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  1. Conway High School (Conway, SC) DT target Tonka Hemingway has narrowed his list of finalists for his collegiate career. The five programs he's now interested in are USC, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Duke. Hemingway, a 6-3, 285 senior part of the 2020 cycle, is a current .9224 composite 4-star per 247 Sports.com, and has 7 crystal ball projections, all for South Carolina. Tonka started his recruiting cycle as a 250-lb Strong-side Defensive End, but it looks like he's developing into an interior lineman for the college level. South Carolina would love to add him to our rapidly improving DL depth.....
  2. Friday morning recruiting report May 24, 2019 USC target TE Sage Ennis of Tallahassee visited NC State Wednesday. USC target OL Javion Cohen of Phenix City, AL will take an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. He has taken an official to USC. He has Auburn set for June 1st and Florida two weeks later.
  3. Thursday evening recruiting report May 23, 2019 USC target RB Janari Dean was offered by Georgia. USC offered WR Jordan Addison of Frederick, MD. USC offered 2021 OL Jmarion Jenkins-Gooch (6-7 280) of Seymour, TN.
  4. Gamecocks hand out two more running back offers May 23, 2019, | sportstalkradionet.com The running back prospects board at USC grew by two Wednesday with more offers extended by Thomas Brown. One went to former Tennessee commitment Ebony Jackson (6-1 205) of Marietta, GA. The Gamecocks joined the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, Maryland, Ole Miss and West Virginia on his offer list. The Gamecocks have some work to do to become a major factor in his decision. “I don’t really know a lot about South Carolina but I have been to one of their games and I loved the experience,” Jackson said. “It was amazing. They have been recruiting me for a little while now but Coach Brown made it official over the phone. He texted me telling me he had good news for me, so I was excited to hear about that, and he said they would like to offer me. They like that I can get out at wide out and make plays, and I can catch the ball out of the back field very well and move very fast for a 6’1 running back. It was nice, though, getting the offer, very nice to add them on my list and I will definitely be looking out for them a lot more.” Jackson visited Tennessee in early April and committed while on that visit. He decommitted last week. He also has visited Georgia and Georgia Tech thus far this recruiting season and he said he plans to get back to USC. He also said the Alabama offer really stands out with him at this point. “That’s like a dream,” said Jackson who is the 5A Georgia state champion in the 100 and 200 meters. The other offer was handed out to Marvin Scott (5-9 203) of Port Orange, FL. Like Jackson, Scott has a multitude of major offers including Alabama, Florida State, Kentucky, Duke, Wake Forest, Boston College, Miami, North Carolina, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. “What i like about South Carolina is it’s a great school and has a great program,” Scott said. “I had a talk with Coach Brown. He is definitely a great person and I feel like I can trust him. He said I would fit into the playing style and offense. He likes my speed, strength and balance.” Brown has developed a good relationship with Scott to the point he plans to set an official visit with the Gamecocks. “I think that it’s a great program,” he said. “I will be visiting. I don’t really have any that stand out, they all stand out. I’m hoping to visit South Carolina on an official.” Scott has visited unofficially Florida, UCF and FIU.
  5. 2019 Gamecock Recruiting class is full and has a nice diversity overall. The only thing lacking in the 2019 cycle was a top-notch running back, Gamecocks could feel those needs with 2020 class. Names to keep an Eye on are Five-star tailback MarShawn Lloyd and Four-star targets Tank Bigsby. Gamecock are in good with both. Gamecocks have a good chance at both at this time. On the defensive side lots of talented players, the Gamecocks are at this time involved with some instate and out of state top talent. If Boom can have a good season next year get to 8 to 10 wins would help in landing some of the top talents. This could be the class that can put them over the hump and possible rival the Class the ole Ball Coach had in 2007 to lay the groundwork for the success he had. 2020 class has started out with a bang. With the Ops building in full swing, this will be another exciting recruiting cycle to follow so let the commits commence!!
  6. Luke Doty embraces role as ambassador for Gamecock Class of 2020 May 21, 2019 Ryan Hilinski was the outspoken memeber of South Carolina’s 2019 football recruiting class. Myrtle Beach quarterback Luke Doty has embraced that role for 2020. “I saw what he (Hilinski) did with the 2019 class and I wanted to do the same with the 2020 class and do it better,” Doty said Saturday at the Shrine Bowl Combine at River Bluff. “Hope we get some good guys around us and make Carolina a lot better. That is my goal and hope to see it through.” Doty is one of six Gamecocks commits for the Class of 2020 with the others Mike Wyman, Isaiah Walker, Mohamed Kaba, Tyshawn Wannamker and Da’Qon Stewart. Doty said he and the other commitments and USC targets for Class of 2020 recently set up a group text to chat with each other during the summer and during the football season. Doty will try and do his best to get other top targets including in-state players Hammond’s Jordan Burch and Alex Huntley and Conway’s Tonka Hemmingway to get them to join him with the Gamecocks. “We are still working with Tank Bigsby, Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch, Tonka Hemingway, Javion Cohen. I think we are in good shape with all of them,” Doty said. “My role is to really show the rest of these guys what Carolina is all about. That is what I try to do every time I visit and meet someone new or meet a new commitment. I just try to make sure they feel at home and show them why I fell in love with Carolina and hope they do the same.” Doty and Wannamker both participated at the Shrine Bowl Combine on Saturday. The Myrtle Beach quarterback also attended the EPT Performance Showcase on Friday night at Irmo High School. At the combine, Doty ran a 4.56 in a 40-yard dash, had a broad jump of 9-foot-6 and benched 185 pounds 15 times. Doty plans to take his official visit to USC on May 31 and also attend a few camps at the school during the summer in between getting ready for senior season at Myrtle Beach. He will enroll at USC in January. The four-star prospect threw for 3,037 yards and rushed for 701 with 43 total touchdowns last season in his first-year as starting quarterback after playing receiver in 2017. Myrtle Beach defeated Greer for the Class 4A championship at Williams-Brice Stadium. Doty, the No. 50 ranked player for Class of 2020, says he is becoming more comfortable as a pocket passer and not relying always on his running ability to make plays. He rushed for 701 yards last season. “It is a work in progress. Definitely being more comfortable in the pocket,” Doty said. “Feel like I did a good job last year. But if everything breaks down, I got the green light to get out of the pocket to make something happen.”
  7. Monday morning recruiting report May 20, 2019 USC is in the top 8 with TE Drake Dabney of Cypress, TX. “I really appreciate the interest the coaching staff has shown me. They play in a very competitive conference, and they have had great tight ends in the past. I haven’t gotten to visit yet, but I really want to visit soon.” The others on his list are SMU, Cal, Arizona, Utah, Arizona State, Vanderbilt and Iowa State. DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones of Charlotte, a USC, target, has set August 3rd for his announcement date. NC State, North Carolina, Miami and Ohio State are also among his favorites. CB Joel Williams of Baton Rouge and TE Jonathan Odom of Tampa, who had offers from USC, committed to Florida. USC target OL Javion Cohen of Pell City, AL set an official visit to Florida for June 1st. He was scheduled to return to USC for an unofficial visit that weekend. He visited USC officially April 27th. He’s also been unofficially to Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Georgia Tech. He plans to visit Auburn again Monday. He’s a former Gamecock commitment. USC target DE Desmond Evans of Sanford, NC was offered by Michigan. USC target CB Jamorri Colson of Ocilla, GA was offered by Rutgers and Purdue. USC offered 2021 WR Breon Pass (6-0 160) of Reidsville, NC. Duke and NC State also are among his offers. TE Drake Dabney
  8. Basketball Recruiting Report May 16, 2019 USC offered 2020 6-2 point guard Reece Beekman of Baton Rouge, LA. He also has reported offers from Virginia, Houston, Marquette, Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Southern Cal, Wake Forest, Wisconsin and others. 6-9 Micaiah Henry, a grad transfer from Tennessee Tech, who visited USC last weekend, is on an official visit to Virginia Tech according to OnTheRadarHoops.
  9. Wednesday morning Recruiting recruiting report May 15, 2019 RB Janari Dean of Batesville, MS said USC RB coach Thomas Brown plans to visit his school Wednesday and scout in him practice. The Gamecocks have offered Dean. Arkansas was in to check on him Tuesday. He also has offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Indiana and Southern Miss. USC offered offered 2021 WR Shawn Hardy and 2022 ATH Jamie Felix of Kingsland, GA. USC target LB Desmond Tisdol was offered by Nebraska.
  10. Former Gamecocks commitment OL Javion Cohen of Pell City, AL will name a top three soon.
  11. This weekend, Gamecocks plan to give recruits a different look at USC April 26, 2019, | THE STATE South Carolina’s and all of college football’s recruiting experience has been sped up. Kids can sign earlier, they often enroll earlier and that means they’re coming to campus for visits earlier and earlier. This weekend, the Gamecocks are set to host a small army of recruits. With that in mind, the staff and coach Will Muschamp aim to show the players something a little different. Yes, the school recently finished a palatial $50 million operations facility, but that’s not going to be the centerpiece of things. “This weekend for us is a little different,” Muschamp said. “We do a lot more on campus than we do around our football facility to be able to see our beautiful campus.” The coach has often pitched the fact the players will have a football campus of sorts, with an operations building, practice fields and indoor building altogether. So why shift things away from that? “Sometimes when they come on a game day atmosphere, they don’t necessarily get to see (the heart of campus),” Muschamp said. “We’ve got a great campus, and it’s really a good weekend for us to continue to build the relationships in our recruiting process.” The Gamecocks have five committed for their 2020 class. The visit list this weekend will reportedly include the likes of four-star Arkansas commit Ze’Vian Capers, four-star tailback Tank Bigsby and former USC offensive line commit Javion Cohen. It was only with the batch of new recruiting rules set in place last season that players could even make official visits in the spring semester. Players such as Ryan Hilinski, Jakai Moore and Zacch Pickens visited in late spring last year and ultimately became Gamecocks. It’s meant a much busier part of the year for the assistant coaches. They have to be out and about, evaluating players on the road (head coaches cannot make those trips), and then have to come back each weekend to entertain for about 48 hours. “It makes a for a long week,” Muschamp said. “We’ll start some of that this weekend the carry that through spring, but it is what it is. I think we’ve done a really good job with the spring visits. “I think it’s been very productive, as far as the young men that we’ve brought in on campus, in those situations, then been able to sign them on signing day in December or February.” Commits for 2020 recruiting cycle
  12. Three important uncommitted recruiting visitors for Saturday's spring game April 04, 2019 • Four-star WR Michael Wyman 6-foot-4, 197-pounder The four-star standout from Dudley High School in Greensboro will announced on Wednesday that he's going to reveal his commitment on April 16. Wyman has been on South Carolina's campus multiple times and the Gamecocks have been considered a heavy favorite for some time. • Five-star RB Marshawn Lloyd The Gamecocks are a long shot for Hyattville (Md.) Dematha five-star running back Marshawn Lloyd. Lloyd visited South Carolina earlier this year. New running backs coach Thomas Brown has quite a resume both on the field himself and coaching top running backs. But the quick return visit can't be discounted and another strong trip could move Carolina firmly into the mix. • Three-star LB Desmond Tisdol Don't let Tisdol's three-star ranking deceive, the Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County standout is a headhunter from the linebacker position and the type of player the Gamecocks need at that spot. Tisdol's recruitment has taken off with a fierceness in the last few months with Auburn shooting to the top of his list and Carolina settling in right behind them.
  13. Couple potential JUCO Big Man Targets: Gamecocks could try to get involved with Khadim Sy, a 6-10, 245 F from Daytona CC. A native of Dakar, Senegal, Sy spent 2 years at Virginia Tech (started 28 games in 2016-17 as a true freshman but red-shirted 2017-18). He transferred out in August. He will be a Jr/RS next season with 2 years to play 2 https://247sports.com/player/khadim-sy-80635/ This said, you have to wonder if Frank's relationship with Buzz Williams may impact our decision whether or not to pursue Sy. From this article, it sounds like Sy was never happy at Virginia Tech and had briefly transferred out during the 2017-18 year which resulted in him red-shirting. https://www.roanoke.com/hokies/sports/mensbasketball/khadim-sy-transferring-from-virginia-tech-again/article_9c9f33b2-7773-5682-a52a-056ac117dc0d.html Also, Khadim Sy also has a teammate at Daytona CC that is receiving high major interest (Ok St, Arkansas, etc). Doudou Gueye, a 6-9, 220 F also from Dakar, Senegal. It sounds like he is more of an inside/out player than a true post, though. https://247sports.com/player/doudou-gueye-46058711/ https://www.nwahomepage.com/pig-trail-nation/new-2019-hog-offer-doudou-gueye-epitomizes-positionless-basketball/1564170742
  14. Alabama shakes things up with 3 star OL Javion Cohen March 15, 2019 | SportsTalk Radio Network 3 star OL Javion Cohen 6'4" 267lbs of Phenix City, AL is a high priority target of USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford. He offered Cohen in mid-January and Cohen visited campus later in the month. The two have remained tight through daily contact and Cohen plans to return for an official visit next month. “Me and coach Wolf talk every day,” Cohen said. “We set up an official visit for April 26th. I look forward to going. It’s definitely somewhere where I could see myself. I’m excited about that one.” Cohen is not interested in redshirting as a freshman. He want a chance to play early, something he and Wolford have discussed in detail. “I’ve been asking him about the depth chart as far as what my position will look like when I get there,” Cohen said. “For me, of course, playing early is something important to me. The way the depth chart is looking, that’s shaping up to be something I’d like to see.” Wolford is not alone in reaching to Cohen on behalf of the Gamecocks. His boss also is actively involved. “I talk to (Will) Muschamp every day as well,” Cohen said. “He sends me every morning about 8:00 a motivational quote. We talk about it just like that’s part of the routine.” The Gamecocks have to like their position with Cohen right now but this recruiting case is far from solved. And to make things even tough for the Gamecocks and others, Alabama recently offered Cohen, and that was important to him. “Amazing. That was one definitely I always wanted and to get it that made me feel on a whole nother level as a player,” Cohen said. ” My athleticism was something (Nick Saban) said he’d never seen from an offensive lineman before. He wants me to gain wait but pretty much my feet was what sold him.” Cohen obviously was hyped over getting the big home-state offer, but he didn’t lose his mind over it. He didn’t automatically move the Crimson Tide to the top of his list. “Right now I’m at a pretty even slate,” Cohen said. “At first I did have them (Alabama) on top but I’m at a pretty even slate right now.” He includes USC, Missouri, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee and LSU with Alabama in his to group at this point. Cohen said he will visit LSU this weekend and he plans return trip to Alabama before spring break. And he will go to Florida State for it’s spring game April 6th.
  15. Big in-state D-line target plans to get back to South Carolina as soon as he can February 23, 2019 It’s a wonder defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway of Conway can find any time to deal with his recruiting. He went right from football season to basketball season. And when his basketball team was eliminated from the playoffs this week, he stepped directly into baseball. He’s a first baseman and catcher. As for his recruiting activities, Hemingway said his most recent visit was to Wake Forest a couple of weeks ago. “It was a good experience,” Hemingway said. “They have a lot of good things to offer me. I like their facilities and all the new ones that are being built.” Hemingway said he doesn’t have anything else set for visits right now but he plans to see Duke and North Carolina at some point. He also plans to return to South Carolina as soon as he can. USC remains in regular contact with Hemingway and Will Muschamp is encouraging him to come to Columbia and help in his building process. He’s also hearing from defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and new defensive line coach John Scott who he has not yet met. “They like me and they want me to come there. They want me to come the new facility that they got built,” he said. Clemson, Hemingway said, has not been in touch outside of some letters, but he said he does plan to get up there for a visit. He said Clemson coaches came thru his school in January and talked to his coaches. USC and Wake Forest are the two showing Hemingway the strongest interest at this point. He also has offers from Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Duke, Ole Miss, Louisville and others. Hemingway say he’s not seen enough of the schools to settle on favorites right now. “I’m just trying to visit the schools and get to know and find out what type of environment that I like.” He said he plans to make his commitment the week of his first game in August.
  16. Who will be the next five-star prospect for the Gamecocks February 23, 2019, Henry Fusco Coach Will Muschamp’s four recruiting classes in Columbia have landed only one five star that was last season 2019 recruiting cycle. Coach Muschamp in landing five-star defensive lineman Zacch Pickens from under the nose of Clemson and Georgia. The Anderson native represented Muschamp’s first five-star acquisition at USC. There will be some 5 stars that will be participated in the Gamecocks’ summer camp. The coaches will get a first-hand look, at a number of these highly ranked prospects this summer. Let's examine the 5-star candidates and break down which prospect is most likely to join the Gamecock five-star club. Reggie Grimes, TE/LB 6'4"225lbs – Grimes is a Tennessee product that is listed at both offensive and defensive positions, He is a very talented young man he is good enough to play both. He could grow into an edge rusher type at the college level. What is interesting here is that Grimes father did play at Alabama, But you count South Carolina among his favorites and had a great visit to Columbia back in January. Marshawn Lloyd, RB 5'9" 206lbs – Lloyd is a five-star back out of Maryland, Lloyd made his first trip to Columbia earlier this year on the strength of a prior relationship with new Gamecock running backs coach Thomas Brown. The trip went well and seems to be one that Lloyd enjoyed and could give the Gamecocks a very good chance for his services. Programs around the country are recruiting Lloyd, and home-state Maryland seems to be poised to eventually make some type of move for his services. Lloyd has at least some level of interest in the Gamecocks. Jordan Burch, BUCK/DE 6-5" 250lbs – This Columbia product, formerly of Wilson High in Florence, has been a long-time target for Muschamp, who’s had a high level of personal involvement in the pursuit. Burch has offer's coming from everywhere (Alabama stands out) but hold the horses this one is expected to come down to Clemson or South Carolina. Despite whatever you hear, this race, for now, is one is too close to call. Gamecocks best chance to land a 5-star is: Burch seems to be the prospect South Carolina has the best shot to pull from the five-star ranks in this class. While it’s far from settled whether he’ll head to Clemson or South Carolina, Muschamp has done a great job of recruiting Burch and his family and has the Gamecocks in position to potentially pull it off. It would be a huge acquisition, to be sure.
  17. ESPN FOOTBALL RECRUITING - 300 PLAYER RANKINGS Where do the nation football recruits rank? Check out the player rankings on RecruitingNation.com Read more In addition to the two Hammond players, they have: #2 Desmond Evans #16 Reggie Grimes #28 Tank Bigsby #47 Marshawn Lloyd #139 Hemingway #165 Wannamaker #171 Wyman #183 Doty #214 Walker
  18. Sunday's Gamecock Recruiting Recap January 20, 2019 Among prospects who confirmed unofficial visits to USC on Twitter Saturday were 2020 OL Ray Curry of Memphis and 2020 LB Jonathan Chaney of Saraland, AL. 2020 OL Javion Cohen of Phenix City, AL was offered by USC. West Virginia and Coastal Carolina also are recent offers. USC offered 2020 OL Vershon Lee (6-3 290) of Woodbridge, VA. Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Tennessee are some other offers. He was at USC Saturday. USC offered 2021 ATH Phillip O’Brien Jr. of Deerfield Beach, FL. USC QB coach Dan Werner checked in on 2022 QB Ty Simpson of Martin, TN. USC recruiter Mike Peterson was at Hammond School Friday night scouting 2020 DE Jordan Burch in his basketball game. Burch and his 2020 teammate DL Alex Huntley visited USC Saturday. Huntley was recently offered by LSU.
  19. Gamecock recruiting for December 27 December 27, 2018 Gamecocks are in the top ten with 2020 DE Reggie Grimes of Mount Juliet, TN. The others are Clemson, Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. 2020 WR Michael Wyman of Greensboro, NC was on hand for USC’s practice in Charlotte Wednesday. He has the Gamecocks among his favorites at this point. SAF Collin Duncan of Montgomery, AL did not sign early and said he’s still talking with USC about an official visit in January. He camped at USC last summer and took an unofficial visit during the season.
  20. Will Muschamp Press Conference National Signing Day With Video, Notes, Quotes & More December 19, 2018 Gamecock National Signing Day HEADQUARTERS VIDEO BELOW: Coach Will Muschamp Recruiting News Conference Opening Statement “We got better today. There’s no doubt about that. As I’ll say every year, or I guess every signing period: we’ll know about this class in two or three years. It’s a developmental game, and that is the bottom line. You’ve got to get guys on campus and evaluate who you want: the film, the character, the transcript, the integrity, all of those things. Get them on campus and develop them, and that’s what our staff does a fantastic job of. (From) last year’s signing class, 16 played, five were starters, and two of them were named Freshman All-SEC, so that says a lot about the production we got from last year’s class. We signed 18 guys today; really, we signed 20, because Jamel Cook and Josh Belk both count in this class. Really, that’s kind of how we look at it, as far as initials are concerned. They’re counted in this class. (We signed) 16 guys from the footprint of what we recruit: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida, and I would include Tennessee in that category. We’ve done a nice job there of getting some really good football players. (We’re) big, long and athletic. You’ve got 13 guys that are line of scrimmage players, 12 that we signed and obviously Josh Belk, who’s on campus. That’s a place we needed to continue to improve moving forward, on both lines of scrimmage. Seven of these guys played for state championships, and three won state championships, so being able to get guys and attract guys from winning programs I think is always important. Coach Muschamp on Carolina’s Signing Class… Ryan Hilinski “Ryan will be a mid-year enrollee. He won multiple national awards as far as the quarterback position was concerned and was an Elite 11 finalist. He can really spin it. We had him in camp. Dan Werner did a fantastic job with Ryan. Mark and Kym, his parents, are terrific people. It’s a great family. We’re really excited about him coming on campus here in January. He’s a great football player and has a lot of the intangibles you’ve got to have at that position. We’re looking forward to getting him to campus.” Kevin Harris “Kevin really came and earned his scholarship at camp. We really liked his film. We weren’t totally certain about his top end speed. He came into camp and ran 4.55 in the 40 and vertical jumped 34 inches, which is really good. He has a really big lower body and is a difficult guy to tackle, when you talk in terms of a power running game and getting better there and adding some toughness to that position.” Keveon Mullins “Keveon played for the state championship against Joseph Anderson and Oakland. His team lost in the state championship game, but he’s a big receiver: 6-3 and 200-plus lbs. He came to our camp and has really good ball skills. He’s a guy that we’re really excited about. His mom, Shirita, has been great in this process. We’re excited about getting Keveon on campus.” Tyquan Johnson “We signed Tyquan a year ago. He went to Fork Union and did a really nice job this fall. Again, he’s another guy who came to our camp a year ago and put up some impressive numbers. He had a 36 ½-inch vertical leap and a 10-4 broad jump. He’s a very explosive guy, especially at that 6-3, 200-lbs. size. We continue to improve our receiver room, and I think he certainly is going to be able to do that.” Traevon Kenion “Traevon will be a mid-year enrollee. Tony, his mom, got a job in the Raleigh/Wake Forest area, and he moved up there and won a state championship. He’s a guy at the tight end position that we think is really gifted in the throwing game. He really added some things to their high school football team. When he came to camp, the thing I was most impressed with was his competitive edge. He really competes when he gets on the field, and obviously, you see what he did this past year. We’re really excited about him.” Keshawn Toney “Keshawn is a Shrine Bowl participant and a guy we had in camp. He’s 6-3, 240 lbs., and moves extremely well. When you get the feedback from the Shrine Bowl coaches, that’s one of the things they talked about: how impressed they were with him. I think this guy’s got a tremendous upside. I think we’re just scratching the surface of what he can do. He played mostly wideout for Williston-Elko, but now he’ll be more of an attached tight end for us. He’s another mid-year enrollee, a guy that I think has a tremendous upside.” Mark Fox “Mark was on a state championship team. They started the season, I think, 0-4, and ended up winning the state championship. They got things turned around. He’s a guy that we had in camp, ad he’s very athletic. We think he can be a three-position guy as far as center, guard or tackle. He gives you a lot of variety as far as his athleticism and length.” Jakai Moore “I saw Jakai play basketball Friday night. It’s pretty impressive to see a 6-4, 300-pounder run up and down the court. He starts on their basketball team. Jakai is a guy we’ve really pinpointed. We enjoyed Friday night sitting with Cynthia, his mom, at the game. He’s a guy that has tremendous upside as a football player. We think his genetic ceiling is very high, as far as a guy that’s got a lot sitting in front of him. We’re really excited about him.” Vincent Murphy “Vincent is from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, one of the best programs in the country. They were state runners-up. It’s interesting, Vincent was one of the first underclassmen ever in St. Thomas history to be named a team captain. You talk in terms of leadership ability, we think he’s a guy that can be a center or a guard. Bill and Michele, his parents, have been great. The visited on one of the spring visits we had this past spring, which I thought went extremely well. We’re excited about having Vincent as a part of our program.” Jaylen Nichols “Jaylen is from another outstanding program at Myers Park. Scott Chadwick does a fantastic job with their program. He’s a big guy that we had in camp. He’s right at 6-5, 315 lbs. I watched him practice. His team was in the playoffs, I think third round. You watch him athletically, his feet, changing direction, his lower body flexibility – it was extremely impressive, with Jaylen. This guy’s got a huge upside. He’s a mid-year enrollee, so he’s going to be able to go through spring, which I think is really beneficial for any player.” Joseph Anderson “Joe is a transfer from Siegel, where Max Iyama went to school. He went to Oakland where they won the state championship. He dislocated his elbow in the first game of the year and never missed a snap. He is guy that’s got some toughness about him. Coach (Kevin) Creasy and his staff rave about Joseph and his leadership ability. I think he is a guy that tremendously improved throughout his senior year and played at an extremely high level, especially in the playoffs, and was a very difficult guy to block. We had some coaches at the state championship game, and they were extremely impressed with Joseph and what he did on the field. Joe and Teresa, his parents, were outstanding throughout this entire process.” Devontae Davis “This one goes back about two years. This is why you have camp. You find guys like this. Devontae was at Silver Bluff High School over in Aiken. You see his length and athleticism. He went to Georgia Military and did a fantastic job there. He’s actually practiced with us the last two days. You have to go through an NCAA period where you acclimatize yourself so he’s only been in helmets and hasn’t been able to get in pads yet. He’ll be in shells tomorrow and Friday and we’re only going to have helmets practice on Saturday. He’s big and athletic and has great length. I’m really excited to finally have Devontae here.” Zacch Pickens “Zacch led T.L. Hanna to the state championship game this year. He did about everything for them, close to 1,000 yards rushing, a fantastic defensive end that is bringing a lot to our program. He won about every award there was in the state of South Carolina as far as high school awards and was the Player of the Year in the state. He could have gone anywhere he wanted to go and stayed right here at home in the state of South Carolina and to play for his state school. We’re really excited about Zacch. His Mom, Felicia, has been great. His brother, Kevin, is a walk-on on our football team right now, and he’s been outstanding, so we’re excited about getting Zacch back on campus in January.” Rodricus Fitten “Rodricus is a twitch guy on the edge. He’s very similar to Bryson Allen-Williams. He gives you a faster twitch on the edge. He was our first commitment in this class, I think it was September of 2017, and has stuck with us ever since. He had an outstanding senior year. We think he has a tremendous upside as a mid-year enrollee here on campus in January.” Derek Boykins “Derek was a guy that played wildcat quarterback, he played running back, he played linebacker, he played safety. He’s a very explosive guy. We had him in camp and saw his movement skills. We’re really excited about him and the upside his has. He’s originally from Beaufort, South Carolina and grew up a Gamecock so we’re excited to have him come home here.” Jahmar Brown “Jahmar is another guy from St. Thomas Aquinas, a state runner-up, and I was really impressed with him at camp. He’s got 33-inch arms and 11-inch hands and is a guy we think has a tremendous upside as far as his structure is concerned. He’ll be a 215, 218, 220-pound guy in a year or so. He has really good athleticism and is really smart. He directed the defense the last three years and Jason Taylor is the defensive coordinator, who I coached at the Dolphins. Jason thinks he’s a really smart player and is a guy that gets everyone aligned and can really command the defense, which is obviously something that excites me.” John Dixon “Two years ago, we had John in camp and we felt like he was one of the best cover corners that we’ve seen in our camps. He had a patella issue with his knee to start his senior year and really didn’t play a whole lot and wasn’t healthy through the entire season. We know what John can do when he’s healthy. We think he’s a lockdown corner, a guy that has a tremendous upside and we’re excited about having John in the program.” Cameron Smith “Alicia, his Mom, took a job up in Maryland and they moved back to Columbia, thank goodness, for his senior year. Cam is a guy that came from camp and ran a sub 4.5, 36 vertical, 10-5 broad. Those are NFL numbers in the combine as far as explosive power to be a 6-1 corner at 185 pounds. Cam’s got a huge upside. He will be a mid-year enrollee. He doesn’t have anything wrong with his shoulder. There were some claims out there that he had all kinds of shoulder injuries, but he doesn’t. He will actually be playing in the Army game in January. On the impact of signing high-ranking recruits… “The first thing you’ve got to be able to do is own your state. We offered four guys from the state of South Carolina, and all four came. Zacch (Pickens) was certainly a high-profile player in our state and also the country. He could have gone anywhere he wanted to. He wanted to stay home and play for the Gamecocks. Ryan (Hilinski), obviously, being able to go national and sign a guy from the state of California that was attracted to come to South Carolina. He came to our campus multiple times on unofficial visits and then (made) an official visit last spring. He and his parents were extremely impressed with the things we’re doing with the program. He saw a great opportunity here. Again, it’s all about fit. At the end of the day, you go through the recruiting process with the student-athlete. Do they fell like they fit what you want to do athletically, academically, socially and spiritually? Both of those guys are really good fits for us.” On the importance of signing players from Tennessee… “The football is really improving there, a lot. Number one, Nashville, with the Titans, it’s one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, so there are a lot of people moving in who are necessarily tied to the state. It’s kind of like Atlanta and Charlotte a little bit. Bobby Bentley has really done a nice job up there, making some inroads in that state to help us recruit better there. Eldridge Thompson is also from up there, went to White State High School by way of Coffeyville Junior College. We feel really good about the areas to be able to recruit. Nashville is an easy flight to Charlotte, and it’s an hour drive, so for a family, that’s an easy drive to come see their son play. To me, you draw five hours around your campus and figure out where you can recruit the best.” On the emphasis with the remaining roster spots left to be filled during the February signing period… “We’d like to add an offensive lineman in this class. I feel like we need to add some defensive backs. I feel good about our numbers on our roster right now, where we are. It’s kind of like when I was in the NFL; you get in the draft, when you get into the late rounds, you take the best available player. That’s really what I told the staff this morning. You look at whatever number we have on the board, of guys we feel like we can sign in February. Let’s take the best available player right now, as opposed to targeting a need. That’s how I look at it.” On the smoothness of Signing Day… “It actually was very smooth, unusually so. Usually you do have a brush fire come up the night before or that morning. We had a couple of things flare up on us, but it was nothing that was alarming. We practiced this morning. We started on Virginia this morning, so we had everything done before our 9 o’clock meeting for the most part except for maybe two, and we were waiting on those, but we felt very comfortable and very confident in both of those situations.” On signing Zacch Pickens, the Mr. Football from South Carolina this season… “We’ve that the last two years with Dakereon Joyner as well. Again, the first thing you want to do is take care of your state and sign the best players in your state. The only four guys we offered in the state, we signed. We feel good about that. I think Zacch is a really good football player. I think he gives us some short-yardage and goal-line options. You get a big back in there. I know that’s been frustrating. I get most of the emails from our fans. (laughs) So hopefully he’ll be able to answer some questions there for us too.” On the positions where Cameron Smith will be used in the defensive backfield… “We’re going to get the best four out there, the best five, and then the best six. He’s going to start out at corner.” On the positions where Devontae Davis will be used on the defensive line… “We’re going to start him out at defensive end and then see where it goes from there. He’s a guy that has length. He’s got athleticism. How big is he going to get, growth-wise? I think we had Devontae listed at about 280. That’s probably what he’s at, about 280, 285, so again, we’ll evaluate that, but he’s going to start out as a defensive end for us.” On the role the Jahmar Brown will fill… “Jahmar is a guy we were excited about, that we feel can play the dime position for us. We may not have to sub in some situations. He can cover and play in space. He does a lot of that at St. Thomas. That was a target for us, a guy that, athletically, we felt could play in space and do a lot of different things coverage-wise.” WATCH: Coach Will Muschamp Recruiting News Conference
  21. WATCH: Coach Will Muschamp Recruiting News Conference December 19, 2018
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