks in ahead of fellow ends Tonka Hemingway of Conway and Demonte Capehart of Hartsville, and it was Huntley who appeared to be the best of the three on Sunday. But all of the 4-star prospects won multiple reps during 1-on-1 work against offensive linemen. Huntley and Hemingway have already been offered by the Gamecocks. From counter moves, to nice hand placement and quick first steps, Huntley won reps in a variety of ways. He also out-performed 2019 4-star prospects C.J. Clark (New London, N.C.) and Ben Smiley (Chesapeake, Va.). The top interior offensive lineman was 3-star prospect Jacob Monk, a 2019 center who considered an offer from South Carolina before committing to Duke. Most of the competitive work during the camp was spent near those guys, so there’s not too much to pass along from the skill positions. Elite 11 observations While watching the quarterbacks throw against air, the younger Muschamp worked in line next to Luke Doty, a 2020 prospect from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who lists an offer from the Gamecocks. Both zipped some nice, crisp passes through fairly windy conditions. Doty (6-2, 189) tested well during the combine portionof the camp, posting numbers that were all in the 90th percentile. There’s no word yet on Muschamp’s combine figures, but it’s pretty clear that he has the tools to be a productive quarterback for Hammond School, where he’s coached by former South Carolina quarterback Erik Kimrey. Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, an Elite 11 alumnus, worked as a counselor during the camp. Boyd was particularly impressed with 2019 3-star recruit Brendon Clark (Midlothian, Va.), who’s committed to Wake Forest. Boyd also mentioned 2019 3-star Davis Beville (Greenville, S.C.), a non-committed prospect with offers from Pittsburgh, Appalachian State, Cincinnati and Georgia State. Another quarterback of note, 2019 3-star prospect Garrett Shrader (Charlotte, N.C.), left about halfway through the camp. The Mississippi State commitment was once among the top South Carolina targets in 2019. SECCOUNTRY
  19. Future South Carolina QB picked for a second national all-star game April 13, 2018 South Carolina football quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski is already an Under Armour All American, with a spot secured in the all-star game in Orlando. Thursday he picked up an invite to another all-star game. The Polynesian Bowl tweeted out Hilinski had been selected for the 2019 game set for Saturday, Jan. 19 in Aloha Stadium. HilinskiPoly Hilinski expects to be an early enrollee, so it remains to be seen if he can actually play in the game. The 6-foot-4, 222-pound passer out of Orange Lutheran is a four-star prospect and the No. 308 player in the class of 2019 in the 247Composite rankings. Last season, he threw for 3,749 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions. That includes 538 yards in one game. His top wide receiver, four-star Kyle Ford, also has an invite.
  20. South Carolina makes the cut for pair of blue chip football recruits April 11, 2018 South Carolina is in the top five New London, N.C. defensive lineman C.J. Clark released on Tuesday. The others are North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 303 pound tackle unofficially visited Columbia in February. He had 79 tackles as a junior, nine sacks a fumble forced and a pass breakup on a defense that allowed 13.8 points per game. Notes: ▪ South Carolina and Clemson are in Savannah linebacker Kalen DeLoach's top nine he released Tuesday night. The others are on his short list are Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan, Texas A&M, Auburn, Florida State and LSU. ▪ Miami 2020 offensive lineman Issiah Walker plans to announce his college commitment at his spring game in mid May. South Carolina has been strong with him since offering and appears to be in good shape with him at this point. He also has offers from Florida, South Florida and Kentucky. ▪ Gamecocks defensive back target Chris Steele will take official visits to Oklahoma and LSU the next two weekends. He told 247Sports he also will visit Florida on June 8 and will set a visit with Southern Cal. He's undecided on a fifth official but plans a return unofficial to USC.
  21. What's next for Frank Martin and South Carolina basketball recruiting? April 05, 2018 By this time next week, South Carolina should officially have two new players on its 2018-19 roster. Both Jermaine Couisnard and Alanzo Frink, a pair of USC verbal commitments, can sign national letters of intent beginning April 11. That gives the Gamecocks a physical guard and a versatile forward for next year’s team and beyond. But the signing period lasts until May 16, meaning Frank Martin and company have ample time to fill their two remaining open scholarships. So who’s next? Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweeted Thursday that Carolina is among three Power 5 programs to show interest in Florida Gulf Coast grad transfer Zach Johnson. Johnson is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard who averaged 16.1 points per game last season en route to a first team All-Atlantic Sun honor. Like Martin, Johnson is from Miami. He was rated as South Florida’s top prospect coming out of Miami Norland High School. Johnson on March 30 announced he was entering the NBA draft, but not hiring an agent. He has until June 11 to withdraw his name from the draft and return to college. All notable mock drafts don’t include Johnson being selected. FGCU is in a coaching transition after Joe Dooley left for East Carolina on Wednesday. Mike Cunningham, formerly of USC Upstate, is another grad transfer on South Carolina’s radar. The 6-foot guard averaged 13.7 points and 3 assists for the Spartans in 2017-18. “I expect another guard to come in, but I also think they’re going to get the right guy,” said Corey Evans, national recruiting analyst for Rivals. “He might not be a highly touted guy like Frink was or even Cousinard was, but they’re also guys that fit the ethos of what Frank believes in, and that’s just hard-working, blue-collar guys who have no ego.” T.J. Moss, a four-star guard from Memphis who attends Findlay Prep in Nevada, is scheduled to visit South Carolina next weekend. The Gamecocks are among several schools to reportedly offer Moss, including Memphis. The Tigers hired prominent alumnus Penny Hardaway on March 20. Hardaway coached Moss at Memphis East High School. “He really evolved throughout the years,” Evans said of Moss. “He’s more of a high volume shooter. Notice I say shooter and not shot-maker. He kind of evolved and became a play-maker to a degree. “He’s not a high-level, high-ceiling guy. But he’s a very, very sturdy, efficient playmaker and facilitator and kind of guy that plays with a lot of composure, a lot of patience. He sets the floor for his guys. He doesn’t take a lot of risks, but he also makes a lot of the right plays.” South Carolina’s 2018 class – as it stands now – ranks 12th among SEC teams on Rivals.com. “I think it’s a pretty solid group,” Evans said. “It was late-blooming, but hopefully they’ll get Brian Bowen to also seize his eligibility. Cousinard is a day one guy. Even if he’s not producing in the shot-making category, I think his hard-working demeanor is going to help them out. So will Frink. “I think they’re gonna add a guard here late in the year – if it’s Moss, if it’s another grad transfer, whatever it is. They’re involved with (four-star St. Louis point guard) Courtney Ramey. That thing is still wide open.” THE STATE
  22. Top Georgia targets return for spring game April 03, 2018 A strong visitors list Several top 2019 prospects from Georgia visited South Carolina on Saturday for the Garnet and Black spring game. All of the players listed below are 4-star prospects. No. 9 Jaylen McCollough, safety (Powder Springs) No. 16 Keiondre Jones, guard (Hogansville) No. 27 Warren McClendon, tackle (Brunswick) No. 28 Curtis Fann, defensive end (Twin City) No. 34 Kalen Deloach, linebacker (Savannah) Back again Three-star defensive end commitment Rodricus Fitten (Atlanta) was there, too. The longest-tenured South Carolina pledge has played a recruiting role, as the Gamecocks continue pursuing Fann. “He just talks to me, tells me to come there, that’s all,” Fann said with a laugh. “It isn’t really much of a pitch.” That’s left for Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp. “[Muschamp] always tells me that he needs me there, he wants me there,” Fann said. On Saturday, Fann was joined by his mother, godmother and cousins. “It was good. It was a great environment,” he said. Fann, who checked in at 6-foot-2, 251 pounds last month at The Opening regional stop in Atlanta, liked what he saw from the Gamecocks on Saturday. “I think they’re going in the right direction, which was expected,” he said. “They’re maximized on the defensive side and I think it’s going to show, going to show this year.” This spring, Fann also has visited Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. He plans to take more visits but hasn’t firmed up any plans. Several factors will be considered as he nears a decision, though there is no timeline for a commitment. “My relationship with the coaches and how my family likes it, but at the same time, it’s my decision,” Fann said. “I want other people’s opinions. … And just how the people act, just learning people.” 2-way player South Carolina is recruiting McCollough to play two positions, one on offense and one on defense. “When I talk to Coach Muschamp, he said he wants me to play both ways, running back and defensive back, that stood out to me,” McCollough said. “Other than that, I feel South Carolina is on the come up and they’ll be one of the teams to mess with in the SEC.” South Carolina is the only SEC school that’s presented him with that option. “It’s just different,” McCollough said. “I feel I can go up there and have an immediate impact as a freshman, so that’s always a factor. And it’s just a different atmosphere, a different environment.” Muschamp has made a good impression. “He’s just a cool guy, a defensive minded person and I like that,” McCollough said. “I know for sure the defense is going to be stopping people. He’s just real laid-back, real chill.” McCollough added, “He really just says he wants me up there, it doesn’t matter what position or when, he just wants me to come play.” And there’s a chance McCollough could link up with Fann and join the Gamecocks 2019 class. “I talk to Curt almost every week and we catch up. We actually talk about South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia. We’re actually serious about South Carolina,” McCollough said. Gamecocks at The Opening How did South Carolina’s two commitments test at The Opening stop in Atlanta? DE Rodricus Fitten (6-2, 221) 40-yard-dash: 4.65 seconds shuttle: 4.3 seconds vertical jump: 32 inches power ball throw: 30 feet SPARQ score: 89.22 TE Keshawn Toney (6-3, 236) 40-yard-dash: 4.86 seconds shuttle: 4.46 seconds power ball throw: 35 feet SECCOUNTRY
  23. Gamecocks options at quarterback in next class April 03, 2018 One of the top South Carolina recruiting targets for the Class of 2019 came off the board on Tuesday when 3-star quarterback Garrett Shrader committed to Mississippi State. Seven days ago, the Gamecocks appeared to be in great shape for Shrader, who was preparing for a two-day trip to Starkville, Miss., to visit with the Bulldogs and coach Joe Moorhead. That trip, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, sealed the deal. The relationship between Shrader (Charlotte, N.C.) and Moorhead dates back nearly a year. On June 4, Shrader camped at Penn State and was offered while Moorhead was on staff as offensive coordinator. Ten days later, Shrader attended camp at South Carolina and was offered by then-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper. On Dec. 2, just days after Moorhead was hired at Mississippi State, Shrader had an offer from the Bulldogs. Though South Carolina won the total visit count and had him on campus for the most recent visit, Shrader is now on board with the Bulldogs. Where do the Gamecocks turn now? Fortunately, for coach Will Muschamp, offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner, Shrader wasn’t the only 2019 quarterback who was on campus last weekend. Four-star prospect Ryan Hilinski (Orange, Calif.) arrived in Columbia late Thursday night and stuck around through the spring game on Saturday afternoon. South Carolina currently occupies a spot on his top-7 list, which also includes Georgia, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon. The next round of cuts will be made after Hilinski wraps up some visits later this month. After he reaches that top 3, a commitment is expected to follow in late May. South Carolina continues to be in a strong position for Hilinski and with the news from Tuesday, it would be hard to imagine a final 3 that does not include the Gamecocks. Taulia Tagovailoa, a 3-star recruit from Alabaster, Ala., could take an official visit to South Carolina later this month. However, it’s widely believed that he’ll eventually join his brother, Tua, and commit to Alabama. South Carolina has offered at least three other 2019 quarterbacks: 4-star propsects Sam Howell (Monroe, N.C.) and Taisun Phommachanh (Avon, Conn.), as well as 3-star recruit Jacob Conover (Chandler, Ariz.). The Gamecocks haven’t had much involvement with Howell since Werner was hired. Phommachanh visited last month, but he has several high-profile suitors. Expect Muschamp and staff. to put the full-court press on Hilinski, who’s scheduled to return to Georgia in a couple of weeks. According to the 247Sports composite, Hilinski is ranked as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2019. SECCOUNTRY
  24. Saturday night update with more on USC visits April 01, 2018 USC QB target Ryan Hilinski of Orange, CA plans to announce his top seven on Sunday at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. He visited USC over the weekend with family members. Per Hale McGranahan of SECCountry, some other top 2019 USC targets spotted on the sideline prior to the spring game were LB Kalen Deloach of Savannah, DL CJ Clark of New London, NC, DE Curtis Fann of Twin City, GA, OL Keiondre Jones of Hogansville, GA and OL Warren McClendon of Brunswick, GA. McGranahan also reported 2020 DL Tonka Hemingway of Conway USC offered 2021 LB Dameon Wilson of Kings Mountain, NC and he visited Saturday for the spring game. “I was so excited when I was on the phone with Coach Bentley, and my heart was pounding out my chest, and when he said they wanted to offer me, I almost fainted.” Wilson also has an offer from Charlotte. RB Jeremiah Mackey (5-11 175) of Seneca visited USC Saturday for the spring game and hopes to get more interest from the Gamecocks down the road. “The visit to South Carolina was absolutely mind blowing… seeing so many great athletes, wonderful fans, it is really unbelievable. I saw head coach Will Muschamp actually go on the field and have fun with the players and that is what is all about for me, having a good who is not only a coach but a friend. Today my visit to South Carolina was absolutely splendid, loved every second.” Mackey said he talked with running backs coach Bobby Bentley and knows he’ll have to show him something this summer to earn an offer. “It is a lot of great athletes out here, just like me, who want it, so just come to camp and let them see what I have to offer.” He’s also hearing from James Madison, Wofford, Furman and Charleston Southern. Last season Mackey rushed for 1500 yards and 12 touchdowns. PK Patrick Nations of Walhalla was at USC’s spring game Saturday. The Gamecocks want to see him kick in camp this summer. Some other prospects who publicized a visit to USC Saturday were QB/WR Treyvion Houston of Greer, Southside Christian TE Lucas Raber, 2020 OL Seth McLaughlin of Buford, GA, 2020 WR Jalen Coit of Cheraw, also a basketball prospect, and he was joined on the visit by his teammate 2020 DL Xavier McIver and 2021 DE Kelvin Drummond of Savannah. LB DeAndre Cornish of Byrnes visited Maryland Saturday. He was at USC on Friday. 2020 DB Buddy Mack of Byrnes visited Maryland on Saturday. He was at USC Friday and also recently visited Wake Forest. .
  25. Will Muschamp wants to extend USC recruiting into new state, has his man to do it March 30, 2018 South Carolina football has historically not drawn much from the state of Virginia. The Gamecocks have recruited the state sporadically, taken a smattering of commits from there. But going back to 2005, only two scholarship Gamecocks have hailed from the Commonwealth: tailback A.J. Turner and offensive tackle Blake Camper. That might change going forward. Gamecocks assistant Kyle Krantz, who was added to the on-field staff this season as a 10th assistant, said his recruiting territory will be Virginia along with a chunk of North Carolina. “Coach Muschamp wants to extend to that area, so I’m excited,” Krantz said. “We’ve had some good feedback from that area. It’s been good.” South Carolina often has found itself going against Virginia Tech for players, but usually in North Carolina. Since 2014, the state has produced at least one five-star each season and on average just more than 10 four- or five-star players. This is Krantz’s first work as a recruiter on the road at the FBS level. The 2009 graduate of Northern Colorado spent time at Northwestern, Kentucky, Florida and Auburn, but all in quality control, analyst or grad assistant roles (he was linebackers coach at his alma mater for two seasons). “I went out the last couple weeks of January, once the new rule came into effect,” Krantz said. “I’ve been around when we’ve had people on campus before, but to go out and do it was a good experience.”
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