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Four-star CB Jaycee Horn is one of the Gamecocks' top targets taking part in The Opening Finals this week.

Top targets at The Opening, plus major news from Gamecocks at SEC Media Days

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Keeping an eye on The Opening

A number of South Carolina’s Class of 2018 targets are in Oregon for The Opening Finals, the recruiting extravaganza that runs from today through Monday. Among the Gamecocks targets in attendance:

Find the full list here: South Carolina recruits headed to Oregon for The Opening

Heading to Hoover

South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has been in the headlines a lot this offseason, earning a wealth of praise for his outstanding freshman campaign.

MORE: South Carolina QB Jake Bentley reportedly going to SEC Media Days 

As the new face of the program, the rising sophomore signal caller will be among Gamecocks’ representatives at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., in July.

Yoga for a cause

As exciting as Williams-Brice Stadium can be, it’s good to catch a little downtime in the offseason. And that’s just what Bentley and tight end Jacob August are doing this summer.

MORE: Jake Bentley, Jacob Thomas helping kids with developmental disorders through yoga 

The duo have become staffers at Camp M.A.T.E.S., an Autism Academy of South Carolina program that encourages kids and adults (ages 4-21) to partake in yoga to help with their social-skills deficits such as autism, Asperger’s and ADHD).

Honors for the HBC

According to The State, South Carolina has had “preliminary discussions” with former head coach Steve Spurrier about honoring him at a game this fall.

MORE: South Carolina could honor Steve Spurrier at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2017

“There is nothing set, but if something happens that they want to do that, it would be fine with me, probably,” Spurrier told The State. ““You will have to check with them. All I can say is nothing has been set … If it happens, fine. If it doesn’t, that’s fine too.”

Former WR finds new home

Former South Carolina receiver Christian Owens announced his transfer destination earlier this week. The 6-foot-5 receiver will be joining former South Carolina offensive line coach Shawn Elliott at Georgia State, according to The State.

New commitment for Gamecock great

Former South Carolina RB and Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers got himself a big #SpursUp on Wednesday night.

Congrats to Big George and his fiancee!

Scratch one off the list

Wake Forest head baseball coach Tom Walter is staying put, agreeing to a seven-year extension with the Demon Deacons earlier this week.

MORE: Potential South Carolina baseball candidate signs extension at Wake Forest

Having led Wake to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, Walter was among those discussed as potential candidates for the vacant South Carolina position.

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