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Offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has impressed on the sideline and the recruiting trail.

Roper’s work with Carolina QBs and Class of 2018 evaluations …

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“You’re wanting a guy that loves the game and loves the process of the game, doesn’t just love Saturday, but loves being a quarterback that would rather come over and watch tape on a Thursday night than go hang out with his friends,” offensive coordinator Kurt Roper said.

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Between starting QB Jake Bentley’s on-field production and the noticeable improvement of backup Michael Scarnecchia, it’s clear Roper knows how to coach ’em up — but he also knows how to recruit ’em.

The Gamecocks offensive coordinator has been on a hot streak with his evaluations as of late — with Class of 2018 quarterbacks Chase Wolf and Tyler Shough both receiving more Power 5 offers following the Gamecocks’ interest.

While Wolf and Shough have been hogging the headlines as of late, there’s yet another 2018 quarterback that Roper and the coaching staff have their eye on …

QB target heads to Tuscaloosa

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South Carolina QB recruit Dakereon Joyner (Hale McGranahan)

One of the Gamecocks’ top quarterback targets for 2018 is taking a scheduled visit to Alabama.

With former quarterbacks Lorenzo Nunez and Brandon McIlwain both departing the program, Dakereon Joyner has become a major priority for the Gamecocks.

RELATED: Another visit for Dakereon Joyner

The North Charleston, S.C., native lists Alabama, Georgia, N.C. State, Oregon and South Carolina as his favorites. He’s set to announce his commitment on Father’s Day.

Elmore arrives

Minnesota graduate transfer Gaelin Elmore, a defensive end, arrived in Columbia for his official visit late Sunday night.

Elmore could provide an immediate boost to the Gamecocks in a serious area of need: pass rush.

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The Gamecocks’ lack of depth along the trenches took another hit with 5-star 2018 DE Xavier Thomas’ pledge to Clemson.

New contracts coming for coaches

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South Carolina coach Frank Martin (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

On the heels of a Final Four run for the men and a national championship for the women, coaches Frank Martin and Dawn Staley are set to receive new contracts, according to The State.

Both coaches should see bumps in compensation, thanks to their respective success.

RELATED: South Carolina plans new contracts for basketball coaches Frank Martin, Dawn Staley

Athletic director Ray Tanner is likely to submit the new contracts for approval at the next board of trustees meeting on April 21.

Gamecocks want revenge

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LT Tolbert has been a force at the plate as of late. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

 

“Every game is big, but we definitely want to get some revenge on those guys,” USC second baseman LT Tolbert said of Gamecocks’ game against North Carolina on Tuesday. “That’s a little bit more motivation.”

The Gamecocks suffered their worst loss in the last 10 years at the hands of the Tar Heels in 2016 — a 15-0 thrashing at the same BB&T Ballpark.

RELATED: LT Tolbert lifting South Carolina baseball with recent offensive tear

The biggest stories for South Carolina will be on the mound, with redshirt freshman Cody Morris toeing the rubber and closer Tyler Johnson healthy and available for the first time in more than a month.

First pitch is a 7 p.m. EST.

Montgomery earns spot in Yankees’ rotation

It was reported on Monday that former South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery has earned a starting spot with the Yankees …

“Montgomery, a left-hander, won the job as the New York Yankees’ fifth starter, according to multiple reports on Monday,” wrote Mike Wilson. “Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays will be his first appearance in that role.”

RELATED: Former Gamecocks pitcher Jordan Montgomery wins starting spot with Yankees

In his three years in Columbia, the Sumter, S.C., native posted a 20-7 record with a 2.87 ERA.

Cocky tweets

Always the appropriate reaction when being named a starter for the Yankees …

It’s been more than a week, but it seems like Carolina fans need a reminder …

The USC/SEC Country crossover you never knew you wanted until now: Beezer’s + Mike Wilson … (T-bird is No. 1 – @ me)