Happy Monday, South Carolina fans.
The Gamecocks had an eventful weekend on the recruiting trail, which should make for an even more intriguing final few weeks leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
Here are seven things to know:
- Incoming freshman Brandon McIlwain said he is going to focus on football this spring. The nation’s No. 3 dual-threat quarterback plays both football and baseball.
- Top SEC defensive tackle target D’Andre Christmas-Giles is set to officially visit South Carolina on Jan. 22. Christmas-Giles placed the Gamecocks in his top five and his top 10 in recent weeks, as Will Muschamp has made a strong impression on the three-star prospect.
- South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin said his team’s 15-0 start has him “on a ride right now that’s unreal.” The Gamecocks are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the nation.
- South Carolina picked up a commitment from in-state wide receiver Chavis Dawkins. A three-star prospect, Dawkins is the third wide receiver in the Gamecocks’ 2016 recruiting class.
- Former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney was inactive for the NFL playoff game and reportedly left the stadium. Clowney felt he was ready to play despite a foot injury.
- Clowney explained that he was upset — not angry — after sitting out of the Houston Texans’ playoff game. Clowney refuted the reports that he stormed out of the stadium, adding that he watched the game there.
- Elite SEC defensive tackle target Stephon Taylor included South Carolina among his official visits. Taylor, a four-star prospect, is scheduled to visit Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 29.
Other South Carolina news from around the Internet
- The Greenville News’ Scott Keepfer asked if Gamecocks fans will support Clemson in the national championship game? Fans of South Carolina are in the unusual position of either rooting for an SEC team or their in-state rival.
- The State’s Josh Kendall wrote that Kurt Roper is already getting to work with the South Carolina offense. Roper, who spent a year with Muschamp at Florida in 2014 and last season with the Cleveland Browns, said the Gamecocks’ offense will resemble his previous offenses from Florida and Duke in certain ways.