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Four-star prospect and South Carolina target Keveon Mullins (left) is the No. 11 prospect in Tennessee for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

South Carolina target to decide this week; 2019 recruiting board looking good

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Four-star wide receiver/safety and 2019 prospect Keveon Mullins is planning to announce his commitment later this week. The South Carolina Gamecocks and Memphis Tigers are believed to be his finalists.

The 247Sports composite ranks the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete as the No. 258 overall prospect and No. 17 athlete for 2019.

Mullins visited South Carolina for the Will Muschamp Football Camp on June 12.

Keep climbing

The Gamecocks’ top-15 2019 recruiting haul could impress even more with pledges from major targets such as Mullins, 5-star athlete Quavaris Crouch, 5-star defensive tackle Travon Walker and others.

“South Carolina is also in the mix for defensive tackle Travon Walker, who took an official visit earlier in June. Walker (Thomaston, Ga.) is cousins with current Gamecocks D.J. and Dylan Wonnum, but there are some heavy hitters in the rest of his lead group, namely Alabama, Clemson and Georgia,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan writes.

Getting defensive

The Gamecocks are pursuing several top defensive back prospects for 2019, including 4-star cornerbacks Chris Steele and Jaydon Hill, 4-star junior college cornerback D.J. Daniel, 3-star cornerbacks Cameron Smith and John Dixon and 3-star athlete Jammie Robinson.

“Steele is set to reveal his commitment in July, and Southern Cal is the perceived favorite,” McGranahan writes. “Daniel, Smith and Robinson are believed to be deciding between South Carolina and Georgia. Hill is also considering Tennessee and Mississippi State. Penn State is the primary competitor for Dixon.”

South Carolina does not currently have any defensive backs committed for 2019.

In the trenches

The Gamecocks may not have any pledges in the defensive backfield for 2019, but they have plenty of incoming talent and depth along the defensive line.

“Five defensive linemen are also on board: [Zacch] Pickens, 4-star end Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 3-star junior college end Devontae Davis (Georgia Military College), 3-star end Rodricus Fitten (Atlanta) and 3-star junior college tackle Jahkeem Green (Highland Community College),” McGranahan writes.

Pickens is South Carolina’s highest-rated commit, ranked as the No. 19 overall prospect and No. 1 strongside defensive end for 2019.

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Strong words

Former Gamecocks standout and Washington Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger likes what sees from Muschamp and his staff.

“I know Coach Muschamp is doing a great job getting those guys NFL ready and that’s what we’re trying to get back to, DBU,” the Greenwood, S.C., native told The Big Spur’s John Del Bianco.

During his time in Columbia (2009-12), Swearinger posted 244 tackles and 6 interceptions, including 3 returns for touchdowns (2 interception, 1 fumble). The second-team All-SEC safety (2012) was picked No. 57 overall by the Houston Texans in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Countdown

South Carolina football is less than 10 weeks away.

To celebrate the 70-day mark, Twitter user @GamecockSplash flashed back to Ace Sanders’ electric punt return touchdown against Georgia in 2012.

The Gamecocks open the 2018 campaign on Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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