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Four-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski (middle) is ESPN's top-rated pocket passer for 2019.

4-star QB and South Carolina commit set to return; Gamecocks welcome pair of highly touted CBs to campus

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Back on campus

Four-star quarterback and South Carolina Gamecocks commit Ryan Hilinski will return to Columbia this weekend as an unofficial visitor.

The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School QB has been one of the Gamecocks’ most vocal recruiters for the 2019 class.

Hilinski is rated as the No. 166 overall prospect and No. 6 pro-style quarterback for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s been committed to South Carolina since April 4.

See you there

One of Hilinski’s and the Gamecocks’ top remaining targets for 2019, 4-star cornerback Chris Steele, also plans to take an official visit to South Carolina this weekend.

“I play him every year. I play him in 7 on 7. I play him in tackle football. I play him everywhere I go, so I know him pretty well,” Hilinski said of Steele, a fellow Southern California native.

The 247Sports composite tabs Steele as the No. 39 overall prospect and No. 4 cornerback for 2019.

Growing guest list

Four-star CB and 2019 prospect Jaydon Hill will arrive on campus Thursday for an unofficial visit that’s expected to last through the weekend, Hale McGranahan of SEC Country reported.

“Actually, South Carolina gets a tad bit more edge because they are recruiting me a little bit harder,” Hill told SEC Country in April. “I hear from their coaches a little bit more. I talk to coach [Travaris Robinson] about every day and I talk to coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and [Terry] Fair often, but it’s not as often.”

The Madison, Ala., native is rated as the No. 296 overall prospect and No. 26 cornerback for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

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Dynamic duo

The Gamecocks will welcome 2020 prospects and Woodbridge (Va.) High School teammates Antoine Sampah and Reuben Adams to Will Muschamp Football Camp on Tuesday.

“Sampah, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound linebacker, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the Class of 2020. Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are among his early options,” McGranahan wrote. “Adams [6-3, 280] is an offensive lineman with offers from Maryland and Rutgers.”

Family reunion

Four-star offensive lineman and 2019 prospect Warren McClendon told Andrew Spivey of Gator Country that he plans to return to South Carolina on Friday.

McClendon is the younger cousin of Gamecocks offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon.

In addition to South Carolina, the No. 248 overall prospect for 2019 (247Sports composite) lists offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida and more.

Small size, big detail

Check out this Lego model of Williams-Brice Stadium, spiral walkway and all, David Robinson posted on Twitter on Monday.

It’s not the real thing, but close enough to hold us over until South Carolina kicks off the 2018 season against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 1.

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