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4-star WR Josh Vann commits to South Carolina
Class of 2018 4-star wide receiver Josh Vann committed to the Gamecocks on Saturday. Ranked the No. 36 receiver in the nation by the 247Sports composite, the Tucker (Ga.) High School standout picked South Carolina over SEC East rival Georgia.
“It is just something about South Carolina,” Vann said, earlier this summer. “I feel like I would produce more down at South Carolina. … I just think that South Carolina would be a better fit where I would be great at.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver had 7 catches for 157 yards and 3 touchdowns in Tucker’s season opening 28-27 overtime win against Kell on Saturday.
What Josh Vann’s commitment means
Not only did the Gamecocks add another 4-star prospect to their commit list with Vann’s pledge, they beat the Bulldogs head-to-head. Vann was an in-state priority for Georgia, so the commitment means that much more for South Carolina.
What persuaded Vann to leave the Peach State? The allure of becoming the next Deebo Samuel certainly played a role.
With Samuel potentially declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft, Vann has a great chance to contribute early in his career.
Dakereon Joyner’s big night
The 4-star dual-threat quarterback completed 9 of 17 passes for 82 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, while carrying the ball 15 times for 135 yards and 2 more scores.
Joyner is rated as the No. 219 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
Will Muschamp talks Saturday scrimmage
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with the media on Saturday following the Gamecocks’ second scrimmage.
The Gamecocks coach recapped the ongoing competition for the place-kicking job, the solid play from the running back corps, freshman cornerback Tavyn Jackson and freshman WR OrTre Smith
Taylor Stallworth stops the run
According to Pro Football Focus College, South Carolina defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth’s 26 stops in run defense in 2016 are the second-most among returning defensive tackles in the SEC.
The junior defensive lineman had 41 tackles (19 solo), 3 tackles for loss and 1 sack last season.
Stallworth is projected to start at one of the defensive tackle spots
We’ve got ourselves a blackout
South Carolina football announced on Friday that the Sept. 16 home opener against Kentucky (7:30 p.m. ET kickoff) will be a blackout.
The Gamecocks are looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats.
Prior to this current skid, South Carolina had won 13 of the previous 14 meetings against UK.
Under the lights … yet dark as night pic.twitter.com/jDfZQIo2tL
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) August 18, 2017
The other blackout
In honor of the eclipse on Monday, let’s remember Muschamp’s epic response to a question about the eclipse’s impact on the Gamecocks’ practice schedule, courtesy of Mike Uva from WACH Fox Columbia.
— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) August 20, 2017
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