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Class of 2020 prospect and South Carolina commit Issiah Walker Jr. is rated as the No. 23 tackle for 2020, according to the 247Sports composite.

South Carolina recruiting classes impress now, and in the future

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Big wins

With the No. 8 overall class in 247Sports’ 2019 football recruiting composite team rankings, South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp and his staff have been impressive on the recruiting trail.

“In the case of South Carolina, the Gamecocks have done an excellent job winning battles against other Power 5 programs so far during the 2019 recruiting cycle,” The Big Spur’s JC Shurburtt writes. “Because some of these prospects committed relatively early, there may be more than one team to designate the runner-up.”

Five-star defensive end Zacch Pickens, the No. 19 overall prospect and No. 1 player in South Carolina, is the Gamecocks’ highest-rated commit in the cycle, per the 247Sports composite.

Moving up

Class of 2020 prospect and South Carolina commit Issiah Walker Jr. is ranked No. 181 overall in the 2020 Rivals250, released on Thursday.

The 4-star tackle committed to the Gamecocks on May 8 over offers from Florida, Kentucky, South Florida and more.

Turning heads

The 2020 Rivals250 tabs 4-star quarterback and South Carolina target Luke Doty as the No. 242 overall prospect for 2020.

“They just kept reiterating to me that I’m their guy and I’m No. 1 on their board right now, as far as 2020 goes. They really want me at South Carolina,” Doty said of the Gamecocks’ recruiting pitch.

The Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School standout was in Columbia earlier this month for Will Muschamp Football Camp.

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No. 1 at the box office

For the fourth season in a row, the South Carolina women’s basketball team led the nation in attendance.

“The NCAA released its official attendance numbers for women’s basketball on Thursday, showing that South Carolina led the way in average and total home attendance, total attendance for all games and highest regular-season single-game attendance for the 2017-18 season,” The Post and Courier reports.

An average of 13,239 South Carolina fans attended the Gamecocks’ 17 home games last season.

Always a Gamecock

Despite never playing in a game for the Gamecocks, former 5-star power forward Brian Bowen was back on campus Thursday for South Carolina’s kids camp.

After the NCAA notified Bowen he’d be ineligible for the 2018-19 season, the Saginaw, Mich., native decided to go pro.

Offer up

Frank Martin and the South Carolina men’s basketball team offered 2020 prospect P.J. Hall earlier this week, per The State’s Andrew Ramspacher. Hall is one of the top prospect in the Palmetto State for 2020.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward lists additional offers from College of Charleston, Presbyterian, Wofford and more.

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