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South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp could become a thorn in the side of his former employer, Florida, according to Gridiron Now’s Ryan Green.
“Will Muschamp and South Carolina beat Florida in 2017,” Green wrote. “Will Muschamp and South Carolina are currently outrecruiting Florida for the Class of 2019, and if Will Muschamp and South Carolina were to beat Florida in 2018, it would be another reminder that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
In four seasons with the Gators, Muschamp posted a 28-21 record. In his first two years in Columbia, the Georgia graduate has led the Gamecocks to a 15-11 record, including the program’s seventh-ever 9-win season in 2017.
Four-star athlete and 2019 prospect J.R. Walker plans to take an official visit to South Carolina the first weekend in June, SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut reports.
The Gamecocks are “like close together, really tight” with North Carolina State for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete, according to Walker himself.
He’s rated as the No. 298 overall prospect for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.
‘Right here in Anderson’
Muschamp spoke at an Anderson Gamecock Club meeting on Wednesday night.
“Some of the best football in our state is played right here in Anderson [at] T.L. Hanna and coach Jeff Herron has done a fantastic job. I’ve known him forever. And Scott Earley and the job he does over at Westside,” Muschamp said.
T.L. Hanna is home to 5-star defensive end and 2019 prospect Zacch Pickens.
Pickens, one of the Gamecocks’ top recruiting targets, is ranked as the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina and No. 13 prospect overall for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.
ESPN’s Alex Scarborough picked guard Sadarius Hutcherson as South Carolina’s breakout player from spring practice, Ben Breiner of The State reports.
“With Jake Bentley at quarterback and Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards at receiver, the Gamecocks’ passing game has a chance to be special,” Scarborough wrote. “But it needs protection, and it might have found a key in that respect in former defensive line recruit and current offensive tackle standout Hutcherson, who was one of two offensive players of the spring.”
The former Huntingdon (Tenn.) High School standout was rated as the No. 63 strongside defensive end by the 247Sports composite when he signed with the Gamecocks out of high school in 2016.
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Class of 2020 offensive lineman Seth Williams is hoping for an offer from South Carolina when he attends camp in Columbia later this summer.
“Just keep working, and I think this summer will be big for me,” Williams said of South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford’s message. “I feel like, if I do really good, though, he’ll offer me at the camp.”
The Statesville, N.C., native already lists offers from Charlotte and Virginia.
‘Breaks my soul’
When meeting with reporters on Wednesday, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin was candid about former point guard Rakym Felder.
“It breaks my soul that he’s not going to play for us, but I’m very clear with all my guys, not just the one that made mistakes, on a daily basis, what’s expected of them on a daily basis. … He’s a great kid. He’s got a great heart,” Martin said. “Decision-making, when he’s got free time, is a problem for him and he made some poor decisions that put me in a spot where I couldn’t trust him moving forward.”
Felder signed with New Mexico Junior College on May 7.
In the Michael Jordan vs. LeBron James debate, Martin makes the case for the former.
“Can you imagine if Jordan had played the way the NBA is today, with a bunch of 6-foot-6 guys at center, can you imagine that?” Martin said. “Everyone wants to talk about fouling. Jordan had to go finish at the rim over the best group of bigs that have ever played our game, in his era: Patrick Ewing, Hakeem [Olajuwon], Dikembe [Mutombo] — he had to go finish at the rim over all those guys.”
The South Carolina coach continued on to add Wilt Chamberlain’s name to conversation.
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