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South Carolina junior quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 2,794 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.

South Carolina welcomes recruiting targets for 7-on-7 tournament

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Big men on campus

Class of 2020 prospects and Hammond High School (Columbia, S.C.) standouts Jordan Burch and Alex Huntley were on campus Thursday for South Carolina’s 7-on-7 tournament and lineman camp.

“Burch played tight end and Huntley, who’s between visits to Georgia and Ohio State, attended as a spectator,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan writes.

Both Burch, a defensive end, and Huntley, a defensive tackle, are 4-star prospects, according to 247Sports.

What an honor

South Carolina junior quarterback Jake Bentley was announced Thursday as the winner of the men’s SEC Sportsmanship Award.

“Jake is a great ambassador for the team and the Athletics Department, consistently representing South Carolina at events and in the media with poise, personality and grace in victory and defeat,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a release.

Bentley earned the award in part because of the compassion he showed Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano after the Gamecocks’ 15-9 victory against the Volunteers last season.

Taking it in

Four-star QB and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski arrived in Columbia on Thursday for another unofficial visit.

According to The State’s Ben Breiner, Hilinski plans to watch the 7-on-7 tournament on Friday alongside his future position coach, South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.

The Orange, Calif., native has been committed to the Gamecocks since April 4. He’s the No. 73 overall prospect and No. 2 pro-style quarterback for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Stopping by

Four-star linebacker and 2019 prospect Kalen Deloach also participated in the tournament on Thursday.

Deloach announced in April that South Carolina was one of his top 9 schools.

He’s rated as the No. 310 overall prospect and No. 22 outside linebacker for 2019.

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Watch out

Gamecocks sophomore defensive end Aaron Sterling was picked as a sophomore to watch on SEC defenses by Pro Football Focus on Thursday.

“Sterling, a one-time Alabama commitment, is expected to take a larger role in the South Carolina defense as a sophomore,” Jamie Oakes wrote.

The 6-foot-1, 240-pound defensive lineman posted 23 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks in 2017.

Palmetto State priority

Three-star QB and 2020 prospect Luke Doty led Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School to a win over Mauldin (S.C.) High School in the tournament.

Several Gamecocks coaches and players, including Werner, running backs coach Bobby Bentley and wide receivers Deebo Samuel and OrTre Smith, watched Doty operate.

The dual-threat quarterback already lists offers from South Carolina, Auburn, Baylor, N.C. State and more. 247Sports rates him as the No. 350 overall prospect for 2020.

Locked down

Former South Carolina defensive back and current Atlanta Falcons safety Chris Lammons wrapped up his first NFL minicamp on Thursday.

Lammons finished his career at South Carolina (2014-17) with 177 total tackles and 4 interceptions. He was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, but signed with the Falcons in April.

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