South Carolina expectations for Deebo Samuel, closer look at Gamecocks’ RBs, sleepers and more

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WR Deebo Samuel is a jack-of-all-trades

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley can’t wait to take the field with do-everything wide receiver Deebo Samuel on Sept. 2 vs. N.C. State.

“He’s a guy we’re going to move around everywhere in our offense and get him the ball,” Bentley said of the redshirt junior receiver.

Co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper echoed the same, saying that Samuel could even see time at quarterback in the wildcat package.

In 2016, Samuel scored at least one touchdown receiving, rushing, passing and returning kicks.

Deeper look at South Carolina’s running backs

The South Carolina running back corps is more than just sophomores Rico Dowdle and Ty’Son Williams.

“There’s three great running backs now,” Bentley told reporters on Tuesday. “Rico, Ty’Son and A.J. have really run well. A.J. Turner has put some more weight on and he’s really looked good. He’s never been scared to hit somebody, but he’s got more weight on. He’s really taking it to a defender now.”

The sophomore quarterback also praised redshirt sophomore RB Mon Denson, saying he’s “had a great camp.”

Don’t sleep on this sophomore defensive lineman

Don’t forget about sophomore defensive lineman Keir Thomas, implores JC Shurburtt of The Big Spur.

As a true freshman in 2016, Thomas posted 24 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks and a forced fumble. The coaching staff expects even bigger things out of him this season.

“They need to take the next step,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said of Thomas and fellow sophomore linemen Kobe Smith and D.J. Wonnum. “Year 1 to Year 2 has got be your largest movement as far as your improvement as a player. That’s got to happen for those guys.”

Two targets announcing this week

247Sports 3-star lineman and South Carolina target Raiqwon O’Neal will announce his college decision on Wednesday night. SEC Country sources expect the Conway, S.C., native to pick Rutgers.

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Four-star WR Josh Vann could announce his commitment following Tucker (Ga.) High School’s season opener on Saturday morning.

Vann, rated as the No. 177 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 by the 247Sports Composite, is expected to choose between South Carolina and Georgia.

Top 3 for 3-star SF

Three-star small forward Jimmy Nichols Jr. unveiled his top 3 schools on Tuesday: South Carolina, Miami and Providence.

The Conway (S.C.) High School standout is rated as the No. 4 prospect in South Carolina and No. 177 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 by the 247Sports Composite.

The 6-foot-7 forward boasts offers from the three schools above, as well as Arizona State, College of Charleston, Georgetown, Hofstra, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and more.

NFL Gamecocks

The Houston Texans gave Rock Hill, S.C., some love on Twitter on Tuesday.

The Texans PR account highlighted the long-standing connection between Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, from Rock Hill to the University of South Carolina to the NFL.

Clowney and Gilmore were both stars at South Pointe High School, each winning the South Carolina Mr. Football award (Gilmore in 2008, Clowney in 2010) before signing with the Gamecocks.

Gilmore was picked No. 10 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft, while Clowney went No. 1 overall to the Texans in 2014.

The unforgettable mullet

Former South Carolina defensive line coach Brad Lawing referenced former South Carolina QB Steve Taneyhill and his infamous mullet recently when speaking to Chris Low of ESPN.

Lawing, now the defensive ends coach at Florida State, and the former quarterback overlapped at South Carolina from 1992-95.

Lawing spent 1989-98 with the Gamecocks, before returning for a second stint from 2006-13.

Taneyhill is South Carolina’s all-time leader in completions (753) and passing touchdowns (62) and No. 2 in passing yards (8,782).

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