The future of the quarterback position at South Carolina
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Quarterback is arguably the most important position on the field — and for the Gamecocks, with QBs Brandon McIlwain and Lorenzo Nunez headed elsewhere, the position has taken even greater significance.
One of those players being counted on to potentially fill the void on the Gamecocks’ depth chart is 4-star QB Dakereon Joyner.
The North Charleston native is reportedly deciding between North Carolina State and South Carolina. Having already informed coaches of his decision, Joyner will go public with his pick on Father’s Day, June 18.
“It’s less stressful,” Joyner said. “I’m not too stressed out than I probably would have been if I would have waited to silent commit. I’m excited to get it over with.”
With the transfers this past offseason, the Gamecocks will likely try to sign two quarterbacks from the Class of 2018. One of the other signal callers on South Carolina’s radar is 3-star prospect Trad Beatty, from right in Columbia.
Beatty has picked up a handful of offers from the likes of Appalachian State, Ball State, Temple and Western Kentucky — but, as of right now, Mississippi State is his only Power 5 offer.
“South Carolina offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper has been to Beatty’s school twice during the spring evaluation period,” wrote SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “Georgia offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney also stopped by.”
With Jake Bentley, the quarterback position at South Carolina is in good, even great, hands for the foreseeable future. But if coach Will Muschamp’s experience at Florida taught him one thing, it’s that you can never have too much talent and depth under center.
South Carolina gave a brief update on the new football operations facility on Monday …
🚨 Construction update! 🚨
Check out the latest on our state-of-the-art Football Operations Facility! pic.twitter.com/CYcO3PYHAy
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) May 22, 2017
The state-of-the-art facility is the next step for the Gamecocks in keeping up with the who’s who of college football — helping the program compete on and off the field.
Alan Knott on top
South Carolina center Alan Knott was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List on Monday.
“A 6-foot-4, 274-pound senior, Knott started for the past three seasons, making 29 in all,” wrote SEC Country’s Mike Wilson. “He is expected to anchor the middle of an offensive line that is looking to take steps forward with a potentially solid overall offense in 2017.”
In the mix
South Carolina is reportedly one of the favorites to land UNC Wilmington transfer CJ Bryce.
UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce told ESPN he will likely choose between NC State and South Carolina, might still visit Gonzaga.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 21, 2017
Of note in the race for Bryce’s services: His former head coach at UNCW, Kevin Keatts, is now the head coach at N.C. State.
South Carolina OF Carlos Cortes was named to the Freshman All-SEC Team on Monday.
— Gamecock Baseball (@GamecockBasebll) May 22, 2017
Cortes was a bright spot for the Gamecocks in a regular season that fell short of expectations — tying for the team lead in home runs (9) while batting .289.
On the eve of the SEC Tournament, South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook was candid in addressing his coaching abilities and the Gamecocks’ NCAA Tournament hopes …
“I haven’t lost one ounce of confidence in myself. I feel in my heart I’m a good baseball coach and a good person. I know the game. I know I can be a successful coach and get the Gamecocks back to Omaha.”
In the face of several offseason questions, Holbrook is maintaining focus in the short-term — beating Vanderbilt in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday.
Because we need some of that national championship mojo this week …