Monday, March 23
Will Muschamp (Credit: Chris Gillespie)
1. Five prospects to watch in the Palmetto State for 2022
While South Carolina’s football staff continues to work on the 2021 recruiting class, several names have emerged in the next crop – the class of 2022 – that are of intrigue. That group includes several within the borders of the Palmetto State. Here, we take a look at a handful of South Carolina prospects that the Gamecock staff likes so far.
• Jaleel Skinner – This Greer product is a long-time offer holder, having picked up the first in-state scholarship distributed by the staff. The 6-foot-5 wideout has been on campus numerous times and has heavy interest in the Gamecocks.
• EJ Evett – A Seneca wide receiver, Evett popped up almost out of nowhere and garnered an offer during a campus visit earlier this year. Others will likely follow, but South Carolina was able to grab an early foothold with the Upstate product.
• Adam Randall – He’s picked up several offers, including from the ACC and SEC, and South Carolina could be close. Randall played last season at Myrtle Beach with recent Gamecock quarterback signee Luke Doty.
• Jeadyn Lukus – A long cornerback prospect, Lukus also has SEC offers from Florida and LSU, among other schools. South Carolina will have some work to do to get established as a contender, but will be in the mix now that the staff has offered.
• Jaylen Sneed – We have been told from folks down that way that Sneed could be one of the most highly recruited prospects to ever come out of Beaufort County. He has nice measurable and big-time production in high school and is another that the Gamecocks could be close to pulling the trigger on with an offer.
- Chris Clark
2. This, that, and the other
Football: Gamecocks QB recruiting under Will Muschamp - South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp may be known as a defensive-minded coach, but since he arrived in Columbia, the Gamecocks have consistently recruited the quarterback position well, generally sticking to the one QB per class model. (subscription)
Football: What happened to Clarence Bailey? - Gamecock football fans who have followed the program's recruiting efforts for many years will surely remember the name Clarence Bailey. (subscription)
WBB: Top ten moments of the season - Let's take a look back at the top ten moments of the season. (link)
MBB: End of the year superlatives - It wasn't the year the Gamecocks had maybe hoped for, but once again South Carolina ended its season in the top half of the SEC and notched their fifth winning season in six years. (subscription)
SEC: Sankey discusses a few pressing topics - SEC commissioner Greg Sankey met with the media this week, discussing a range of different topics. A few excerpts from his teleconference are below. (link)
Football Recruiting: Tiyon Evans excited to have home state offer - Hutchinson Community College class of 2021 running back Tiyon Evans has been hoping to officially land an offer from South Carolina for some time. (subscription)
Football Recruiting: Carolina Confidential - Notes on interesting new offers that went out. (subscription)
MBB: How the Gamecocks stacked up against other SEC teams - The Gamecocks finished their season last week, notching their sixth .500 or better season in a row for the first time since the McGuire days. (link)
MBB - Henry: Gamecocks on 'edge of something great' - The graduate transfer didn’t get much playing time in his final year of eligibility, but what he did get was a first-hand look at what the Gamecocks are building for the next few years to come. (link)
MBB Recruiting: Insider Notes - Notes on transfers, recruiting, 2020/21 classes. (subscription)
Baseball Recruiting: Looking at South Carolina's 2020 baseball class - Baseball season in the SEC is over, which means the Gamecocks are focused now on tying up their 2020 recruiting class and building the next few. (link)
NFL: Gamecocks on the move as NFL free agency begins - Over the last few days as the league year begins, a few Gamecocks have already inked new deals and found new homes. (link)
NFL: Pharoh Cooper lands deal with Panthers - Former South Carolina football star and Havelock, N.C. native Pharoh Cooper will return to his home state after signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, the team announced. (link)
NFL: Swearinger lands back in New Orleans - Former South Carolina standout safety D.J. Swearinger has reportedly signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. (link)
NFL: Where Javon Kinlaw sits in latest mock drafts - It's not a matter of if Javon Kinlaw is a first-round draft pick, but just how high he goes. (link)
– Jackson Fields
3. On This Date
March 23, 2006 - USC's drive to be the first team to repeat as NIT Champions since St. John's in 1943 and 1944 took a step forward as the Gamecocks outlasted Cincinnati 65-62 to advance to the semifinals in New York. The Bearcats led 37-33 in the second half when Tre Kelley keyed a Carolina run with nine consecutive points to put USC in the lead. Cincinatti would come back and tie the game, but it would be Kelley again, this time with a layup with 48 seconds left for the decisive basket. Kelley led USC with 21 points, with Tarence Kimsey (18) and Brandon Wallace (13) also in double figures. Future USC guard Devan Downey scored for 10 for Cincinnati, his last game with UC before transferring to the Gamecocks.
March 23 Birthdays
• Andy Bostick (Forward, 1993-1995) - Averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game
• Bill Cregar (Linebacker, 1972-1974) - Starting FB in 72, LB 73-74. 316 tackles in 2 years
• Eric Fox (Fullback, 2001) - Walk-on
• Carroll Jones (Cornerback, 1969-1971) - Backup corner had interception vs Virginia Tech in 1970
• Tim Singleton (Linebacker, 1976-1979) - Three-year starter had 343 career tackles and 4 INT
John Parker, gamecockarchives.com
4. ⌚ Key Events (Countdown)
• April 23 – NFL Draft, Day 1 (31 days)
• July 13 – Football: SEC Media Days, Day 1 (112)
• Sept. 5 – Football: Coastal Carolina (166)
• Dec. 16 – Football: Early Signing Day (268)
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