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Freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson was expected to be a key contributor for the Gamecocks this season.

South Carolina safety lost for season; Will Muschamp recaps Saturday scrimmage

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Jaylin Dickerson out for the year

South Carolina freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson will miss the 2017 season because of shoulder surgery, coach Will Muschamp told reporters on Saturday.

“The nerve specialist feels like that is the best route to go,” Muschamp said. “[Dickerson] will be aerobic training within three weeks. He will be lifting weights within eight weeks. It’s a six-month recovery, so he’ll be cleared in January and cleared for spring practice.”

The freshman and early enrollee was expected to challenge for a starting position.

Scrimmage recap

Muschamp liked what he saw in the Gamecocks’ first scrimmage of the month on Saturday.

“I think, the things you get excited about — we only had two procedure penalties, offensively. We had one pass interference, and that was it for 140 scrimmage snaps,” the South Carolina coach said. “We got 50 snaps with our first group, 50 snaps with our second group and 40 snaps for our third group. It was a good, physical day and it was exactly what we needed. We got about 20 snaps on special teams.”

Muschamp went on to praise quarterback Jake Bentley and freshmen wide receivers OrTre Smith and Shi Smith, among others.

Current class ranking

According to the 247Sports composite, the Gamecocks’ 2018 recruiting class is ranked No. 24 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC.

South Carolina’s 18 commits have an average rating of 86.15, tied with recruiting rival Virginia Tech.

The Gamecocks 2017 class finished No. 21 nationally in the 247Sports composite.

4-star WR has a favorite

Four-star WR Nolan Groulx lists South Carolina as his favorite among the schools that have offered. Groulx is rated as the No. 35 wide receiver in the Class of 2019 by 247Sports.

“[Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon] said he doesn’t want to just use me in the slot, which I liked a lot,” Groulx said. “Most colleges see me in the slot, which I can see that, but he said he also wants to use me outside, because he thinks I’m versatile enough to do that.”

The Hough High (Cornelius, N.C.) standout boasts offers from South Carolina, N.C. State, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.

Top 7

South Carolina is among seven finalists for 3-star small forward Aaron Nesmith, according to the Twitter account for Nesmith’s AAU team. Nesmith is also considering Florida, Georgetown, Harvard, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Yale.

The Porter Gaud (Charleston, S.C.) forward is ranked No. 182 overall in the Class of 2018.

Praise for former South Carolina 2B

Former South Carolina standout and current Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield has turned himself “into a very good big league player,” writes Michael Baumann of The Ringer.

A ninth-round pick by the Royals in the 2010 MLB Draft, not much was expected of the former Gamecocks star.

“Merrifield seemed like a lock to kick around in the minor leagues for a few years, make it to Double-A, stall, and, at some point in his late 20s, decide he’d rather be a coach or a scout, or just go back to Columbia, S.C., and never pay for a beer again as long as he lived,” writes Baumann.

Since being called up to the majors in May 2016, Merrifield is hitting .288 with 80 RBI, 15 home runs and 27 stolen bases.

Tomorrow isn’t planned

South Carolina released a short documentary about WR Deebo Samuel, Tomorrow Isn’t Promised.

Samuel had a breakout season in 2016, with 59 catches for 783 yards and 9 total touchdowns (1 receiving, 6 rushing, 1 passing and 1 kickoff return).

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