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First-year South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner worked with a pair of top SEC quarterbacks in Chad Kelly and Bo Wallace during his time at Ole Miss from 2012-16.

South Carolina’s ideal QB; Gamecocks make cut for 4-star DT

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Future under center

What do the South Carolina Gamecocks look for in a quarterback? SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan spoke with first-year South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner about the Gamecocks’ must-haves in a quarterback prospect.

“The big thing is, first of all, does he have a good enough arm to play at this level?” Werner said. “Once you see that, then you look at pocket presence, decision-making. Is he a winner?”

South Carolina currently has one quarterback committed for 2019: 4-star prospect Ryan Hilinski.

Top 5

Four-star defensive tackle and 2019 prospect C.J. Clark unveiled his top 5 on Tuesday, with South Carolina making the cut.

The Gamecocks joined the likes of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and North Carolina State among the New London, N.C., native’s favorites.

Clark is rated as the No. 277 overall prospect and No. 19 defensive tackle for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

Good vibes

Four-star cornerback Jaydon Hill stopped by Columbia for the Garnet and Black spring game on March 31.

“It was good,” Hill said. “I liked the fan base. I liked the campus, the facilities and I liked coach [Will] Muschamp and [defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson].”

The Bob Jones High School (Madison, Ala.) standout is expected to announce his top 5 schools later this month, with South Carolina, Mississippi State and Tennessee likely occupying three of those spots.

Hill lists additional offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, TCU and more. He’s rated as the No. 303 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

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In the mix

Four-star linebacker Kalen Deloach released his top 9 on Twitter on Tuesday.

The 247Sports composite tabs Deloach as the No. 367 overall prospect and No. 24 outside linebacker for 2019.

Back on the field

Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is returning to the sidelines.

Spurrier was announced as the coach of the Orlando team in the Alliance of American Football, a new spring football league. The new league, started by Charlie Ebersol, begins play on Feb. 9, 2019.

The former Heisman Trophy winner last coached in 2015, his final season at South Carolina. In 11 seasons with the Gamecocks (2005-15), Spurrier posted a 86-49 overall record.

He’s the winningest coach at both Florida and South Carolina, with the second-most wins in SEC history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

‘Most polished passer’

According to a tweet from 247Sports’ Brad Crawford, Hilinski, the Gamecocks’ latest commit, is one of the best passers in the 2019 class.

The Orange, Calif., native committed to South Carolina on April 4. He’s rated as the No. 313 overall prospect and No. 9 pro-style quarterback in his class, per the 247Sports composite.

In the spotlight

Former South Carolina star and current Los Angeles Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell enjoyed a career night on Monday, scoring a career-high 20 points with 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 32 minutes of action.

In four years at South Carolina (2013-17), Thornwell averaged 14.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. The Lancaster, S.C., native earned first-team All-SEC and SEC Player of the Year honors in leading the Gamecocks to their first Final Four in 2017.

He was picked No. 48 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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