Ranking South Carolina’s draft-eligible players; 4-star WR ‘looking forward’ to Gamecocks’ new-look offense

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Catching on

The South Carolina Gamecocks boast two of the top wide receiver prospects eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft, according to Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.

“Deebo Samuel, a redshirt senior, checks in as the No. 4-ranked wide receiver on Miller’s list,” wrote SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “Bryan Edwards, who has started every game as a freshman and sophomore, is No. 9. Neither is listed among the top 25 overall prospects.”

In 2016, his most prolific season, Samuel caught 59 passes for 784 yards and 1 touchdown, with 6 rushing scores.

In two seasons, Edwards is already No. 13 all time in catches at South Carolina with 108, to go with 1,383 yards and 9 touchdowns. The Conway, S.C., native needs 10 more grabs to enter the top 10.

Under new management

Four-star WR and 2020 prospect Porter Rooks is “looking forward to seeing” what the Gamecocks offense looks like in 2018.

“Mainly, just their new offensive scheme and how they’re going to do things with their new offensive coordinator,” Rooks said of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s pitch.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver is rated as the No. 26 overall prospect for 2020, per 247Sports.

‘I like the atmosphere’

Four-star defensive end and 2019 prospect Joseph Anderson feels good about South Carolina, both on and off the field.

“I like the atmosphere,” the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native told SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut. “I like their educational standpoint on things. They want you to get a degree and graduate, and that’s what I want to do — get a degree and graduate. They just want you to succeed.”

Anderson is rated as the No. 210 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. He was a high school teammate of Gamecocks freshman tackle Maxwell Iyama.

Across the stage

Set to graduate on May 12, South Carolina tight end K.C. Crosby is looking forward to balancing a lighter class schedule with football this fall, according to John Del Bianco of The Big Spur.

“It’s going to be great,” the redshirt senior said. “I don’t have too much to worry about, being that I have to take maybe six to nine hours of classes. It’ll just be more fun and a lot better to just focus on football.”

Crosby was lost for the second half of 2017 after suffering a fractured fibula against Arkansas on Oct. 6. In 2016, he caught 23 passes for 217 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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Early arrival

Following his official visit with South Carolina’s men’s basketball team, 4-star center D.J. Burns announced on Sunday that he was reclassifying from the Class of 2019 to the Class of 2018.

“I’m already finished with all of my high school classes that I would need to graduate,” Burns said. “Instead of going to Winthrop or York Tech to do classes and still be in high school doing basically nothing, I’d rather just go ahead and get started and do summer workouts, if I can and just go ahead and get acclimated to where I’m going to be for my college experience.”

Prior to the move, Burns was ranked as the No. 79 overall prospect for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

In addition to South Carolina, he lists offers from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia and more.

Switching sides

Clemson graduate transfer guard Nelly Perry committed to the South Carolina women’s basketball team on Monday, Greg Hadley of The State reports.

“Perry led Clemson in points and assists per game her junior season, but her senior campaign was derailed before it even began because of a shoulder injury,” Hadley wrote. “At the time, the plan was for her to return for a fifth season in 2018-2019, but this offseason, Clemson fired coach Audra Smith.”

Perry averaged 12.7 points, 2.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game during the 2016-17 season.

Trophy case

South Carolina’s women’s basketball team celebrated 10 years of coach Dawn Staley with a tweet on Monday listing her accomplishments. Heads up, it’s a long list.

In addition to her many accolades in Columbia, Staley was named coach of the USA women’s basketball national team in March 2017.

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