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Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall has become one of fastest-rising prospects in the Class of 2018.

Updates on Class of 2018 targets; plus, former South Carolina WR shines in preseason debut

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Channing Tindall is ready to play

Since March, Class of 2018 linebacker Channing Tindall has gone from underrated 3-star prospect to nationally-ranked 4-star linebacker.

The Spring Valley (Columbia, S.C.) High School standout is now rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in the country and No. 2 overall prospect in South Carolina – earning U.S. Army All-America and The Opening All-Defense first-team honors as well.

After seeing his recruiting profile skyrocket, Tindall is ready for his senior season.

Decision coming soon for Jovaughn Gwyn?

Three-star guard Jovaughn Gwyn could be close to a decision, the Charlotte, N.C., native told SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan.

“It just depends on how I’m feeling before that first game comes, so it’s either before or after,” Gwyn said. “But it won’t be too long after.”

South Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State are believed to be the finalists for 6-foot-2, 296-pound lineman.

Josh Vann likes South Carolina’s recruiting style

Not a fan of long phone calls with college coaches, 4-star wide receiver Josh Vann likes South Carolina co-offensive coordinator/wide receiver coach Bryan McClendon’s approach.

“You could talk to any [prospect] who’s getting recruited by ‘B-Mac’ and they’ll probably laugh,” Vann told SEC Country. “He’ll try to get to know you and try to become close. He’s not like any other coach that just talks and tries to get you on the phone.”

It’s not over with Israel Mukuamu

Despite already committing to Florida State earlier this month, 3-star safety Israel Mukuamu is still hearing from South Carolina, according to a report from SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut.

“They’re pretty much telling they want me bad, come play for the home state and telling me how they can develop me and how they develop players that are in the NFL right now,” Mukuamu said of the Gamecocks’ pursuit.

A familiar face could return to Columbia

According to Andrew Miller of The Post and Courier newspaper, South Carolina baseball is in talks with the College of Charleston to play a game in Spirit Communications Park in Columbia in 2018.

Next season is South Carolina coach Mark Kingston’s first at the helm for the Gamecocks. The man he replaced, Chad Holbrook, is now the coach at College of Charleston.

Welcome to Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks announced Tuesday they signed free-agent guard and former South Carolina standout P.J. Dozier.

After leading the Gamecocks to their first Final Four, Dozier went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Columbia native played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer league before signing with the Mavericks.

Damiere Byrd flies

Former South Carolina WR Damiere Byrd caught 4 passes for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns for Carolina in the Panthers preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Wednesday night. The Panthers won 27-17 in a game that featured several former Gamecocks (Byrd and Captain Munnerlyn for Carolina, Jadeveon Clowney and Jonathan Joseph for Houston).

Byrd signed with the Panthers after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Erial, N.J., native spent the 2015 season on the practice squad, then split time between the practice squad and the 53-man roster in 2016.

Looks who’s talking

According to the Washington Redskins’ Twitter account, former South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger is “a teacher [and] a chirper” on the practice field in his first season with the team.

Swearinger signed with the Redskins in March after spending the 2016 season, and part of the 2015 campaign, with the Arizona Cardinals.

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