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247 Sports National college football writer Chris Hummer ranks South Carolina 25th in his way-too-early top 25 series.

South Carolina was one of the more pleasant surprised in 2017, and they could take another step forward in 2018, as Hummer notes. They return 12 starters this fall -- eight on offense, four on defense -- and one of them is talented junior QB Jake Bentley. "The defensive side of the ball is where South Carolina will truly be tested with seven starters departing," writes Hummer. "Three of the Gamecocks' four starting defensive linemen are gone. Fortunately for South Carolina, standout defensive end Dennis Wonnum (13 TFL) is back to anchor the group and edge defender Bryson Allen-Williams returns from injury." The SEC is always loaded, but if the defense holds and Bentley takes strides forward, they could contend for the SEC East.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

One NFC executive believes South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst is maxed out physically since he will be 25 years old prior to his first NFL game.

"Now we have to see how much better he gets as a football player," the personnel member concluded. Factoring age into an evaluation can be a bit of a struggle, but a clear line is to assume dominating college players at age 24 is easier than age 22 or younger if only due to physical and mental maturation. In comparison, Hurst is already four years older than 2017 first round pick David Njoku. The tight end position is also one of the slowest developing positions in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 15 - 10:16 AM

247 Sports Chris Hummer lists South Carolina four-star 2018 C Hank Manos as a center who could make an immediate contribution in 2018.

The Gamecocks lose their starting center in Allan Knot, and Hummer points out that they don't have a true roster currently on the roster. Enter Manos. 247 Sports ranks Manos as the ninth best center in the class, and as Hummer writes: "Manos is an early enrollee with the frame, smarts and toughness to start from the jump. A state-champion wrestler, Manos is powerfully built at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds." Don't be surprised if Manos is snapping the football to Jake Bentley in 2018.
Source: Scout
Feb 11 - 1:27 PM

South Carolina signed three-star 2018 JUCO junior DT Jabari Ellis.

Ellis (6'3/285) ranks as the No. 46 JUCO prospect in the 2018 edition of the ESPN JC50. If he's to develop into a rotational piece on the line for the Gamecocks, he has a fair bit of work ahead of him. He lacks a consistent burst and proper hand usage comes and goes with Ellis.
Feb 8 - 5:00 PM

South Carolina signed uncommitted four-star 2018 DT Rick Sandidge.

Sandidge's final three were North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, but he goes with the Gamecocks in what looks to be a solid class for Will Muschamp and company. The 6-foot-5, 283-pound defensive tackle ranks 14th in 247 Sports list of top defensive tackles, and 141st overall in the 2018 class. With his size, he could be a member of the South Carolina defensive line rotation as soon as the 2018 season.
Source: The State
Feb 7 - 2:53 PM

South Carolina has hired George Wynn to be the new Director of Football Operations.

Wynn joins South Carolina after serving the last six years as the Football Operations director at Florida. Prior to that he served in the same capacity at Texas under Mack Brown, and before that he was at Arizona State under Bruce Snyder. Wynn replaces Robbie Liles, who is leaving South Carolina to pursue opportunities outside of athletics.
Feb 5 - 4:07 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior WR Terry Googer (concussion) is leaving football.

Googer had to be carted off the field on September 30 against Texas A&M after taking a hit on a punt return. In three seasons with the Gamecocks, had made 12 catches for 140 yards without finding the end zone. He was predominantly used on special teams in his time with South Carolina.
Feb 4 - 4:48 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from 2018 four-star T Dylan Wonnum.

Wonnum will know at least one player on the Gamecocks' roster, as his brother D.J. Woonum plays defensive line for South Carolina. He took official visits to Auburn and Tennessee in January, and also had offers from Georgia and Alabama. He ranks as the 13th best OT in 247 Sports composite rankings, and their scouting report suggests he's an impressive prospect with quality feet, size potential and flexibility.
Source: The State
Feb 3 - 6:25 PM

South Carolina promoted defensive analyst Kyle Krantz to an unspecified on-field staff position.

Krantz has been an analyst with the Gamecocks for the past two seasons. While his role has not been defined by a title, he should see work with the special team and linebacking groups moving forward. Krantz is set to make $125,000 for the coming campaign.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 3 - 4:16 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from 2019 three-star G Mark Fox.

Fox chooses the Gamecocks over offers from programs like Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Ole Miss and Louisville. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard ranks in ESPN's Junior 300, and 17th among the guards in the class. A scouting report indicates that Fox has an impressive frame and shows the ability to deliver quality pop, but will need to get stronger going forward if he's going to play at the next level.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 2 - 9:57 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Jamario Holley.

Holley (6'0/180) took his most recent visit to the Gamecocks near the end of January. He hails from Rock Hill, South Carolina. Arkansas, Virginia Tech and Tennessee were among the other programs who had tossed the wideout early offers. On the 247Sports composite board for 2019, he slides in at No. 293 overall. As with all early rankings, that mark on 247Sports will almost certainly see some movement once we hit the offseason camp circuit.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 2 - 12:23 PM

SEC Country reports that South Carolina 2018 four-star JUCO commit WR Ronnie Jamison "isn’t likely" to wind up with the Gamecocks due to academic issues.

Jamison (6'1/195) is a top-20 overall JUCO recruit, according to ESPN. He recently said he was going to take some other visits this month before potentially signing with the Gamecocks next month. If his academic house isn't in order, it's entirely possible we won't see him at the FBS level next fall. As for his game on the field, ESPN is bullish. "Jamison is a savvy player who can develop into a bigger threat if he can gain more suddenness after the catch," the outlet noted. "He should add immediate depth and could be an immediate starter."
Source: SEC Country
Jan 31 - 8:44 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang notes JaMarcus King as a player who impressed during the Senior Bowl.

Rang only mentions one play in the game, but it was a good one, and a big one at the time, too. "With one perfectly executed pass breakup, King captured the attention of every scout watching the Senior Bowl," writes Rang. "Matched up one-on-one in the end zone against Oklahoma State’s James Washington (the best receiver throughout the week of practice), King showed confidence with the ball thrown in his direction, turning his head to locate it as the receiver leapt up, and extending his hand to tip the well-thrown pass (by Virginia’s Kurt Benkert) into the hands of Louisiana Tech safety Secdrick Cooper for an interception rather than a touchdown." Scouts love seeing defenders able to handle one-on-one matchups close to the end zone, and King (6'2/182) did just that on Saturday. That tape will be studied for months.
Jan 27 - 8:36 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 T Dylan Wonnum is taking an official visit to South Carolina this weekend.

South Carolina is already home to junior DE D.J. Wonnum, Dylan's older brother. They will try to coax baby brother to join their crew before the weekend is out. The younger Wonnum brother has already had himself a busy January, taking official trips to Tennessee and Auburn over the past two weekends. While the Vols are in the hunt, it's increasingly looking like this competition for Wonnum's NLI will come down to South Carolina and Auburn. The offensive tackle ranks as Rivals' No. 115 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 26 - 4:34 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 DT Rick Sandidge is taking an official visit to North Carolina this weekend.

Sandidge (6'5/283) earlier this month took an official visit to Georgia. He'll be doing likewise with South Carolina next weekend. These three programs -- North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina -- are the current top three for his pledge. We see the Gamecocks as the favorite in this equation. Sandidge ranks as Rivals' No. 36 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He's made much of his hay based on his pure physical tools, with work still to be done on the technical front.
Source: Rivals
Jan 20 - 4:59 PM


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