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South Carolina coach Will Muschamp received his fourth commitment on the defense, 11th overall, for 2019 on Thursday.

South Carolina’s newest commit; Gamecocks make the cut for 4-star ATH

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#SpursUp

Three-star linebacker and 2019 prospect Jahmar Brown committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday night.

“[South Carolina] just felt like home when I was up there,” Brown told SEC Country.

The 247Sports composite tabs the 6-foot, 192-pound prospect as the No. 44 outside linebacker for 2019.

What it means

With Brown’s pledge, the Gamecocks’ class is now ranked No. 14 in 247Sports’ 2019 football recruiting composite team rankings.

“There’s a lot to like about Brown and what he could add to South Carolina’s linebackers room,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “While he might not have the ideal size to sit in the middle and be a dominant player inside the box against the turn, there are plenty of other things he can do. Plus, that’s not exactly how football is played these days.”

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native brings South Carolina’s 2019 haul to 11 commits, including his St. Thomas Aquinas High School teammate, 3-star center Vincent Murphy.

Top 9

Four-star athlete and 2019 prospect Jashon Watkins announced his top 9 schools on Twitter on Thursday night, with the Gamecocks making the cut.

The Nashville native is also considering Arkansas, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Central Florida.

Watkins is rated as the No. 309 overall prospect and No. 12 player in Tennessee for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Finding his place

Growing up in the Palmetto State, Class of 2020 cornerback Christian Miller picked a side in the South Carolina-Clemson rivalry.

“My whole family, basically, graduated from South Carolina, but my sister just graduated from Clemson, so it’s split in between the two,” Miller said. “But I was South Carolina all the way.”

Be it South Carolina or Clemson, the Hilton Head (S.C.) High School standout is looking for “a place that feels like home” and “a coaching staff that has a welcoming environment.” He lists an offer from South Florida but plans to camp at South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and more this summer.

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Familiar face

The South Carolina men’s basketball team will play Oklahoma State in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 26, 2019.

The Cowboys are led by former Gamecocks player and assistant coach Mike Boynton.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two programs. South Carolina leads the series 2-1.

Home from Hoover

The South Carolina baseball team (33-24 overall, 17-13 SEC) was eliminated from the SEC Tournament on Thursday following a 6-4 loss to LSU.

Having won their last five SEC series to close out the regular season, the Gamecocks’ NCAA Tournament prospects still look promising.

Settling it

Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk apologized to South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and will settle a defamation lawsuit filed by Staley for $50,000, according to The Post & Courier’s David Cloninger.

The controversy stemmed from allegations that Staley “promoted” an environment that led to an altercation between South Carolina fans and Missouri players during a game between the Gamecocks and Tigers on Jan. 28 in Columbia.

 

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