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Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall shot up the latest 247Sports composite rankings.

Top Palmetto State LB climbs, plus multiple Gamecocks make preseason watch lists

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Linebacker rising

Four-star linebacker and major South Carolina target Channing Tindall received some serious love in the latest 247Sports composite rankings.

MORE: South Carolina LB target Channing Tindall approaches 5-star status 

The Columbia, S.C., standout is rated as the No. 22 overall prospect in the Class of 2018.

Watch this

South Carolina announced on Monday that QB Jake Bentley, WR Deebo Samuel and LB Skai Moore all made preseason watch lists.

Bentley and Samuel were named to the Maxwell Award watch list, while Moore was recognized on the Chuck Bednarik Award list.

From Columbia to Fayetteville

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema made a note of where former South Carolina RB David Williams ended up on National Signing Day after he spurned Bielema’s Wisconsin Badgers in 2013.

Bielema recommenced interest in Williams once the running back decided to move on from South Carolina.

MORE: How Arkansas landed former South Carolina RB David Williams 

“We had a prior relationship and [are excited] to bring him into a position of need,” Bielema said. “His grad degree is going to be something that he’s interested in, which was a little unique to us as well that allows him to get into some real estate and different things. It’s really a marriage made in heaven and a great addition to campus.”

All the way to National Signing Day

For a while, it looked as if 4-star WR Josh Vann would announce his commitment before his senior season started.

MORE: 4-star WR Josh Vann mulls decision date 

On Sunday, Vann told SEC Country the earlier plan may no longer be the case.

“I could go all the way to Signing Day,” the Tucker, Ga., native said.

Vann lists South Carolina as his leader, with Georgia trailing.

Decision coming soon

Three-star offensive tackle Raiqwon O’Neal will announce his commitment in August, he tweeted on Sunday.

O’Neal has offers from several big-time programs, including South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina State and West Virginia, among others.

Top 10

Four-star LB Zakoby McClain unveiled his top 10 schools on Sunday — with South Carolina making the cut.

Bright future?

Some of the latest 247Sports’ Crystal Ball picks have projected good things to come for the Gamecocks, including commitments from several talented 4-star prospects such as Tindall, Vann and DT Rick Sandidge.

Legendary

South Carolina’s only Heisman Trophy winner, RB George Rogers, will be the subject of the next SEC Storied production, according to SEC commissioner Greg Sankey.

“Big George” had plenty of reasons to smile on Monday. (Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
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