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South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and his staff secured commitment No. 16 in the 2019 recruiting cycle on Thursday.

South Carolina locks up another WR; best of the Gamecocks on SEC Country

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#SpursUp

Four-star wide receiver and 2019 prospect Keveon Mullins committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday.

The Memphis, Tenn., native picked South Carolina over offers from Georgia, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss and more. He’s rated as the No. 307 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

What it means

Mullins is commitment No. 16 in the Gamecocks’ 2019 haul.

He’s the second 4-star wide receiver to commit to the Gamecocks in this cycle, joining Northwestern High School (Rock Hill, S.C.) standout Jamario Holley.

With Mullins’ pledge, South Carolina climbs to No. 12 in 247Sports’ 2019 composite team rankings.

Gone viral

With SEC Country closing down on Saturday, we’re looking back at some of our favorite South Carolina stories from Hale McGranahan.

Outside of his terrific writing and reporting, McGranahan gave us a 20-second clip last October that encapsulated what makes South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley such a special player.

In the viral clip, Bentley personified sportsmanship in consoling Tennessee freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano after South Carolina’s 15-9 win.

The gesture helped the Gamecocks’ junior quarterback earn the men’s SEC Sportsmanship Award earlier this month.

Across the middle

Bentley’s accuracy between the numbers got a shout-out from Pro Football Focus College on Twitter.

The 6-foot-4, 224-pound quarterback completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,794 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 12 interceptions, last season.

Another one

It wouldn’t be the dog days of summer without a spectacular catch from former South Carolina star and Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., this one coming against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

The Richmond, Va., native hit .331, with 133 RBI and 30 home runs during his three-year South Carolina career (2009-11).

A first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2011 MLB Draft, Bradley Jr. is in his sixth season in the majors.

Thank you

In my last Chicken & Waffles, I want to thank my friends at SEC Country for letting me write about my beloved Gamecocks five nights a week for the last 20 months. I’ll forever be grateful for the opportunity.

A special thanks to one of my best friends, Pete Scantlebury, who got me the gig in the first place — all this on top of 15-plus years of incredible friendship, terrible/brilliant puns and sage advice. Also to Hale McGranahan, who’s done (and will continue to do) an amazing job covering the Gamecocks and letting me ride his coattails. He’ll continue to cover South Carolina for 247Sports’ The Big Spur starting Monday!

Thank you to all the readers or anyone who’s left a “Go [Rival Team]!” troll comment below a Chicken & Waffles Facebook link — joke’s on you, all I see is user engagement.

I leave you with my all-time favorite Gamecocks highlight — former South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger’s iconic penalty-penalty-pick 6-penalty series against Arkansas in 2012.

Go Gamecocks.

—Daniel

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