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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

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

Texas A&M redshirt senior CB Nick Harvey transferred to South Carolina as a graduate.

Arizona, Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee were all vying for Harvey's transfer, with the Gamecocks ultimately winning out. His 2017 season was a wash following a knee injury sustained last spring, but 2016 saw him post 66 tackles with 10 passes defended. The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder initially enrolled with Texas A&M as a highly-regarded four-star recruit in the Aggies' 2014 signing class. It's a strong addition for South Carolina HC Will Muschamp, whose squad is looking to take the next developmental step forward this coming season. Harvey's exact place on the depth chart will clarify over the summer.
May 3 - 4:49 PM

Colts signed South Carolina OLB Skai Moore.

Moore (6’2/226) missed the 2016 season to rehab a herniated disk in his neck, then returned to earn first-team All-SEC as a fifth-year senior, leading the Gamecocks in tackles in each of his four seasons as a starter and tying a school record with 14 interceptions. In 2017, PFF College credited Moore with a 49.9 passer rating when targeted – the lowest mark in this year’s linebacker class – and one touchdown pass allowed on 122 career targets. Although Moore is undersized and not an elite athlete (4.73 speed, 31st-percentile SPARQ), he offers early special teams value and could develop into a useful sub-package linebacker in time.
May 3 - 11:59 AM

Saints signed South Carolina DT Taylor Stallworth.

Stallworth (6’2/312) made 31 starts on the Gamecocks’ defensive line, managing 6.5 career tackles for loss in an old-school, two-gap nose tackle role. In 2017, lPFF College still credited Stallworth with 24 QB pressures and 17 total defensive stops as South Carolina’s disruptive space eater. Just a second-percentile SPARQ athlete, Stallworth is a throwback, two-down run stopper who probably won’t become a factor on passing downs.
May 2 - 6:05 PM

South Carolina signed four-star 2018 QB Dakereon Joyner in December.

Joyner was considered one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the class, and ranked ninth among that position in the 247 Sports rankings. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound signal-caller can make plays with his feet and his arm, although there have been questions about his decision-making and accuracy as a thrower. Still, this is a high-ceiling prospect, and he could be the heir apparent to Jake Bentley when he leaves the Gamecocks in 2019 or 2020.
Source: The State
May 1 - 1:23 PM

South Carolina received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Traevon Kenion.

Kenion ranks 44th among wide receivers according to 247 Sports composite rankings, and 13th among players out of the state of North Carolina. At 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, Kenion has ideal size for a red-zone target at the wide receiver position, but also reportedly has quality speed and the ability to make tacklers miss. This could be a high-impact player for Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks for the 2019 class.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 30 - 5:06 PM

South Carolina redshirt freshman LB Davonne Bowen has announced his retirement.

Bowen is retiring due to a lingering neck issue which makes it too dangerous for him to play football. "Bowen began to suffer from stingers during his true freshman season a year ago. The stingers returned this spring and wouldn't go away, often occurring at the slightest contact," A source told The State. He will remain at USC on scholarship for a medical hardship.
Source: The State
Apr 30 - 12:15 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that transferring Texas A&M redshirt senior CB Nick Harvey has taken visits to Tennessee, Auburn, Arizona and South Carolina.

Harvey (5'10/195) is moving on from the Aggies as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play immediately in 2018 with his program to-be. Arizona stands as the lone outlier from this otherwise SEC-dominant quartet. The redshirt senior missed the 2017 season due to a knee surgery required following an injury sustained last spring. During a healthy 2016 season, Harvey registered 66 tackles with 10 passes defended while working as a 10-game starter. If he can rebound healthy this year, he should serve as -- if nothing else -- a strong depth add with his eventual transfer home. Circle May 11 on your calendar, as that will not only be the day that Harvey graduates from Texas A&M, but also the day that he plans on announcing his future program.
Apr 29 - 12:06 PM

Ravens selected South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Hurst (6’5/250) will be a 25-year-old rookie after spending two seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization, then three with the Gamecocks, tallying a career 100/1,281/12.8/3 receiving line and setting school records for a tight end in catches and yards. Hurst tested as a 46th-percentile athlete with 4.67 speed before the draft. Hurst is raw and old for a prospect, but he offers a plus pass-catching skill set and willingness to block. Even at his age, Hurst offers room for growth in a sport he wasn’t even focusing on four years ago. Hurst is yet another addition to an offensive skill group that has been complete overhauled in Baltimore.
Apr 26 - 11:05 PM

On the Pick Six Podcast, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora believes that the Seahawks are trying to trade down.

No big surprise here for a variety of reasons, but the chief being 1. This is what the Seahawks do every year and 2. The Seahawks don't have any picks in the second or third round because of trades. La Canfora suggests that the Saints could be a trade up partner for them to make sure they are able to get Hayden Hurst. We're not sure Seattle would move down nine spots for just a third round pick -- the Saints don't have a second either -- but we certainly expect Seattle to move down on Thursday. Maybe more than once.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 12:55 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares South Carolina CB JaMarcus King to New York Jets CB Darryl Roberts.

King's 4.70 second 40 yard dash time was the lowest of any corner at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Zierlein notes that his lack of burst is a concern. There are certainly things to like about the 6-foot1, 185-pound corner, including his instincts and "obvious" ball skills. Zierlein projects him to go near the end of Day 3, but someone who falls in love with a long-limber corner profile could take him earlier than that. It wouldn't be the first time that a corner of this time wen't earlier than expected.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 25 - 2:07 PM


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