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Three-star 2017 QB Jay Urich committed to South Carolina.

Urich announced his decision during a ceremony at Wren High School in Piedmont, South Carolina. The 6-foot-3, 186-pound dual-threat gunslinger explained that his connection with the Gamecock coaching staff played a huge part in his commitment. "I'd say just the coaches, Coach Roper, Coach Muschamp, feeling comfortable with them. They're just an awesome staff that I'm comfortable with." He stands as South Carolina's ninth commitment for the 2017 cycle and their first of the quarterback species.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 12:23 PM

South Carolina redshirt junior QB Connor Mitch will transfer after he graduates this summer.

"Connor has the opportunity to graduate from South Carolina this summer and will look to continue his playing career at another university in the fall," coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. Mitch's day as a Gamecock were probably numbered after Muschamp named senior Perry Orth and freshman Brandon McIlwain as co-starters following the spring. The 6-foot-4, 216-pounder is eligible to play wherever he goes in 2016 and retains two years of eligibility. "I have enjoyed my time at South Carolina and will graduate later this summer," Mitch said. "I believe it’s in my best interest to continue my playing career at another school. I’d like to thank all the Gamecock fans for their support during my time in Columbia."
Source: SEC Country
May 20 - 8:21 PM

South Carolina DC Travaris Robinson said, "We have to be an opportunistic football team."

"I thought our kids did a really good job of getting the football early in spring. I think they faded a little bit down the stretch. That’s something we have to be good at," Robinson said. He is alluding to the fact that the Gamecock defense did not record a turnover in their spring game. Signs and wonders, though, South Carolina showed vague signs of life in terms of turnovers last season, ranking eighth in the SEC with their twelve interceptions. They did even better recovering fumbles, ranking fifth in the conference with eight. "That’s one of the things we harped on, about being a blue-collar mentality football team," Robinson said. "I think our guys really grasped that in spring as we progressed."
Source: The State
May 19 - 11:01 PM

Former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier indicated that he would not be interested in being CFB commissioner.

"That sounds like a lot of work," Spurrier said, "traveling around the country trying to keep up with Ole Miss and whoever else has been under investigation right now." Hugh Freeze might want to apply an icepack to that burn he just received. While Spurrier does not want a job as the currently fictional college football commissioner -- he addressed all of this at a golf course, so there you go -- he did indicate that he would be in favor of that fictional position existing.
Source: The State
May 19 - 10:14 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang deemed South Carolina senior LB Skai Moore to be the No. 8 senior prospect in the 2017 class.

Rang wouldn't quite go so far as to give Moore the dreaded "undersized" label, but he did note that the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder "perhaps lack[s] ideal size." That aside, the analyst wrote, "Moore is athletic, instinctive and possesses a knack for making the game-changing play." Last season, the Gamecock linebacker recorded 110 tackles (6.5 for loss), a pair of sacks, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Source: CBS Sports
May 19 - 12:29 PM

Legendary South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore will coach at Heathwood Hall High School in South Carolina as an offensive assistant.

Lattimore planned to work with the Gamecocks after earning his degree, but the NCAA deemed that impermissible. We expect Lattimore to continue to work his way up to the college coaching ranks. His degree is in public health.
May 9 - 9:23 AM

Falcons signed South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds.

Wilds (6'1/220) was an injury-riddled rotational back for the Gamecocks, compiling 1,844 yards and 13 TDs on 379 career carries (4.87 YPC), also catching 59 passes. He followed up a pedestrian college career with monster pre-draft workouts, blazing 4.54 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 21 bench-press reps. A grinder back with more athleticism than he showed on college tape, Wilds struggles with balance, durability, and consistency, and lacks elusiveness as a stiff, straight-line runner. Despite his impressive Combine, Wilds is an NFL long shot.
May 3 - 9:01 PM

Falcons signed South Carolina DT Gerald Dixon.

Dixon (6'3/327) made 27 starts on the interior line, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and two blocked kicks. Purely a two-gap nose tackle, Dixon has a very limited ceiling without any hint of pass-rush ability as purely a one-dimensional run stuffer. Dixon's point-holding ability will earn him a place in the NFL, but his upside is basically Kyle Love.
May 2 - 3:03 PM

Giants selected South Carolina State TE Jerell Adams with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Adams (6'5/247) made 15 starts for the Gamecocks, tallying 977 yards and seven TDs on 66 catches (14.80 YPR). An above-average athlete, Adams ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Adams mainly played slot receiver at South Carolina, only sprinkling into select packages as an in-line tight end. He did make late-career strides as a blocker, shining there at the Senior Bowl. Adams is old for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 later this year -- but he offers starter-quality length (34-inch arms) and movement skills, and is a weapon down the seam. He has a chance to be a value pick for New York.
Apr 30 - 4:08 PM

Jets selected South Carolina T Brandon Shell with the No. 158 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Shell (6'5/324) made 48 starts for the Gamecocks, manning right tackle his first three years before protecting the blind side as a senior. He showed NFL length (34 3/4") and huge hands (10 3/4") at the Combine, also shining in the forty (5.22) and broad jump (9'4"). The great nephew of Art Shell, Brandon's tape reveals a long, meaty lineman who lacks the feet and agility for left tackle and isn't a good enough run blocker for the right side. Already 24, Shell's ceiling is probably a swing tackle.
Apr 30 - 2:59 PM

Rams selected South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper with the No. 117 pick in the 2016 draft.

Cooper (5'11/203) spent three seasons at South Carolina, earning first-team All-SEC as both a sophomore and junior before turning pro. An all-purpose playmaker, Cooper finished his career with a 138-2,163-18 (15.7 YPR) receiving line, 71-513-4 (7.23 YPC) rushing, and four passing TDs. Cooper also returned punts. He did most of his offensive damage on manufactured touches -- a red flag on his NFL transition -- and tested poorly, running 4.63 at South Carolina's Pro Day with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Cooper was an exciting college player who probably won't be nearly as exciting in the pros.
Apr 30 - 1:08 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that South Carolina TE Jerell Adams "should hear his name called tonight."

"The Gamecock tight end has been swiftly moving up draft boards since last September," Pauline noted, "and I'm told the Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will consider him as Round 3 closes out." One scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this month said that he has "all the physical skills in the world," but cautions that the 6-foot-5, 247-pounder's mental game might not be up to par with his physical one. Another evaluator observed that Adams is still adding to his blocking acumen. We could see a Day 2 run on tight ends given the thin state of the position.
Apr 29 - 2:46 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Giants like South Carolina RB Brandon Wilds.

"Giant fans should keep his name in mind once the sixth round opens up," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back met with the Patriots and Lions during the pre-draft process, in addition to the Giants.
Apr 26 - 3:57 PM

One NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prefers South Carolina OT Brandon Shell as a prospect to Jason Spriggs.

Spriggs is considered a late-first or early-second rounder, while Shell is seen as a late Day 3 flier. "He's a big guy with some athleticism," the scout said of Shell. "He's competitive. He'll fight you." The 6-foot-5, 327-pound Shell is the nephew of Hall of Famer Art Shell. "Obviously, he has the bloodline," one scout said. "He played really well at the East-West (Game). He's a right tackle. Just a big body." A third scout concluded: "Right tackle only. He's pretty steady."
Apr 25 - 4:56 PM

Anonymous NFL scouts speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questioned South Carolina TE Jerell Adams' intelligence.

"He's got all the physical skills in the world," a scout said. "What holds him back is what's between his ears (Wonderlic of 15). Does he have the will to work through his deficiencies? That's what you have to ask yourself. He's explosively talented." With 34 3/8 inch arms, Adams had the longest of this year's tight end crop. "Tough guy," another scout said. "Got some athletic ability. He's just not real good mentally." A third only talked about Adams' game: "Straight-line speed, pretty good athlete and solid, not special hands. Still learning a lot in the blocking game using his power. He's a No. 2 at best, a No. 3 early on."
Apr 23 - 12:20 PM


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