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Where do we go from here?
I can’t regale you with a tale of how Clemson winning a title is good for South Carolina. That would require a level of sunshine pumping that not even I possess.
But if there’s a silver lining in the Tigers winning it all, it’s as The Big Spur so eloquently puts it in Lessons learned from a rival:
“Naturally, fans of rival South Carolina are in shock. Just three seasons ago (2013), the Gamecocks defeated the Tigers for a fifth straight season, finished 11-2 and were ranked No. 4 in the country at the end of the year, the highest finish in school history,” writes JC Shurburtt. “That being said, there are lessons to be learned that are applicable to the situation at South Carolina when you look at how the Tigers did it.”
Aside from the obvious (elite-level recruiting), Shurburtt takes a deep dive into how Clemson built a championship-level program in the midst of a five-game losing streak to the Gamecocks.
I highly recommend all Carolina fans check out the piece.
Wolford hits the ground running
Speaking of recruiting, new Gamecocks OL coach Eric Wolford already is hard at work on the recruiting trail.
Wolford’s already spoken with JUCO OL commit Dennis Daley since taking over Shawn Elliott’s post.
“He pretty much felt the same about me, just like Elliott and (Will) Muschamp felt about me as a player,” Daley said. “He had nothing but positive things to say.”
Daley fits a big-time need for the Gamecocks in the trenches — where the team struggled in blocking and pass rush in 2016. Which leads us to …
Top 5 prospects on South Carolina’s board
With the Gamecocks’ aforementioned struggles along the offensive and defensive lines last season, it’s no surprise that the top 5 prospects on USC’s recruiting radar are all offensive or defensive linemen.
Hale McGranahan breaks down the Gamecocks’ remaining targets for the 2017 cycle, including DE Robert Beal, OT Tony Gray, DE Brad Johnson, DT Javon Kinlaw and DL Aaron Sterling.
Kinlaw jumps out the most. The one-time Carolina commit has had a winding recruiting process, but the Gamecocks have a good chance to bring him back in the fold.
“Shortly after Kinlaw de-committed from South Carolina, it was widely speculated that Alabama would be the landing spot. However, the Gamecocks have since worked their way back into the lead, ” writes McGranahan. “Kinlaw is scheduled to take an official visit to Southern Cal this weekend. Alabama is up next. South Carolina will bring him in at the end of the month.”
Men’s hoops heads to Knoxville
The Gamecocks (12-3, 2-0) put their undefeated conference record on the line Wednesday night at Rocky Top when they take on Tennessee (8-7, 1-2).
Even though the rebuilding Vols are extremely young with three freshmen and a sophomore in the projected starting lineup, (coach Frank) Martin realizes the Gamecocks face 40 challenging minutes of hard-nosed basketball.
The Volunteers will be without second-leading scorer G Detrick Mostella, who was reportedly dismissed from team late Tuesday night.
Even before the news of Mostella’s dismissal broke, I felt really good about the Gamecocks’ chances to leave Knoxville with a win. The team’s played with a visible fire since G Sindarius Thornwell returned from suspension.
Look for a heat-check game from G Duane Notice, who broke out of his slump against Texas A&M on Saturday with 19 points, including four three-pointers.
— TheBigSpur.com (@TheBigSpur247) January 8, 2017
Gamecocks commit earns honor
Coach Martin’s highest-rated commit of the 2017 cycle, G David Beatty, was named a McDonald’s All-American Game nominee on Tuesday.
“Beatty is one of 11 players from the state of Pennsylvania nominated to play in the 40th edition of the boys’ McDonald’s game,” writes SEC Country’s Mike Wilson.
Related: South Carolina signee David Beatty named McDonald’s All-American nominee
The Philadelphia native could become the Gamecocks’ first player/signee to play in the game since G P.J. Dozier in 2015.
The final rosters will be announced Sunday night at 10:30 on ESPNU.
In case you missed it
— SEC Country SC (@SECCountrySC) January 10, 2017
- Mike Wilson grades the Gamecocks’ offense in 2016.
- Projecting South Carolina’s way-too-early 2017 depth chart.
- South Carolina athletes, coaches react to Clemson winning national title.
- From The State, Gamecocks’ freshman G Rakym Felder is ‘living the dream.’
- Josh Kendall scouts Carolina’s O-line pieces that new coach Eric Wolford will have to work with in 2017.
- Garnet & Black Attack has more on A’ja Wilson’s (fingers crossed) day-to-day ankle injury.
Hump Day #hottakes
Tip of the hat to our friends at that school in the Upstate. Always an honor to have your school's flag fly atop the SC State House. pic.twitter.com/3fWFUUO2zJ
— U of South Carolina (@UofSC) January 10, 2017
I hate to admit it, but I was legitimately researching this earlier…
hello @twitter I'd like to block all Clemson-related tweets from my timeline pls help
— Brett Weisband (@weisband) January 10, 2017
Current mood …
Falcons better win the Super Bowl to make up for Clemson winning the Natty, that's all I'm saying
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) January 10, 2017