Upcoming announcements for several Gamecocks’ targets; Mark Kingston hires assistants
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2018 DE target commits to Alabama
Four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn Jr. committed to Alabama on Saturday.
The Anderson, S.C., native was down to South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama before ultimately pulling the trigger on the Crimson Tide.
Still in it
Despite missing out on Wynn, the Gamecocks are still in prime position to land several commitments in July, including:
- 3-star JUCO DT Jabari Ellis (Tuesday)
- 3-star RB Lavonte Valentine (Tuesday)
- 4-star CB Jaycee Horn (July 15)
“Once Coach (Will) Muschamp started using it in earnest, we wanted to start to protect it,” senior associate athletics director for marketing and branding Eric Nichols told Gamecock Central.
Goodbye to a legend
South Carolina Hall of Fame member Max Runager passed away on Friday.
Runager, 61, was a 3-year starter and captain for the Gamecocks in 1978. The Greenwood, S.C., native, who punted for 11 NFL seasons and was on two Super Bowl teams, was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mark Kingston names assistants
New South Carolina head baseball coach Mark Kingston named his first two assistants on Sunday. Kingston is bringing in Mike Current from South Florida and is retaining current South Carolina pitching coach Jerry Meyers.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) July 2, 2017
Former Gamecocks offer endorsements
Kingston is getting support from all across Gamecocks nation, including several former South Carolina baseball stars.
Former C Grayson Greiner (2012-14)
— Grayson Greiner (@ggreiner21) June 30, 2017
Former OF/IF Whit Merrifield (2008-10)
Mark Kingston got a text today from Whit Merrifield. “To me, that’s what it’s all about. The alumni built this program.”
— Mike Wilson (@ByMikeWilson) June 30, 2017
Justin Smoak is in
Former South Carolina 1B Justin Smoak was named American League starting first baseman for the July 11 All-Star Game in Miami. Smoak is batting .300 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI.
🚨This Just-In! 🚨
Justin Smoak has been named the starting All-Star 1B for the American League!
Congratulations Justin & thank you fans! 👏 pic.twitter.com/6eCloF126A
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 2, 2017