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South Carolina signed four-star DT Stephon Taylor.

New HC Will Muschamp was working with something of a handicap in recruiting, as Steve Spurrier's retirement--coupled with the fact that Muschamp wasn't hired until December--muddied the water quite a bit. South Carolina ultimately finished with Rivals' No. 26 class for the 2016 cycle. Among the players he'll be bringing on board, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Taylor. Even that wasn't a given, though, as Taylor was undecided until National Signing Day and took January visits to both Florida State and Texas. On the ESPN 300, he checks in at No. 226. While this recruiting class was something of a hit/miss effort, it's not fair to judge Muschamp based on what he did in very limiting circumstances. Judge away come 2017?
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 13 - 12:58 PM

South Carolina redshirt sophomore WR Shaq Davidson intends to transfer.

Davidson has left the team already. A 2014 four-star signee, Davidson redshirted in his first year and then missed last season with torn knee ligament sustained in preseason practices. The former Shrine Bowl and U.S. Army All-America Bowl selection figures to get plenty of love on the transfer free agent circuit.
Source: The State
Feb 12 - 10:11 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock compared South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper to Golden Tate.

Tate was an undersized track savant in high school who was so athletically gifted that he was once picked in the MLB Draft. Similarly undersized, fast and blessed, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Cooper a home run play waiting to happen. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler says he's a superior prospect to Braxton Miller and compares Cooper to Packers WR Randall Cobb.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 1:13 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper is a superior prospect to Braxton Miller.

Brugler admits he is likely higher on Cooper's game than most and considers him a top five receiver in the class. The South Carolina product has started to receiver more buzz as evaluators dive into junior tape. Cooper virtually carried the South Carolina passing game for a couple of seasons and was used both outside and inside, displaying skills in both spots. He's an explosive player who could see his early snaps inside.
Feb 10 - 10:07 AM

Former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier was named special assistant to SC president Harris Pastides and AD Ray Tanner.

Spurrier retired in October, but there was a clause in his contract that would allow him to take a special assistant position if he so chose. He's so chosen. The 70-year-old's already met with boosters and donors at several basketball games. Spurrier's ruminated on the circumstances of his retirement of late, saying that he "missed [his expiration date]" and indicating that he wished he had stepped aside at the end of the 2014 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 9:57 PM

Former South Carolina HC Steve Spurrier discussed his retirement, saying, "We all have an expiration date, I missed mine."

Spurrier indicated that he believes his coaching milk expired in bowl action at the end of the 2014. "[My expiration date] should have been after the Miami game in 2014," said the Ol' Ball Coach. That would have been a less confusing exit than what he pulled off this season, as the Gamecocks beat the Hurricanes 24-21 in the Independence Bowl in the aforementioned 2014 expiration game. As is, he announced his retirement in early October of 2015, during a season in which South Carolina finished 3-9. Nowhere to go but up for new HC Will Muschamp, at least in theory.
Feb 8 - 6:26 PM

South Carolina signed four-star DE Kier Thomas.

South Carolina wasn't one of the five (!) SEC schools to earn a spot in Rivals' Top-10 recruiting classes of the 2016 cycle, but given their coaching chaos during the season, new head honcho Will Muschamp should be pleased to have the 26th overall class. Expectations will likely be higher come 2017, but for now, it's fine. The 6-foot-1, 255-pound Thomas actually entered the picture after HC Steve Spurrier had already stepped down. He had been committed to Florida State from February to December of last year. Per the ESPN 300 (where he falls into line at No. 192), "You wish Thomas possessed little better size and while he may not wow you physically or in a testing setting, he is a tough and disruptive player that can create problems in the trenches."
Feb 7 - 5:27 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht observed that South Carolina four-star QB Brandon McIlwain "could take over the starting job this fall."

"[A]fter South Carolina ranked ninth in the SEC in passing yards, new head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Kurt Roper have little reason to rely on only returning talent," Becht wrote. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound McIlwain's a dual-threat with a strong speed element to his game, leading Becht to note that "[his] arm strength and ability to make plays outside of the pocket could win him the job." Last season, redshirt senior QB Perry Orth (who started the majority of contests for the Gamecocks) threw for a lackluster 1,934 yards (54.8% completions) with a 12/9 TD/INT ratio.
Feb 6 - 5:23 PM

Four-star QB Brandon McIlwain signed with South Carolina.

The 6-foot-1, 204-pound dual-threat gunslinger (No. 118 on the ESPN 300) is "a dynamic athlete [who] is the perfect fit for the spread offense. Arm and legs need to be defended at all times. Top end speed is outstanding for the position," according to ESPN's analysis. This all sounds great, though we'll have to wait and see whether Will Muschamp can develop McIlwain to his full potential.
Feb 2 - 9:11 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo posits that South Carolina TE Jerell Adams will continue to "get even more buzz in a tight end class that lacks top-end talent."

Adams made quite a name for himself with NFL scouts last week at the Senior Bowl. PFF has long been a champion of his work, praising Adams' "strong in-line blocking and flashes of big-play ability." Adams' +13.7 run-block grade as a TE tied for ninth in the nation last year. "Unfortunately, South Carolina’s poor passing offense limited his opportunities, as he finished with only 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns," Palazzolo wrote. "He made the most of them, however, forcing 10 missed tackles on the 28 catches and showing subtle elusiveness in his route running."
Feb 2 - 3:26 PM

JUCO redshirt sophomore RB Tyren Jones won't be able to complete his South Carolina transfer this week.

JUCO transfer hopeful Jones had been expected to sign on Wednesday, but he indicated that he'll have to graduate from Hutchinson Community College first. "Once I graduate, then everything will be OK," Jones said. "I am probably going to come [to South Carolina] in the summer." The 5-foot-9, 212-pound runner initially signed with Alabama out of high school as part of the 2014 recruiting class, but was booted from the team last March following an arrest for marijuana possession (he had already been placed on indefinite suspension the month prior to the arrest). He subsequently transferred to Hutchinson.
Source: The State
Feb 1 - 8:43 PM

South Carolina hired Florida strength and conditioning coach Mike Peterson to serve as OLB coach.

Peterson was a linebacker with Florida under Steve Spurrier from 1995-1998. The Colts selected him in the second round of the 1999 draft. In his 14-year NFL career, he also played for the Jaguars and Falcons. After he retired from the pros in 2012, Peterson took a job as a strength and conditioning coach with the Gators. With his hire, HC Will Muschamp has now filled out his coaching staff for the 2016 season.
Source: USA Today
Jan 26 - 6:32 PM

JUCO redshirt sophomore RB Tyren Jones has transferred to South Carolina.

Jones started his college career at Alabama, but was suspended in February of last year due to conduct detrimental to the team. The 5-foot-9, 212-pound redshirt sophomore subsequently opted to play for Hutchinson Community College in Kansas during the 2015 campaign. Looks like he's back, now with South Carolina. As a freshman, he rushed for 224 yards (6.2 YPC) and a pair of scores on 36 carries. "I have a good relationship with the coaches [at South Carolina] and the system itself and the opportunity for me," Jones said, "I love it, I loved everything."
Source: The State
Jan 24 - 1:04 PM

During halftime of the basketball showdown between South Carolina and Missouri, Gamecocks' HC Will Muschamp said, "I can only guarantee you one thing. We're not going to get out-worked."

Muschamp--who signed a five-year, $16 million contract with South Carolina in early December--was introduced on the court along with his staff. This will be his first head coaching gig since Florida fired him in late autumn, 2014. He spent the last season serving as Auburn's defensive coordinator. In addition to being introduced on court, he also (not on court) offered an update on redshirt sophomore freshman DE Shameik Blackshear, who's recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered outside an apartment complex in the middle of December. Said Muschamp, "[The doctors] believe [he'll play again]," before adding, "let’s just worry about the young man’s health at this time."
Jan 16 - 7:19 PM

South Carolina junior LB Skai Moore announced he is returning to school for the 2016 season.

Moore will play under Will Muschamp next season. The decision is a bit surprising, as Moore is an NFL worthy talent, but some players enjoy the college experience and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Moore is South Carolina's most talented defensive player, and it is uncommon to find a linebacker who is as comfortable in coverage as Moore.
Source: The State
Jan 7 - 10:35 AM


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