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South Carolina incoming freshman wide receiver and former 4-star prospect Josh Vann was rated as the No. 19 prospect in Georgia for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Incoming freshman WR talks comfort at South Carolina; Gamecocks ‘sliding up’ list for 4-star CB

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More than football

For incoming freshman wide receiver and Tucker, Ga., native Josh Vann, the decision to commit to the South Carolina Gamecocks over the Georgia Bulldogs came down to “a more comfortable feeling” he observed on his visit to Columbia.

“Every time we went to Georgia, it was more of a serious note, like, ‘This is what we’re going to have to do. Getting drafted.’ Ain’t nothing wrong with that, but get to know me first,” Vann told The State’s Josh Kendall. “I liked [South Carolina]. My parents loved it. That’s how that went.”

The former 4-star prospect was rated as the No. 146 overall player and No. 25 wide receiver for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Up to top

Four-star cornerback Jaydon Hill told SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut that the Gamecocks “are kind of sliding up on top” in his recruitment.

The 2019 prospect was in Columbia last weekend for an unofficial visit.

The 247Sports composite tabs Hill as the No. 281 overall prospect for 2019.

Legacy looking around

Class of 2021 prospect Gabe Stephens was on campus earlier this month checking out his father’s alma mater, South Carolina, during Will Muschamp Football Camp. Stephens is the son of former South Carolina offensive lineman Calvin Stephens.

“It went very well. I liked how they did things down there. It was very interesting. I liked it a lot,” the younger Stephens said of his visit.

The Mountain Island Charter (Mount Holly, N.C.) athlete already lists offers from South Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina, Penn State and Syracuse.

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Moving on

South Carolina senior outfielder Danny Blair is transferring from South Carolina, he announced on Wednesday.

“Blair was named the most outstanding player in the Greenville Regional, largely because of his 3-run home run to give the Gamecocks the lead in the opening game against Ohio State,” John Whittle of The Big Spur writes. “That home run propelled South Carolina to a victory and a three-game sweep in the regional. Blair then started four of the team’s final five games of the season.”

The Bel Air, Md., native plans to transfer to the University of Tampa.

‘Get ready for what comes next’

ESPN’s Alex Scarborough is excited about the Gamecocks offense and preseason All-America WR Deebo Samuel this season.

Athlon Sports recognized Samuel as a second-team preseason All-American, as both a receiver and kick returner, on Tuesday.

Top 10 teammates

Former South Carolina baseball players Whit Merrifield and Jackie Bradley Jr. both made cameos on ESPN’s flagship program this week.

“Bradley Jr., the Boston Red Sox center fielder, and Merrifield, the Kansas City Royals second baseman, both earned SportsCenter Top 10 honors this week for defensive plays they each made on Tuesday night,” Josh Hyber of Spurs & Feathers wrote.

Bradley Jr. and Merrifield were key contributors on South Carolina’s national championship team in 2010.

Rock the vote

Former South Carolina women’s basketball standout A’ja Wilson is a nominee for the ESPYs Best College Athlete award.

A four-time All-SEC selection, Wilson was the consensus Player of the Year in women’s college basketball following the 2017-18 season. She was picked No. 1 overall in the 2018 WNBA Draft by the Las Vegas Aces in April.

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