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Four-star defensive end and South Carolina target Joseph Anderson is the No. 208 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

South Carolina announces 3 kickoff times; major recruiting weekend ahead

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Taking the field

The South Carolina Gamecocks announced the kickoff times for their first three football games this season.

The Gamecocks open the 2018 campaign at Williams-Brice Stadium against Coastal Carolina at noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, televised on SEC Network. South Carolina hosts Georgia in Week 2 for the SEC on CBS’ featured game at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 8.

The Gamecocks play under the lights for the first time against Marshall in Week 3, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 15 on ESPNU.

South Carolina is looking for its first 3-0 start since 2012.

Busy weekend

The Gamecocks host a number of 2019 recruits for official visits this weekend, including:

  • 4-star defensive end Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • 4-star defensive end Savion Jackson (Clayton, N.C.)
  • 3-star athlete Jammie Robinson (Cordele, Ga.)
  • 3-star linebacker Derek Boykins (Concord, N.C.)
  • 3-star tackle Anthony Whigan (Lackawanna C.C.)

Two commits, 5-star DE Zacch Pickens and 3-star LB Jahmar Brown, may also be on campus.

The Gamecocks’ 2019 haul, with 12 commits, is currently ranked No. 11 in 247Sports’ 2019 composite team rankings.

‘I like it up there’

Four-star tackle and 2019 prospect Warren McClendon detailed his top schools with Jeff Sentell of DawgNation earlier this week.

“That’s because my cousin [offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon] is there and [offensive line] Coach [Eric] Wolford,” McClendon said when explaining why South Carolina is among his favorites. “We’ve built a relationship since they offered me, and I like it up there, too.”

The Brunswick (Ga.) High School standout is rated as the No. 248 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

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High hopes

Class of 2020 quarterback and Palmetto State native Ryan Campbell hopes to impress South Carolina’s coaches at the third annual Muschamp Camp in June.

“I just want them to see that I can play ball,” the Laurens, S.C., native said. “I’m more like a dual threat. I just want them to see that I bring a lot with my game.”

Campbell already has camped at South Carolina, Georgia State and Georgia Tech.

On the mend

The South Carolina baseball team is hoping its top hitter, TJ Hopkins, can play against Ohio State on Friday afternoon in Game 1 of the Greenville, N.C., Regional. The junior is dealing with a lingering back injury.

“Going into the NCAA Regionals that begin Friday, USC (33-24) is deeply hoping that Hopkins will be restored to his spot at the top of the lineup,” writes David Cloninger of The Post and Courier. “What’s encouraging is he’s played some late-inning defense recently and he took batting practice on Thursday.”

Hopkins leads the team in batting average (.345) this season.

We’re here

The Gamecocks arrived in Greenville on Thursday.

This weekend marks South Carolina’s return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out in 2017.

Bobble, bobble

Former South Carolina baseball star and Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield is getting his own bobblehead on Saturday.

Merrifield drove in the game-winning run in the Gamecocks’ 2-1 win over UCLA to clinch the national championship in 2010.

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