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Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall is the No. 1 overall prospect in South Carolina, according to SEC Country.

The latest on 4-star LB Channing Tindall; plus, ranking the state’s top 20 prospects

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A house divided for 4-star LB Channing Tindall

South Carolina and Georgia are just two of the many schools chasing 4-star linebacker Channing Tindall, but their connection with the Columbia, S.C., native goes a bit deeper.

The Spring Valley (S.C.) High School standout grew up in a house divided, with his parents, Edward and Yoshiko Dimes, each rooting for either the Gamecocks or Bulldogs.

Edward is an Augusta, Ga., native who grew up a Georgia fan. Yoshiko is from Beaufort, S.C., and went to South Carolina. The two still cheer for their schools, but insist they aren’t playing favorites with their son’s recruitment.

“Before we’re fans of our school, we’re fans of our son,” Edward said. “We want to make sure it’s a sound decision for him.”

A package deal?

Tindall and 4-star athlete Richard Jibunor have discussed playing together at the next level.

The two met at The Opening in Atlanta earlier this year and have become good friends since then.

Jibunor is rated as the No. 285 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 in the 247Sports composite. The Athens, Ga., native boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, among others.

Top 20 prospects in South Carolina

SEC Country ranked the top 20 prospects in South Carolina for the Class of 2018 on Monday.

The list includes five current South Carolina commits, headlined by the state’s top quarterback, Dakereon Joyner.

The Gamecocks are in the running for several of the state’s top uncommitted prospects, including the No. 1 overall player in the Palmetto State, Tindall.

Notes from the Gamecocks’ open scrimmage

Will Palaszczuk of SportsTalk was on hand for South Carolina’s open scrimmage on Monday night.

The writer had a few interesting observations, including Malik Young starting at left tackle in 11-on-11 drills, tight end Jacob August’s extended playing time and running back A.J. Turner working with the first-team offense.

Stephen Davis Jr. moves on

According to Ben Breiner of The State, Auburn transfer Stephen Davis Jr. is no longer with the Gamecocks.

The Dutch Fork (S.C.) High School standout joined the South Carolina football team as a walk-on in May after redshirting at Auburn in 2016.

Davis was a 3-star athlete coming out of high school in 2016. He is the son of former NFL and Auburn RB Stephen Davis.

Bruce Ellington wows in Texans debut

Former South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington debuted for the Houston Texans in their game against the New England Patriots on Saturday.

The former two-sport star had 4 catches for 93 yards in the Texans’ 27-23 victory, showcasing his speed and elusiveness.

“Give Bruce a lot of credit,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Bruce just showed up here, and he’s picked it up pretty well. I think we do a lot of things that are similar to what he did in San Francisco, but maybe they called it something different.”

Ellington was cut by the San Francisco 49ers on Aug. 3, then again by the New York Jets on Aug. 4 after a failed physical. The fourth-year receiver signed with the Texans on Aug. 11.

The Moncks Corner, S.C., native joins defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Johnathan Joseph as former Gamecocks on the Texans roster.

Early blackout for Williams-Brice Stadium

The Gamecocks announced last week that the first home game, Sept. 16 against Kentucky, would be a blackout, but they didn’t have to wait that long to see Williams-Brice Stadium engulfed in darkness.

The South Carolina football team had a stunning view of the eclipse on Monday, taking in the totality from the highest bleacher at Williams-Brice.

Columbia was one of better places across the country to view the total solar eclipse.

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