What to expect from freshman WR OrTre Smith in 2017
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While at the Spurs Up event in Mount Pleasant on Thursday, coach Will Muschamp shed some light on the Charleston area’s new favorite son, freshman WR OrTre Smith …
Will Muschamp is in OrTre Smith country tonight. pic.twitter.com/lKPNQ99Rwc
— SEC Country SC (@SECCountrySC) May 18, 2017
The gist of it: expect to see Smith on the field in 2017.
Quite the revelation from the Gamecocks coach — though not wholly unexpected as Smith was rated as the No. 130 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Recovering from offseason surgery to his right ankle, the Mount Pleasant native was limited in spring practice. Smith still made the most of his time on the practice field, particularly in the spring game — snagging a 42-yard bomb from former Wando teammate Bailey Hart.
Standing at 6-foot-4, with uncharacteristic speed, Smith has the unique physical tools to become a serious red zone threat for the Gamecocks in 2017.
“Any time you get in front of people in our stadium and understand it’s a little bit of a different environment — it’s going to be a lot different on Sept. 2nd [in Charlotte, N.C., vs. North Carolina State], too,” Muschamp said of Smith following the spring game. “But I’m really proud of him.”
Combine QB Jake Bentley’s outstanding deep ball (best in the SEC, by the way) with his talented corps of returning pass catchers, plus an incoming frosh talent like Smith, and you have the recipe for an exciting offense.
Will Muschamp mum
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp passed on a chance to sound off on talk of SEC realignment.
“Whatever’s best for our league is the way I would look at it, whether we’re expanding, changing the divisions,” Muschamp said at the latest Spurs Up event. “Whatever they want to do, I’m for, as far as that’s concerned. I have no issue or problem, either way commissioner [Greg] Sankey wanted to do it.”
Well, that’s not a very fun or controversial take.
Another top 10
South Carolina is the lone SEC school in 4-star DT Alim McNeill’s top 10 schools.
I want to thank EVERY college for the opportunities I was given , but these are my top 10 schools … ALPHABETICAL ORDER‼️ pic.twitter.com/S5NYgaokSP
— 🔥Alim McNeill ⁶𓅓🔥 (@AlimMcneill) May 19, 2017
The No. 207 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 was one of the big visitors in town for the Gamecocks’ spring game back in April.
Two words: Steele Chambers
Is there a better name for a running back?
RELATED: All-name offer
In short — no there isn’t.
“Three-star (247Sports) running back Steele Chambers is a first-team all-name candidate for the 2019 recruiting cycle,” reported SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “On Wednesday, the 6-2, 215-pound running back landed an offer from South Carolina.”
— Murf D. Baldwin (@MurfBaldwin) May 17, 2017
“… In need of some of their best baseball of the season — coach Chad Holbrook and players said as much Wednesday — the Gamecocks were stifled at the plate by Georgia’s Andrew Gist [on Thursday] and could not overcome a four-run second inning from the Bulldogs,” wrote SEC Country’s Mike Wilson. “The Gamecocks [31-22 overall, 12-16 SEC] fell 6-3 in the series opener, a win they sorely needed but could not gain.”
The Gamecocks will likely need a series win if they have any hopes of playing in the NCAA Tournament.
Baseball America listed South Carolina among the “first four out” in its latest field-of-64 projection on Wednesday.
‘You’re still the one’
Though his season was cut short by Tommy John surgery, South Carolina RHP Clarke Schmidt is still slated to be a first-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft, according to Baseball America.
“San Francisco also could be in on Schmidt, who rivaled Erick Fedde in terms of stuff and profiles similarly as an injured college ace who could go in the first round despite Tommy John surgery,” wrote Baseball America writer John Manuel, who also added that the Detroit Tigers, at No. 18, could be the high point for Schmidt.
Shout-out to Gamecock Nation
Despite leaving Columbia behind for the bright lights of the WNBA, former Lady Gamecocks G Kaela Davis still has major love for South Carolina fans …
— Adam Grosbard (@AdamGrosbard) May 18, 2017