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Four-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski (middle) is ESPN's top-rated pocket passer for 2019.

South Carolina QB commit turning heads; Gamecocks’ graduation rate among nation’s best

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Well deserved

With three more major offers in the last few weeks, 4-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski sees his growing profile as validation of his hard work.

“I felt like they were going to come. I didn’t expect when they would come, but I felt like they would come eventually,” Hilinski told SEC Country. “But with LSU, Ohio State and UCLA, those are pretty big offers. It just solidifies, I think, that all the work I’ve been putting in is paying out.”

The Orange, Calif., product is rated as the No. 166 overall prospect for 2019, per the 247Sports composite. Hilinski committed to the Gamecocks on April 4.

At the top

South Carolina’s football team is tied for third in the country in Graduation Success Rate, trailing only Dartmouth, Harvard and Northwestern

The team’s 98 percent figure is No. 1 in the SEC.

Muschamp attributes the Gamecocks’ academic success to Maria Hickman, the university’s senior associate athletics director for academics and student development.

Offer out

South Carolina offered 4-star QB and Michigan State commit Dwan Mathis on Sunday.

Mathis has been committed to the Spartans since Sept. 2018.

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound signal-caller is rated as the No. 262 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

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Switching sides

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced on Monday that Clemson graduate transfer Nelly Perry will enroll at South Carolina.

“We welcome Chanelle ‘Nelly’ Perry to our Gamecock family,” Staley said. “She is an impact player who will bring a wealth of experience with her ability to score in the paint and defend length on the perimeter.”

Perry averaged 11 points and 2.5 assists during her career with the Tigers. She was Clemson’s top scorer in 2016-17, with 12.7 points per game.

What if?

Did Dalzell, S.C., product and former NBA great Ray Allen ever consider attending South Carolina?

When Allen was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday, we got an answer, per Andrew Ramspacher of The State.

“Ray told us the story about how he ended up at UConn,” former South Carolina shortstop Drew Meyer told reporters. “The short end of it was he wasn’t really recruited by the in-state schools.”

Allen went on to star at Connecticut under coach from 1993-96, before being picked No. 5 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft and having an 18-year NBA career.

Moving up

The South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team (30-21, 15-12 SEC) is ranked No. 25 in the latest D1Baseball.com Top 25.

South Carolina jumped in the poll after winning two of three against Missouri over the weekend.

The Gamecocks host USC Upstate in their home finale on Tuesday night before visiting Texas A&M on Thursday for the final series of the regular season.

Toeing the rubber

South Carolina right-hander Cody Morris was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore hurler tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings in the Gamecocks’ 1-0 win over Missouri on Sunday.

Morris (6-3, 4.22 ERA) has struck out 69 batters in 64 innings on the mound this season.

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