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Junior Jake Bentley is 13-7 as South Carolina's starting quarterback.

South Carolina lands another commit; Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley among SEC’s best?

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Class of 2020 offensive lineman Issiah Walker Jr. committed to South Carolina on Tuesday.

The Miami native picked South Carolina over offers from Florida, Kentucky, USF and Jackson State.

Walker joins 3-star running back Mecose Todd (Villa Rica, Ga.) and guard Tyshawn Wannamaker (Saint Matthews, S.C.) in the Gamecocks’ 2020 class.

Among the best

According to Athlon Sports, Gamecocks junior quarterback Jake Bentley is No. 6 in the SEC and No. 14 in the country among starting quarterbacks for 2018.

“New play-caller Bryan McClendon is tasked with helping Bentley elevate his play after South Carolina’s offense averaged only 24.2 points a game last fall,” Athlon’s Steven Lasson writes. “More up-tempo looks are in the works for McClendon, which is a good fit for an offense featuring one of the SEC’s top receiving corps.”

Bentley completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,794 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, adding another 6 rushing scores.

Finding a place

Though Bentley may be entrenched as South Carolina’s starter, redshirt freshman quarterback Jay Urich is focused on improving, no matter his role on the team.

“Try to learn a little bit more from Jake and just do what they ask me to do, so if that’s backup or third-string, I’m going to be good,” Urich told reporters in March.

With redshirt senior Michael Scarnecchia named the backup in March, Urich is competing with freshman Dakereon Joyner for the third-string position.

Urich completed 3 of 11 passes for 20 yards and an interception in the Garnet and Black spring game on March 31.

In the mix

South Carolina is in good standing with 2019 4-star defensive tackle Jaelin Humphries, according to comments he made to SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut.

“They are still in my top schools and I have good conversations with the coaches from South Carolina almost every day or every other day” he said.

The 247Sports composite tabs Humphries as the No. 200 overall prospect for 2019.

Blue-chip potential

Despite playing on the other side of the ball, 2019 2-star defensive tackle and 2019 prospect Zovon Lindsay caught the eye of South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford.

“[Wolford] thinks I can be a top draft pick also, so I could just come in [and] work, probably get some early playing time also, so it’s really up to me,” Lindsay said.

The Gamecocks offered the 6-foot-4, 266-pound prospect as an offensive lineman in April. He is ranked the No. 85 defensive tackle for 2019 in the 247Sports composite.

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Team to beat

South Carolina is among the leaders for 3-star cornerback and 2019 prospect John Dixon, according to Miami DieHards’ David Wilson.

“South Carolina has been recruiting Dixon longer and more consistently than anyone,” Wilson writes. “He’s visited Columbia three times and camped there twice. Dixon said he’s most familiar with the Gamecocks and is closer with South Carolina defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson than any other coach in this process.”

Dixon is the No. 33 cornerback in the 247Sports 2019 composite. In addition to South Carolina, he lists offers from Alabama, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State and more.

Welcome aboard

Georgetown graduate transfer point guard Tre Campbell committed to South Carolina on Tuesday.

In his last full season with the Hoyas (2016-17), Campbell averaged 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Coming out of high school in 2014, the Washington, D.C., native was ranked the No. 107 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite.

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