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A look at wide receiver
Gabe Stephens, the son of former South Carolina offensive lineman Calvin Stephens, returned to Columbia earlier this month for a session at Muschamp Camp.
“It went very well. I liked how they did things down there. It was very interesting. I liked it a lot,” Gabe Stephens said.
The younger Stephens is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound 2021 athlete from Mountain Island Charter (Mount Holly, N.C.) with offers from Charlotte, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina and Syracuse.
He played defensive back as a freshman, but worked out this month for the Gamecocks at wide receiver.
“[Running backs] Coach [Bobby] Bentley, he was asking me if I wanted to play DB or receiver, because he knows I’m capable of it,” Stephens said. “On my film, he’d just seen me at defensive back, so I just wanted to show them what I could do at receiver and that’s why I did it.”
It was a productive afternoon with offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, who also serves as wide receivers coach.
“I picked up some things about with my routes, how to run my routes. I picked some stuff up from [McClendon],” Stephens said.
What was the message from South Carolina’s two assistant coaches?
“They told me to keep working hard, keep doing what you’re doing, stuff like that. They said they’ll be keeping up with me,” Stephens said.
Trending with Bama cornerback
Four-star cornerback Jaydon Hill returned to South Carolina last weekend for a multi-day unofficial visit. The 6-0, 172-pound 2019 prospect from Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.) told SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut that he thinks highly of the Gamecocks.
“South Carolina is definitely one of the higher choices, if not No. 1. Right now, it probably would be South Carolina as my No. 1,” Hill said. “They are kind of sliding up on top really.”
Hill, who was offered by Florida during his trip to South Carolina, plans to visit the Gators later this month. Trips to Michigan and Texas A&M also could be made before he reaches a decision in August.
Mississippi State and Tennessee also are among the schools receiving consideration.
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