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Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk transferred to South Carolina.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with Clemson as a four-star recruit in the most recent class and subsequently took part in spring practice with the Tigers. However, the allure of home began to gnaw on the defensive tackle out of Richburg, South Carolina, and he announced his transfer intent in mid-May. Georgia and South Carolina both received visits from Belk before he made his decision to side with the Gamecocks. He'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations, but a redshirt may well have been in order for him regardless. Rivals ranked Belk as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 9 - 12:34 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 RB Kevin Harris.

Right up front, we should note that Harris is not receiving a ton of love from the national rankings sets, with the 247Sports composite board not seeing him home until No. 1,020. That said, 247Sports analyst Steve Wiltfong believes that folks might have just missed the boat on this one, writing that the 5-foot-11, 229-pound Harris is "a battering ram at the line of scrimmage," one who also possesses "the ability to bounce off defenders and find his stride and top-end speed quickly."
Source: 247Sports
Jun 7 - 4:15 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Joseph Anderson.

Anderson (6'4/265) takes the plunge with the Gamecocks in front of a weekend official visit to the program. Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas (among others) all received unofficial check-ins from the defensive end. 247Sports refers to their consensus board's No. 208 prospect in the class as a "force on the edge" and notes that he possesses "tremendous upside." They'd like to see improved technical proficiency, but that's par for the course with most high school recruits. We love what HC Will Muschamp and staff have done on the recruiting trail of late, especially along the defensive line. Last week, they nabbed a pledge from five-star supernova DE Zacch Pickens. On the whole, South Carolina is now up to 13 pledges for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 1 - 1:35 PM

South Carolina redshirt senior LB Bryson Allen-Williams (shoulder) said that he is "working out 100%."

Allen-Williams (6'3/230) took a medical redshirt for the 2017 season after appearing in just three games before sustaining a debilitating shoulder injury. He's underwent surgery on the wing and -- after working in limited fashion this spring -- should be a healthy participant in August camp barring a setback. He posted 75 tackles (8.5 for loss), two sacks and two interceptions during a uninterrupted 2016 campaign. Both program and player are hoping that he's ready for a true breakout showcase during the coming season.
Source: 247Sports
May 29 - 3:41 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared South Carolina five-star 2019 verbal DL commit Zacch Pickens to Alabama freshman DL Stephon Wynn.

"A big body that can get off the ball and be a powerful and active presence in the trenches," Haubert writes of the similarities between Pickens and Wynn (who is just now embarking on his first year of college ball). The analyst additionally notes that the 6-foot-5, 268-pound Pickens "can not only anchor against the run but can also be an active presence in the trenches as well." On the ESPN 300, the South Carolina pledge ranks as the No. 25 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
May 28 - 12:48 PM

Rivals analyst Woody Wommack pegged South Carolina three-star 2019 verbal QB commit Ryan Hilinski as one of the top quarterback performers during the Rivals 3 Stripe camp series.

Hilinski (6'3/218) strutted his stuff at the Los Angeles camp regional earlier this spring, winning position group MVP in the process. Wommack forwards that he'll likely be in for a serious rankings update by the time he hits the Rivals 5-Star Challenge camp in Atlanta. That big showcase will be held June 27-29. As matters currently stand, Rivals ranks Hilinski as the No. 11 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class, though again, that mark's only going to rise for the recent South Carolina pledge.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 11:10 AM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 DL Zacch Pickens.

Pickens ranks as the top strong-side defensive end in the country in 247 Sports composite rankings, and 14th overall among all players regardless of position. He had offers from your usual list of big-name school, and was seriously considering Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and LSU; just to name a select few. Reports call Pickens (6'5/268) a force on the defensive line who can impact the game as a run-stuffer and also get to the quarterback. A tremendous get for the Gamecocks already impressive class.
Source: The State
May 25 - 8:13 PM

Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk said that his unofficial visit to South Carolina on Wednesday "went great."

"I had a good conversation with [C]oach Muschamp about how much I can help the team. The coaches are still the fans towards me. They still want me. Showed that feelings never changed," Belk said. Several times in the above quote, the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder alluded to the fact that he and South Carolina were involved in an advanced courtship over the winter before the four-star defensive tackle signed on with Clemson in February. Georgia is playing host to the defensive tackle on Thursday. Regardless of whether he opts for the Gamecocks or Bulldogs (or Chanticleers -- Coastal Carolina should be viewed as a dark horse contender, here), he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Source: 247Sports
May 24 - 4:42 PM

Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk is visiting South Carolina and Georgia this week.

Belk (6'3/325) will be checking out the Gamecocks on Wednesday and the Bulldogs on Thursday. South Carolina could have an inside track, here. The former four-star defensive tackle was seeing heavy interest from HC Will Muschamp and staff throughout the most recent recruiting cycle and said that he was very close to signing with the program before he ultimately sided with Clemson. Coastal Carolina is also a potential player, here, though they should be considered a longshot for Belk's services. Having enrolled early at Clemson, this move -- wherever it might take him in the FBS -- is going to cost him the 2018 season, as he'll be required to sit it out to satisfy transfer regulations.
Source: The State
May 23 - 11:49 AM

South Carolina signed four-star 2018 WR Josh Vann in December.

Vann committed to South Carolina, but it was reportedly "neck-and'neck" with Georgia to procure his services. ESPN's scouting services compare Vann to Antonio Callaway in terms of football talent; as his athleticism and ability to make tacklers miss make him a threat to do something special every time he touches the football. He'll need to get stronger (5'10/177), but the talent is here to become a big part of the Gamecocks' passing game over the coming seasons.
Source: SEC Country
May 21 - 2:03 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough reports that South Carolina redshirt sophomore RB Ty'Son Williams could end up being the starter at tailback for the Gamecocks in 2018.

As Scarborough writes, the South Carolina passing game doesn't have many questions in the passing game with Deebo Samuel at wide receiver and Jake Bentley at quarterback. The running game does, however, but there are options here, particularly Williams. "There are three good options in A.J. Turner, Rico Dowdle and Ty'Son Williams, but no feature back," writes Scarborough. "Could Williams, who coaches believe could be the most talented of the bunch, step into that mold? The former four-star prospect had a touchdown and led all rushers with 63 yards on four carries in the spring game." Don't be surprised if the former UNC transfer becomes the top option for the Gamecocks in 2018.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 2:00 PM

Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk will transfer.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with the Tigers during the early December window. Coming out of high school, he was viewed by Rivals as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle. He takes the (very) early exit having earlier participated in Clemson's spring practice. While Belk has yet to play a game at the college level, NCAA regulations are going to force him to sit out the upcoming season should he transfer within the FBS. He could apply for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the governing body once he arrives at his new program, but that's not something we would bank on to be successful. South Carolina -- who pushed hard for his pledge before Belk opted in with Clemson -- is probably the program to watch now that big defensive tackle is back on the free agent market.
May 16 - 4:55 PM

CBS Sports analyst Will Brinson pegged South Carolina redshirt senior WR Deebo Samuel to the New York Jets with the No. 3 pick in his recent 2019 mock draft.

Brinson likes the Samuel-to-Jets connection due to Gang Green needing to rack up some weapons for the just-drafted Sam Darnold. We understand and endorse the logic, there, though a top-three selection for the 6-foot, 202-pound Samuel feels incredibly rich to us. It's outside of the industry consensus, at the very least -- to whit, neither ESPN's Todd McShay, nor Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, have Samuel being drafted until the mid-20's in their own recent 2019 mocks.
Source: CBS Sports
May 15 - 2:14 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists South Carolina redshirt sophomore OL Sadarius Hutcherson as the Gamecocks' breakout player of spring practices.

As Scarborough notes, South Carolina has a chance to have a "special" passing game with Deebo Samuel at wide receiver and Jake Bentley at quarterback, but they need to keep Bentley upright. Hutcherson is one of those players tasked with doing so, and reports indicate he did a strong job of doing so in the spring. He could see his draft stock explode if he continues doing that in the fall, as he has the frame (6'4/311) and athleticism to suggest that success could come at the next level.
Source: ESPN
May 11 - 8:25 PM

South Carolina signed three-star 2018 S Israel Mukuamu in December.

Mukuamu (6'4/198) was an early enroll for the Gamecocks, which gives him a better chance of playing early. He was also considering Florida State -- he decommitted from the Seminoles in November -- and also took visits to Purdue and Georgia, among other schools. He'll need to add strength, but Mukuamu gets quality reviews on his range and athleticism, and in the mean time, he could make an impact on special teams.
Source: SEC Country
May 7 - 2:10 PM


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