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South Carolina QB Jake Bentley turned the heads of a couple members of the Manning family.

Jake Bentley impresses the Mannings, plus big news from two top JUCO targets

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‘He’s going to be a good one’

As the counselors at the Manning Passing Academy last weekend, Archie and Eli Manning were quite impressed by South Carolina QB Jake Bentley.

MORE: Archie and Eli Manning rave about South Carolina QB Jake Bentley

“He’s going to be a good player. He’s young. Sometimes you can just tell that they are savvy. He’s kind of got it,” Archie Manning said of the rising sophomore signal caller. “He’s playing in a tough conference. I’m not saying he’s going to set the world on fire, but you can tell he’s going to be a good one.”

 Top 5

Three-star JUCO DE Dorian Gerald released his top 5 on Monday night …

The 6-foot-3 defensive end is rated as the No. 10 overall JUCO prospect for 2018 in the 247Sports composite.

Jabari Ellis names final two contenders

Three-star JUCO DT Jabari Ellis unveiled his final two schools on Monday afternoon: South Carolina and North Carolina State. Ellis is set to announce his pick between the two on July 4.

MORE: When will the Gamecocks’ top targets announce?

Gamecocks vs. Wolfpack

South Carolina QB commit Dakereon Joyner. JUCO defensive lineman Ellis. The Belk College Kickoff.

South Carolina sure does seem to be facing off against N.C. State a lot these days. This fact wasn’t lost on the aforementioned Joyner, who noticed the similarities between his and Ellis’ recruitment …

Sooner than later

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner told WIS-TV that he hoped to have a new baseball coach in place “sooner than later.”

MORE: South Carolina baseball could name new head coach soon 

“I think there’s a lot of people that would be really good fits, so we’re narrowing down the search and hope to name a coach in the next few days,” Tanner said to WIS-TV on Sunday.

Another honor

South Carolina OF Carlos Cortes earned yet another Freshman All-American honor on Monday, this time from Baseball America.

MORE: Carlos Cortes named Freshman All-American 

Still not a fan

Despite spending three months in Columbia, which he called a “great town, a great city,” New York Mets minor league OF Tim Tebow said he still wasn’t a fan of the Gamecocks.

MORE: Tim Tebow enjoyed his time in Columbia, but he’s still not a Gamecocks fan 

“The goal is to when you’re somewhere, hopefully you leave it a little better than you found it,” Tebow told reporters, per The State. “Hopefully, that was the case here, but also the people here had a great impact on me as well. It’s a great town, a great city. A lot of really awesome people.”