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Predictions for South Carolina football in 2018; one of Gamecocks’ top targets for 2018 ‘torn’ on decision

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Future looks bright

Coming off a 9-4 season in 2017, expectations are high for the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2018. SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan looks into his crystal ball to make some bold predictions for the next season of South Carolina football.

“The team wins 10 games,” McGranahan writes. “To sweeten the pot, South Carolina will knock off at least two of the teams that beat the Gamecocks in 2017: Kentucky, Texas A&M, Georgia and Clemson.”

Ten wins in 2018 would give the Gamecocks their fifth double-digit win season in program history.

50-50

According to 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge’s mother, the 6-foot-5, 288-pound defensive lineman is “really just torn” between South Carolina and Georgia.

“I think people feel that way because I’m an alum,” Keshia Sandidge told Jeff Sentell of Dawg Nation. “UGA and [South Carolina] have been there through the long haul. They both have an equal shot.”

Sandidge is rated as the No. 133 overall prospect for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

‘I really enjoyed it’

Five-star wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield was among the prospects on campus this weekend checking out South Carolina.

“I got to have some 1-on-1 time with the coaches,” Sheffield said. “I got to eat some good food. I got to bowl, just bond. It was good bonding time today. I really enjoyed it.”

The Saint Simons Island, Ga., native is rated as No. 4 wide receiver for 2019 by the 247Sports composite.

New offer

Class of 2019 running back Tahj Gary was offered by the Gamecocks over the weekend while touring campus.

The Atlanta, Ga., native averaged 9.7 yards per carry and scored 31 touchdowns as a junior at Woodward Academy in 2017.

Gary also boasts offers from Boston College, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky and more.

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Warm welcome

The South Carolina football team was recognized on Saturday during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Tennessee.

It the first time South Carolina fans got to see the newest Gamecocks, the January enrollees from the team’s 2018 signing class.

Coach Will Muschamp also introduced new director of player development and former South Carolina star running back Marcus Lattimore to a raucous ovation.

Play of the day

Former South Carolina standout and New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore made an outstanding leaping deflection late in the Patriots’ 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game.

The play ended the Jaguars’ comeback bid as the Patriots took over on downs and ultimately ran out the clock.

Gilmore, in his first year with the Patriots, had 50 tackles and 2 interceptions this season.

After three seasons in Columbia (2009-11), the Rock Hill, S.C., native was drafted N0. 10 overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Me too

Not to be outdone by his former teammate, ex-South Carolina star and Philadelphia Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffrey caught 5 passes for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Eagles’ 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Facing third-and-10 and leading by 7 points, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles heaved a 53-yard bomb to a streaking Jeffrey to go up 21-7.

The former All-SEC and All-American selection was the No. 2 receiver this season for the NFC champion Eagles, catching 57 passes for 789 yards and 9 touchdowns in the regular season.

Jeffery was taken No. 45 overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2012 NFL Draft after three standout seasons with the Gamecocks (2009-11). This is his first season in Philadelphia.

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