More than triplets, Gamecocks boast talented corps of skill position players
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“There are trifectas with a lot more gaudy statistics to their credit, but if you’ve been paying attention to these three, you’ve got high expectations for their future,” Barton Simmons of 247Sports wrote. “[Jake] Bentley and [Rico] Dowdle both stole starting jobs midseason to become foundational pieces to South Carolina as true freshmen last fall. They have the look of guys that can really surge as sophomores. Deebo Samuel caught 59 passes for 783 yards last fall but now that Bentley is the permanent starter, those numbers should continue to swell.”
247Sports rated the Gamecocks’ talented triplets as the No. 9 best “offensive trifecta” in the country.
The best part of the trio? Two of three will be just sophomores in 2017.
The hype train for South Carolina’s offense has been steadily gaining steam this spring.
Beyond the aforementioned players, the offense also features talented RBs A.J. Turner and Ty’Son Williams, WR Bryan Edwards and TEs Hayden Hurst and K.C. Crosby.
Williams, a transfer from North Carolina, turned heads in the spring game. Hurst could leave early for the NFL. And Crosby should improve on his breakout redshirt sophomore season. Just think, these three aren’t even included in those triplets rankings.
The Gamecocks boast a deep, talented group of young offensive skill players — and with Bentley at the helm, they could put up some serious points in 2017.
For the ‘Wynn’
Four-star DE Stephon Wynn Jr. offered a closer look at his recruitment while at the EPT Showcase in Columbia over the weekend.
“I feel like they recruit me pretty hard,” Wynn said of South Carolina. “It’s hard for me to come visit them, since I’m at IMG. … They still recruit me pretty hard. I still talk to them almost every week.”
South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee are all believed to be in the mix for the 4-star defensive end.
Checking in with LaMarius Benson
Three-star offensive line prospect LaMarius Benson has been committed to the Gamecocks since March, and he can’t wait to see the Gamecocks take the field in September.
“The SEC better be ready for them. I know that. They better be ready for South Carolina,” Benson said. “We’re bringing some heat this year.”
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Though listed by the recruiting services as a defensive tackle, the 6-foot-3 Benson likely will play guard for the Gamecocks — making the most of his unique size and strength.
Former South Carolina QB Brandon McIlwain announced his transfer destination over the weekend.
— Brandon McIlwain (@Mc11wain) May 20, 2017
McIlwain is the third former 4-star quarterback to leave the program in the last two years — with Connor Mitch leaving for James Madison before the 2016 season and Lorenzo Nunez announcing his transfer in December.
Softball comes up short
Final: No. 2 seed Arizona 9, #Gamecocks 0. South Carolina wraps the 2017 season with a 34-25 record and it its third regional final in 5 yrs
— Gamecock Softball (@GamecockSoftbll) May 22, 2017
The Lady Gamecocks knew they had a tough road ahead when they saw No. 2-seed Arizona in their NCAA Tournament regional — and unfortunately they had to play the Wildcats twice over the weekend.
South Carolina fell 5-0 to Arizona on Saturday, then moved back into the regional final with a 3-1 win over St. Francis (Pa.) later that day.
On Sunday, the Arizona offense proved to be too much, as the Wildcats eliminated the Lady Gamecocks with a 9-0 victory.
Ending on a high note
Despite dropping eight consecutive SEC series, South Carolina baseball saw its regular season end with a win, topping Georgia 10-0 on Saturday.
“The Gamecocks scored double-digit runs for the first time in a home SEC game this season — and just the second time in SEC play overall — against Georgia, posting a blowout win in the regular-season finale,” writes Mike Wilson.
The victory gives the Gamecocks (32-23, 13-17 SEC) the smallest bit of momentum heading into the SEC Tournament. The Tournament starts early for South Carolina, with a 10:30 a.m. ET first pitch against Vanderbilt on Tuesday.
JBJ saves the day
Former South Carolina standout OF Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on quite the tear in the past week for the Boston Red Sox. He has four 2-hit games in his past seven starts.
JBJ’s latest defensive feat was a spectacular catch on Friday night that robbed Ryon Healy of a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Boston would lose the game in 10 innings, however.
— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2017