Thirteen true freshmen are already enrolled at South Carolina, including 4-star Dakereon Joyner, the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018.
Joyner and the rest of the group signed with the Gamecocks during the December signing period.
“Been very pleased with the 13 guys we’ve got on campus, I can tell you that,” coach Will Muschamp told reporters on Wednesday.
Joyner looks “extremely athletic” during the winter conditioning program, but has “all of the it-factor,” according to South Carolina’s third-year coach
“As far as the intangibles are concerned,” Muschamp said, “His effort and his toughness, mental toughness – this is a very difficult process for these guys right now doing these runs and some things they haven’t done before.”
Running back Lavonte Valentine hasn’t participated in the offseason program, because of the ACL surgery he had while still in high school. Deshaun Fenwick, however, has been available for conditioning drills.
“He’s an explosive guy to watch go through the workouts, got to get used to the endurance and that part of it,” Muschamp said.
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Wide receiver Darius Rush weighed about 175 pounds when South Carolina recruited him. He’s now up to 190.
“Our nutrition program has taken over for him,” Muschamp said.
Center Hank Manos “moves extremely well” and possesses “a great work ethic.” Offensive tackle Wyatt Campbell continues to recover from a meniscus injury, which has kept him out of winter workouts, but he’ll be ready for spring practice. Offensive tackle Maxwell Iyama is also on campus and full-go.
“Really excited about those three guys,” Muschamp said.
Freshman defensive lineman Tyreek Johnson is currently listed at 6-foot-2, 260 pounds.
“A guy, watching him move around in the drills, we’re not playing football yet, but you like the athleticism and movement skills of Tyreek,” Muschamp said. “J.J. Enagbare is a guy that really stands out. … really, really pleased to see his movement skills and competitive edge, those sort of things you’ve got to have in a young player.”
Freshman linebacker Ernest Jones (back) is “probably going to miss spring” as he continues to recover from a fracture that he suffered before enrolling at South Carolina.
Freshman linebacker Rosendo Louis “runs extremely well for a big man.” Muschamp listed him at 6-2, 245.
Freshman safety R.J. Roderick (6-0, 215) is “competing well” during winter workouts and freshman Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 195) “will play corner” at South Carolina.
“I’ve been watching [Mukuamu] for three days,” Muschamp said. “He has the feet and change of direction, obviously, we’re not playing football yet, but this guy’s got the skills to play on the edge and play outside.”