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South Carolina 2016 Signing Day Recap

Muschamp: “This class is well ahead of my first one at Florida”

--- Quote ---First, we’ll throw it way back to December, when four-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain sent South Carolina fans into a frenzy by choosing the Gamecocks over the MLB Draft. This was arguably the Gamecocks’ biggest pickup.

Muschamp’s biggest get was four-star defensive tackle Stephon Taylor. The highly recruited Taylor is out of New Orleans and had nearly three dozen total offers.

Three-star wide receiver Randrecous Davis flipped his commitment from UGA...
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SEC Network ‏@SECNetwork 16h16 hours ago

The beginning of the Will Muschamp era.

The 2016 @GamecockFB class: http://bit.ly/1S3BLxI   #SpursUp

 ESPN SEC ‏@ESPN_SEC 2h2 hours ago

Recapping South Carolina's national signing day http://es.pn/1PPBBI8

--- Quote ---Biggest need heading into signing day: Receiver. The Gamecocks only had seven scholarship receivers on the roster heading into national signing day and their best player at the position in 2015, Pharoh Cooper, entered the NFL draft...

Carolina hauled in five receivers and two tight ends in their signing class, adding a heap of depth. One of those receivers, ESPN 300 prospect Bryan Edwards, enrolled in January, meaning he'll participate in spring football and will have a solid chance to contribute right away. Edwards, the No. 253 overall player in the nation, was a U.S. Army All-American who possesses good size (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) and speed (4.53-second 40-yard dash). Joining Edwards in the class are three-star receivers Korey Banks, Randrecous Davis, Chavis Dawkins and Kiel Pollard...
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Summie Carlay@CarlaySummie

Honored and blessed to receive an offer to play football at USC. Thank you to the staff! #spursup #sec


'17 OT


Blessed to receive an offer from University of South Carolina #SpursUp 🐓🐓

SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 15h15 hours ago

SportsTalk Retweeted ManChild™

#STRecruiting:  USC Monday night offered RB Kyshaun Bryan of Ft. Lauderdale. 

 GoGamecocks.com ‏@gogamecocks Feb 27

What USC must do to keep the top football talent at home http://scne.ws/KdPF35 


Stuck out on Hwy. 701, not quite in North Carolina and not exactly near the beach, Loris, S.C., is hard to find. It’s one of the reasons nobody found Temarrick Hemingway.

At least nobody in FBS football found him. Hemingway spent most of last week not in Loris, but at Lucas Oil Stadium for the NFL Combine, which means professional talent evaluators judged him one of the 300 or so most intriguing prospects in the country.

Hemingway didn’t play at South Carolina or at Clemson or at any other major college football program in the country, which simultaneously illustrates one of the most promising and most difficult things about South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s new job.

There are talented football players in the state of South Carolina, but a lot of them are hard to find.

“There’s really a lot of unidentified talent in South Carolina that people don’t really get to see,” Hemingway said. “I know me growing up, I wasn’t blessed with a lot of financial resources, so I couldn’t go to the big-time camps. So, a lot of talent in South Carolina goes unnoticed because of that.”

The state reminds Muschamp of another state he used to call home – Louisiana, where he was an LSU assistant coach from 2001-2004.

“I really liken the state of South Carolina to the state of Louisiana,” he said. “There are pockets in our state that are very difficult to get to. A lot of guys go unnoticed because it’s hard to get there. A lot of other schools aren’t coming to those places.”

The 24th-largest state in the country, based on population, the Palmetto State ranked second in NFL players produced per capita based on a study of 2014 rosters by USAFootball.com. (South Carolina produced one for every 84,089 residents, while Louisiana finished first with one for every 76,837 residents.)


Former South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds, a Blythewood native who also is at the Combine, can still remember the schedule gauntlet his Bengals faced in his high school career.

“Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, Gerald Dixon, all those guys were on the same team,” Wilds said. “And then the next week we would go and play Gerald Dixon Jr. with Justin Worley and Cordarrelle Patterson.”

“A lot of people talk about Florida or California, even some northern states, but as a whole in South Carolina, I know there are a lot of great players in South Carolina that are overlooked,” Wilds said.

0 best players from South Carolina in the NFL this past season who didn’t play for the Gamecocks:
A.J. Green

WR, Bengals

Hometown: Summerville

College: Georgia
Josh Norman

CB, Panthers

Hometown: Greenwood

College: Coastal Carolina
Roddy White

WR, Falcons

Hometown: James Island

College: UAB
Martavis Bryant

WR, Steelers

Hometown: Calhoun Falls

College: Clemson
Lawrence Timmons

LB, Steelers

Hometown: Florence

College: Florida State
DeAndre Hopkins

WR, Texans

Hometown: Central

College: Clemson
Carlos Dunlap

DE, Bengals

Hometown: North Charleston

College: Florida
DeMarcus Lawrence

DE, Cowboys

Hometown: Aiken

College: Boise State
Bryon Maxwell

DB, Eagles

Hometown: North Charleston

College: Clemson
Robert Quinn

DL, Rams

Hometown: Ladson

College: UNC

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SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc Mar 1

SportsTalk Retweeted Stephen Guidry

#STRecruiting:  WR Stephen Guidry of Hinds JC, MS committed to USC Tuesday night. 

Reports that '17 6-6 Georgia Military College OT Dennis Daley gave a verbal to SC.

Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 5m5 minutes ago

Son of South Carolina star Duce Staley will follow father’s footsteps http://sec.news/1TLw9cJ

--- Quote ---Damani Staley will continue his family’s legacy at South Carolina.

The three-star outside linebacker announced his commitment to the Gamecocks via Twitter on Wednesday morning.
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'17 3-star Laurens OT Summie Carlay gave a verbal to the Gamecocks.

He is reported to have had an offer from NC State.

South Carolina Gamecocks and first-year coach Will Muschamp landed a major commitment Thursday from four-star quarterback Jake Bentley

--- Quote ---His father, Bobby Bentley, is South Carolina’s running backs coach. The Opelika, Ala., native is rated as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 104 overall recruit in the Class of 2017
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SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc Mar 24

#STRecruiting: The SportsTalk Interview with USC QB commitment Jake Bentley (AUDIO) http://goo.gl/fb/V5DXLE

--- Quote ---QB Jake Bentley of Opelika, AL gave USC fans a burst of spring fever for the football season Thursday morning by announcing a commitment to the Gamecocks.  A national recruit, Bentley becomes one of the most highly regarded quarterbacks to commit to USC in the last 20 years.

Bentley talked about his reasons for choosing the Gamecocks, how he will handle having his father (Bobby Bentley) on the coaching staff, and his hopes for the future.
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GoGamecocks.com ‏@gogamecocks 11m11 minutes ago

Charlotte lineman Eric Douglas commits to South Carolina http://scne.ws/Ky4ksV  #thestate #gg

--- Quote ---Offensive lineman Eric Douglas of Charlotte, N.C., announced a commitment to South Carolina on Saturday.

Douglas is a Class of 2017 prospect from Mallard Creek

Eric Douglas Sr. was a standout offensive lineman at SC State.

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5.6-rated OT is a top 30 player in his state.


Tyreek Johnson’s first scholarship offer came in February from his home-state school, South Carolina. Two months later, the three-star defensive end from Sumter, is ready to join the Gamecocks.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end committed to South Carolina

--- Quote ---Johnson’s only other offer was from Coastal Carolina and the recruit even admitted he was shocked when he received an offer from coach Will Muschamp.

Johnson is the eighth signee in South Carolina’s 2017 class. He recorded 89 tackles and 10 sacks for Lakewood ...

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Michael Carvell ‏@Carvell_AJC 1m1 minute ago

Elite 2017 QB will skip senior year, join South Carolina this fall http://sec.news/23bs3PY

--- Quote ---Bentley, rated the No. 6 QB in the Class of 2017, announced Wednesday that he will graduate from high school a full year early and join his father, Bobby Bentley, with the Gamecocks for the 2016 season.
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SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 17h17 hours ago

SportsTalk Retweeted Drew Pyne

#STRecruiting:   2020 QB Drew Pyne of New Canaan, CT visited USC Thursday & was offered.  Also has a FSU offer.


Adam Behrends ‏@ambehrends 17h17 hours ago

Adam Behrends Retweeted Drew Pyne

Another one for my man! Proud of 8th grade QB @dpyne6 ! Been grindin and mastering his craft since he was a pup.


Radi Nabulsi ‏@RadiNabulsi 17h17 hours ago

Radi Nabulsi Retweeted Stephen Guidry

Juco wide receiver Stephen Guidry decommits from South Carolina. Was offered by UGA a while back.

Wren QB Jay Urich was back in Columbia Saturday for the Will Muschamp cookout

--- Quote ---Urich got plenty of face time with Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.  And he said the message they delivered to him was clear.

“They really like me and I’m their number one guy,” Urich said.  “It means a lot.  I really like the coaching staff and getting to hang around them I had a great time.  It was more of a hanging out type of day. Building relationships.”

Urich picked up an offer last week from Southern Miss, the second major program to offer him besides USC.
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'17 3-star St. Thomas Aquinas RB Kyshaun Bryan gave a verbal to SC.

'17 3-star Brunswick ATH Shawn Smith gave a verbal to SC.


South Carolina could land 2017 QB commit on Friday

--- Quote ---Just hours after word of Jay Urich’s looming college announcement, the three-star quarterback picked another offer.

Duke joined South Carolina, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, South Dakota State and Southern Miss among the options for Urich, who will announce his decision Friday at 3:30 p.m..

Last January, Urich transferred to Wren High School (Piedmont, S.C.) from Blue Ridge, following a path similar to the one that Kelly Bryant took from Abbeville.

No. 28 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017 led Wren to a 7-5 record.
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'17 3-star Piedmont DE Davonne Bowen gave a verbal to SC.


Productive recruiting week for Gamecocks

--- Quote ---Muschamp landed two on Wednesday when defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt and linebacker Davonne Bowen hopped on board. On Saturday, receiver Shi Smith and linebacker Eldridge Thompson pulled the trigger within minutes of each other.

Smith, now the highest-rated prospect in South Carolina’s class, is a four-star athlete from Union, S.C. He’s rated the No. 2 overall in-state prospect and the No. 14 athlete in the country.

Arkansas, Baylor and Missouri have also been in contact with Thompson, but his other offers were from Middle Tennessee, South Dakota State, South Alabama and schools from Conference USA.

Like Wyatt, Thompson committed while on campus, shortly after picking up the offer.
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--- Quote ---Tancey Richardson took to Twitter again, to announce that he was not committed to South Carolina.

Mississippi State, Colorado State, Southern Miss and Kent State are listed on his offer sheet.
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With 17 commitments already on board, space is limited in South Carolina’s 2017 signing class.

Though NCAA rules prohibit schools from signing more than 25 prospects in a class, South Carolina has eight remaining spots, assuming junior college placement Javon Kinlaw is still counted with the 2017 haul.

Seven prospects have committed to Will Muschamp during the month of June and the Gamecocks coaches may not be done.

--- Quote ---Chase Hayden, a 3-star from Collierville, Tenn., visited South Carolina last weekend and a decision could be on the horizon. The No. 31 ranked running back in the class of 2017 is also believed to be heavily considering Arkansas and Michigan.
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The Crystal Ball predictions number Vols 8, SC 3, and Razorbacks 1.

Class of 2017 Athens (Ga.) Clarke Central safety Zay Brown made the decision to end his recruitment, committing to South Carolina

--- Quote ---Gamecocks now have 17 members in their 2017 class, which moved up to the No. 23 class in the nation...
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Gamecocks picked up their second commit of the weekend when 2017 Rocky Mount (N.C.) linebacker Sherrod Greene committed

--- Quote ---He is commit No. 18 for the class and joins Athens (Ga.) Clarke Central safety Zay Brown as players to commit to USC this weekend.

6-foot-1, 225-pound Greene also had offers from Alabama, Cal, N.C. State and many more.

He is the No. 492 player in the nation.
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Gamecocks coaches taking advantage of new Twitter recruiting rules

--- Quote ---College football coaches are finally permitted to recognize a recruit’s social media activity.

Will Muschamp took a measured approach to his retweets. The Gamecocks head coach limited his clicks to prospects who are committed to South Carolina, including Eric Douglas, Javon Kinlaw, Jay Urich, Sherrod Greene and Davonne Bowen.
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--- Quote ---29 ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2017 committed to South Carolina over Tennessee, NC State and North Carolina.

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4-star Hamsah Nasirildeen pulled the trigger on a commitment to South Carolina over offers from Florida and Florida State

--- Quote ---Nasirildeen, a rising senior at Concord High in North Carolina, is ranked as the No. 12 outside linebacker in the class of 2017. He’ll play safety for the Gamecocks.

No. 139 overall prospect in the country, Nasirildeen is now the highest ranked prospect in the Gamecocks class.

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While on the trainers table, a hefty dose of an icy hot-like rub was applied to his left calf. He's gonna be fine.


--- Quote ---4-star CB Jamyest Williams committed to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon...

“It started with (Clemson defensive backs coach) Mike Reed and then over to (Georgia defensive coordinator) Mel Tucker, but then just the relationship with (Will) Muschamp and Robinson, dating back to Auburn — that’s just what it was going to take to get it done,” J.J. said. “Also, (Jamyest) just wanted to build his own legacy. He could have went to — let’s get it straight — he could have went to any school that he wanted to.

“Nobody dropped Jamyest off their recruiting list. As far as it goes, South Carolina was the best choice for him and that was the choice he wanted to make. He wants to build his own legacy. He wanted to make his own name for himself, day one.”

The decision “went down to the last few hours.”

“Just him being from Athens, UGA being in his backyard, just knowing the relationship he had with Mel Tucker … it was probably the hardest thing he probably had to do in his life, tell his hometown, his state school, that he’s going to play football elsewhere,” J.J. said.

“He liked coaches that he can relate to, somebody he feels like can be a father-figure, somebody that’s not just going to pat him on the back when things go wrong,” J.J. said. “He felt that with Coach T-Rob … it was just all about the relationships, consistently.”

Jamyest does not plan to enroll early at South Carolina.

Though he plans to take all five official visits, J.J. said his son’s commitment to the Gamecocks is firm.

“We don’t believe in committing and de-committing,” J.J. said. “Those are just values we have within ourselves. He’s still going to take his visits, let’s make that be known. He’s still going to take his five visits, but he is 100 percent (committed).”
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Devonta OrTre Smith

--- Quote ---WR OrTre Smith (6-4 212) of Wando, who at one time appeared destined to be a Clemson Tiger, announced Sunday night he instead will be a USC Gamecock and play for Will Muschamp.

Smith made his commitment announcement in Charleston as part of his birthday celebration.

Smith’s mother is a former Clemson volleyball player and most of his family support the Tigers.

He becomes USC’s 23rd commitment for the class and the third receiver, all with the last name of Smith.  He plans to enroll in January.
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Michael Carvell ‏@Michael_Carvell 22s22 seconds ago

SpursUp Surveillance: South Carolina’s recruiting weekend 

--- Quote ---Naytron Culpepper, the weekend’s uncommitted official visitor, gave the trip high marks.

Culpepper, a 3-star safety from Miami (Fla.) Carol City High School, also has an official visit to Michigan State scheduled in November. Maryland and Mississippi State remain in the mix for official visits.

Culpepper was the Gamecocks second uncommitted official visitor of the season. Three-star offensive lineman Jerry Drake Jr. was in town the weekend of the Texas A&M game.
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--- Quote ---South Carolina added a wide receiver commitment Friday night from Chad Terrell of Dallas, Ga.

Terrell (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) plays for North Paulding High and made his announcement before his game. He picked the Gamecocks over Oregon and N.C. State.

Terrell officially visited Oregon. His commitment gives USC 22 pledges for the 2017 class, three of those from wide receivers. He joins in-state standouts OrTre Smith (Wando) and Shi Smith (Union County).
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Jones County Junior College DE Javon Kinlaw gave a verbal to SC

SportsTalk ‏@sportstalksc 12h12 hours ago

#STRecruiting:  Culpepper hears again from Gamecocks http://sportstalksc.com/index.php/2016/12/01/strecruiting-culpepper-hears-gamecocks/ …

--- Quote ---Culpepper of Miami said he has been in contact recently with the USC coaching staff.

“Great coaching, a winning team, great atmosphere and a great education,” Culpepper said.

As for his commitment announcement, Culpepper is unsure when he plans to make it. He said he may plan to announce after he takes all of his official visits or may wait until signing day.
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