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Four-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski is rated as the No. 1 pocket passer for 2019, according to ESPN.

South Carolina QB commit’s growing profile; former Clemson DT talks Gamecocks visit

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High profile

Four-star quarterback and South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski has seen his recruiting profile grow as of late, earning an offer from Ohio State.

“It’s a big offer for me, especially coming from Coach [Urban] Meyer,” Hilinski said. “He recognizes great talent and he’s coached a lot of it. Getting an offer from them solidifies all of the hard work I’ve been putting in this offseason. It’s a big honor for me, for sure.”

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound standout is deciding on whether he’ll visit the Buckeyes. He’s rated as the No. 165 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Best ever

As one of the Gamecocks’ highest-rated commits for 2019, Hilinski is among the class’ top recruiters.

“I want to have the best class that has ever been through South Carolina and put them at the top of the map,” Hilinski told the SoCal Recruiting Stories Podcast, via John Del Bianco of The Big Spur.

The Orange (Calif.) Lutheran standout was critical in the Gamecocks securing a pledge from 5-star defensive end Zacch Pickens on Friday. With Hilinski and Pickens on board, South Carolina’s 2019 class is ranked No. 7 in 247Sports’ composite team rankings.

‘They still welcomed me’

Former Clemson defensive tackle Josh Belk enjoyed his visit to see South Carolina last week.

“It was like, the relationship hasn’t changed,” Belk told SportsTalkSC’s Phil Kornblut. “They still welcomed me in like it was the beginning of the recruiting process. Just talked to Coach [Will] Muschamp and he showed me the new facility they are building and told me about how I can help the team out and how good of a player I can be.”

The former 4-star prospect also visited Georgia. The 247Sports composite tabbed Belk as the No. 102 overall prospect for 2018.

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Deadspin’s Chris Thompson called former South Carolina star and current Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “a comic book superhero” in praising the Richmond, Va., native’s outstanding catch on Monday.

Bradley Jr. is in his fifth season in the majors, with a career batting average of .235, with 442 hits, 96 doubles, 17 triples, 59 home runs and 242 RBI.

Back in action

After missing the NCAA Tournament last season, South Carolina’s baseball team is returning to the postseason. The Gamecocks will be the No. 2 seed in the Greenville, N.C., regional, with No. 1 seed East Carolina, No. 3 seed Ohio State and No. 4 seed UNC Wilmington.

This is South Carolina’s 32nd trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks open postseason play against Ohio State at 2 p.m. on Friday.


Check out the South Carolina’s reaction when the team learned its postseason fate on Monday.

After making the NCAA Tournament every year from 2000-14, the Gamecocks missed out on the postseason in 2015 and 2017.

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