South Carolina QB commit earns top state honor; plus, more on Gamecocks’ latest #SpursUp commit
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Mr. Football comes to Columbia
Four-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Dakereon Joyner was named South Carolina’s Mr. Football on Saturday.
The Fort Dorchester High School (North Charleston, S.C.) completed 140 of 207 passes for 2,414 yards with 35 touchdowns in 2017. He also totaled 1,031 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns.
Joyner will enroll at South Carolina next month. He’ll be the Gamecocks’ first Mr. Football signee since wide receiver Shaq Roland in 2011.
‘It just felt right’
Three-star safety Israel Mukuamu committed to South Carolina on Saturday.
The 6-foot-4 prospect de-committed from Florida State earlier this month, following Jimbo Fisher’s departure and had South Carolina top of mind, thanks to the efforts of coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.
“That’s just my comfort zone. At first, it was Florida State, but God showed me that’s not where he wants me to be,” Mukuamu told SEC Country. “After that, my heart led me to South Carolina. Everything about South Carolina, it just felt right.”
The Moncks Corner, S.C., native is rated as the No. 39 safety in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
A particular set of skills
Former South Carolina State defensive back ChaChi Sullivan worked with Mukuamu when he was at Berkeley High School and had nothing but positive things to say about the Gamecocks’ newest commit.
“Being a 6-foot-4 cornerback is a rarity in and of itself,” Sullivan said. “But his length, I would imagine that his wingspan is closer to 7 feet. He’s got a crazy wingspan, so it’s not just his height. It’s wingspan that’s crazy. I don’t think we’ve seen a player quite like him, because of his range.”
Sullivan said Mukuamu reminds him of former Clemson safety and current Minnesota Vikings reserve Jayron Kearse, with “a similar makeup but a totally different skill set.”
Mukuamu plans to enroll at South Carolina in January.
Incoming grad transfer
Kent State graduate transfer kicker Shane Hynes announced on Friday that South Carolina will be his new home.
Hynes made 9 of 15 field goal attempts and 14 of 16 extra points for the Flashes in 2017.
Between Parker White and Alexander Wozniak, South Carolina kickers are 13 of 25 this season.
‘An eye-opening experience’
Three-star JUCO defensive tackle Jabari Ellis was one of several South Carolina commits on campus for an official visit over the weekend .
“It was great,” Ellis said. “It was really like an eye-opening experience. I mean, I already knew a lot about the program but got to find out a little bit more.”
Ellis was hosted by his former Georgia Military College classmate and current South Carolina offensive tackle Dennis Daley.
The Santee, S.C., native is rated as the No. 38 ranked junior college player for 2018, according to 247Sports. He plans to sign his letter of intent later this month.
According to Twitter, 4-star CB Jaycee Horn enjoyed his visit to Columbia over the weekend.
— JUNGLE BOY 🦍 (@jayceehorn_10) December 10, 2017
A onetime Tennessee commit, Horn also boasts offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others. He’s rated as the No. 204 prospect for 2018 by 247Sports.
New offer, familiar name
South Carolina offered a Class of 2019 tight end with a name all SEC fans should recognize: Tyler Fromm.
Fromm, the younger brother of Georgia QB Jake Fromm, caught 37 passes for 439 yards with 4 touchdowns for Warner Robins (Ga.) High School this season.
“It’s huge for me,” Fromm said of South Carolina’s offer. “I was speechless, to be honest, whenever I heard that I was supposed to call [Muschamp]. It’s just crazy to think about that I can play at the University of South Carolina.”
The 6-4 tight end was last on campus for the Clemson game in November. He also boasts an offer from Troy.
The South Carolina football team released a fantastic video tribute to its seniors on Saturday.
Your efforts lit the torch that guided us and established a culture that will see us thrive.
Forever To Thee. pic.twitter.com/l5NjF8hnd1
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) December 10, 2017
The Gamecocks lose a number of leaders and stars to graduation this season, including Hayden Hurst, Alan Knott, JaMarcus King, Chris Lammons, Skai Moore, Dante Sawyer and more.
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