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Several ESPN personalities expect big things out of South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley and the Gamecocks' passing attack in 2017.

South Carolina passing attack getting plenty of love, news on 5-star RB and more

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SEC Network anchor believes in Gamecocks’ passing attack

SEC Network’s Peter Burns tweeted on Monday that there are only two passing attacks in the SEC that he’s “100-percent convinced [will] have big seasons”: South Carolina and Missouri.

The Gamecocks return quarterback Jake Bentley, top receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards and All-SEC tight end Hayden Hurst.

ESPN analyst also likes South Carolina QB

Tom Luginbill, national recruiting director at ESPN, told Paul Finebaum on Monday that Bentley is one of the top 2 quarterbacks in the SEC.

Luginbill was early on the Bentley bandwagon, singing his praises in July 2016.

Another season prediction

USA Today released its projected records for all 130 FBS teams on Monday. The publication predicts a 6-6 overall record and 3-5 conference record for the Gamecocks in 2017, identical to the team’s regular-season marks in 2016.

South Carolina finished last season 6-7 after losing to South Florida 46-39 in the Birmingham Bowl.

Jovaughn Gwyn is still thinking

Three-star offensive guard Jovaughn Gwyn is down to three schools: Duke, North Carolina State and South Carolina.

“The hardest part is, right now, I like all three [schools] equally,” the Charlotte, N.C., native said. “It just depends on when I get that feeling for which one I want to pick.”

Gwyn, the No. 23 offensive guard in the Class of 2018 according to the 247Sports composite, is hoping to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

C.J. Smith planning official visit

Four-star safety C.J. Smith will take an official visit to South Carolina for the weekend of the Louisiana Tech game on Sept. 23, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. 

Smith, who de-committed from Florida in July, will take additional official visits to Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Louisville.

Rosendo Louis sets decision date

Three-star linebacker Rosendo Louis will announce his commitment on Aug. 18, according to a report from the Miami Herald newspaper.

Florida State is now the favorite to land the Deerfield Beach, Fla., native, a one-time South Carolina lean.

In good position for 5-star RB

South Carolina and running backs coach Bobby Bentley were the first to offer Class of 2019 running back Quavaris Crouch, and that means a lot to the top-rated running back in 2019.

“That’s my first offer,” Crouch told SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan. “[Bentley] took a chance on me when nobody else would and he’s always been there encouraging me, telling me, so that will play a little role in [my] recruiting.

Former Gamecocks 2B makes Royals history

According to Baseball Reference, former South Carolina standout Whit Merrifield is the first second baseman in Kansas City Royals history to hit 15 total home runs in his first two MLB seasons.

In his second season in the majors, Merrifield is batting .294 with 50 runs, 13 HRs and 49 RBI entering Monday.

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