Happy Friday, South Carolina fans.
The Gamecocks football program received terrific news on Thursday when one of its top juniors decided not to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, as well as on the recruiting trail.
Here are two things to know:
- Linebacker Skai Moore decided to return for his senior season. Moore announced the news via Instagram on Thursday morning after meetings with coach Will Muschamp and his family. The linebacker led the Gamecocks in tackles each of his three seasons with the team, and also led the team in interceptions twice.
- South Carolina cracked the top five of highly coveted New Orleans defensive tackle Stephon Taylor. Along with the Gamecocks, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State made the final five. Taylor is a four-star prospect and one of the top uncommitted players in Louisiana.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The State’s Josh Kendall wrote that South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper aims to be drafted in the first two rounds of the draft. Cooper admitted he opened the 2015 season as “80-20” to declare for the draft and that the Gamecocks’ 3-9 season did not motivate him to leave for the NFL.
- The Big Spur’s John Whittle tried to figure out who will be South Carolina’s “buck” in 2016. Under Muschamp, players such as Carl Lawson and Dante Fowler have played the role. Defensive ends Marquavius Lewis and Boosie Whitlow, as well as linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, are all candidates.