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Five-star defensive end and Anderson, S.C., native Zacch Pickens is rated as the No. 1 strongside defensive end for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Update on top prospect in South Carolina; Gamecocks’ next major recruiting weekend

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Crystal ball

Despite being one of the most sought-after prospects in South Carolina, 5-star defensive end and 2019 prospect Zacch Pickens maintains a relatively low profile, according to SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.

“Their measured approach to the recruiting process makes it a little challenging to get a read, though 62 percent of the eight predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball have him as a South Carolina lean,” writes McGranahan. “Clemson is second at 32 percent. The biggest factor in his recruitment is no different from many other prospects.”

The Anderson, S.C., native is rated as the No. 13 overall prospect and No. 1 prospect in the Palmetto State for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s believed to be considering South Carolina, Georgia and Clemson.

Just visiting

Pickens visited Georgia over the weekend, his first college trip since seeing the Gamecocks in April.

“It was really good,” Pickens said of his earlier visit to South Carolina. “I really enjoyed myself.”

The T.L. Hanna High School (Anderson, S.C.) standout doesn’t have any visits planned for the summer, though it was reported earlier he would take an official visit to South Carolina the first weekend in June.

Guest list

In addition to Pickens, several of South Carolina’s top recruiting targets are expected on campus the weekend of June 1, including:

  • 4-star junior college cornerback Elijah Blades (Arizona Western College)
  • 3-star junior college tackle Anthony Whigan (Lackawanna Community College)
  • 4-star defensive end Savion Jackson (Clayton, N.C.)
  • 4-star defensive end Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
  • 3-star athlete Jammie Robinson (Cordele, Ga.)

The Gamecocks have hosted three official visitors this year thus far.

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Top 5

Four-star small forward and 2019 prospect Juwan Gary listed South Carolina basketball among his five favorites on Friday.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound prospect is rated as the No. 54 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Still rolling

South Carolina’s baseball team (31-22, 16-13) won its fifth consecutive series on Saturday, toppling Texas A&M 10-1.

With the regular season complete, South Carolina will play Missouri in the first round of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday, according to John Whittle of The Big Spur.

The Gamecocks won two of three against the Tigers in their three-game set earlier this month.

Quite the debut

Former South Carolina women’s basketball star and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson had a double-double in her professional debut on Sunday.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft had 14 points with 10 rebounds in the Aces’ 101-65 loss to the Connecticut Sun.

The four-time All-SEC selection averaged 17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks through her four-year career at South Carolina (2014-18).

She swept every national award available in collegiate women’s basketball for the 2017-18 season.

Feeling super

After beating Liberty twice on Sunday, South Carolina’s softball team (49-15) is headed to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament.

This is the second Super Regionals appearance in program history, according to Josh Kendall of The State. The Gamecocks will play the winner of the Tempe Regional, either Arizona State or Ole Miss.

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