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Former U.S. Army All-American and 2018 prospect Josh Belk announced on Friday his transfer from Clemson to South Carolina.

Former Clemson DT picks South Carolina; 4-star CB sets official visit with Gamecocks

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Switching sides

Former Clemson defensive tackle Josh Belk is joining the South Carolina Gamecocks, he announced on Friday.

“I am thankful for the opportunity I had at Clemson University,” Belk tweeted on Friday night. “I am most thankful to the University of South Carolina coaches, staff and players for welcoming me into their program with open arms and allowing me the opportunity to play college football at the highest level of competition while being closer to my family.”

The former 4-star 2018 prospect enrolled at Clemson in January, before Tigers coach Dabo Swinney granted him a full release in May.

Dropping by

After picking South Carolina as his transfer destination, Belk greeted his future Gamecocks teammates in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday.

Prior to signing with the Tigers in December, the Richburg, S.C., native was rated as the No. 102 overall prospect and No. 2 player in South Carolina for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

It’s official

Four-star cornerback and 2019 prospect Chris Steele confirmed on Friday afternoon that he plans to take an official visit to see South Carolina this weekend.

The 247Sports composite ranks the 6-foot-1, 188-pound cornerback as the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 4 cornerback for 2019.

‘It was really good’

Three-star quarterback and 2020 prospect Luke Doty was among those on campus last week for the Will Muschamp Football Camp.

“It was really fun. It was really good. The coaching environment and everybody there was amazing,” Doty said. “[South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan] Werner was great. I spent most of my time with him. We started the camp and did a couple of drills. He kind of followed me around throughout the whole thing, then we ate lunch and went into position stuff.”

The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School quarterback is rated as the No. 6 prospect in the Palmetto State for 2020, according to 247Sports.

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Rubber match

The South Carolina baseball team bounced back from a 9-3 loss to Arkansas earlier in the weekend to top the Razorbacks 8-5 on Sunday afternoon to force a Game 3 on Monday.

With a win Monday night, South Carolina would earn its first College World Series berth since 2012.

Ain’t life grand

With his team leading 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Gamecocks infielder LT Tolbert’s grand slam gave South Carolina some much-needed run insurance.

The home run was Tolbert’s eighth of the year.

Hunter Taylor, the Gamecocks next batter, followed Tolbert’s blast with a solo shot, putting South Carolina up 7-1 going into the sixth.

High praise

Former South Carolina standout and Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was chosen as the No. 32 player in the NFL Network’s annual NFL Top 100 on Sunday.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft posted career highs in total tackles (59) and sacks (9½) in 2017.

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