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Four-star athlete and 2019 prospect Keveon Mullins (left) is rated as the No. 11 player in Tennessee for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

South Carolina’s position in SEC East race; Gamecocks among top 4 for 4-star WR

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Division dark horse

Could the South Carolina Gamecocks be Georgia’s biggest threat in the SEC East? With junior quarterback Jake Bentley and an experienced receiving corps, many think the Gamecocks could be the division’s No. 2 team.

Expectations are that under new offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon — a former Georgia player and assistant coach —  the Gamecocks will be more dangerous offensively than last year, when they were very inconsistent,” Bill King of DawgNation wrote. “Plus, there’s this popular belief that Coach Boom’s [Will Muschamp] defense will be improved from last year simply because he’s usually had good defenses in the past.”

The Gamecocks host the Bulldogs on Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET in the featured SEC on CBS game for Week 2.

Final 4

Four-star wide receiver and 2019 prospect Keveon Mullins unveiled his top 4 schools on Saturday.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver was on campus last Tuesday for the Will Muschamp Football Camp. He’s rated as the No. 261 overall prospect for 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.

Spinning it

While on an unofficial visit to South Carolina over the weekend, 4-star quarterback and Gamecocks commit Ryan Hilinski impressed with his throwing skills.

“Hilinski looked great slinging at the target net,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “He and [Jackson] Muschamp each had about five throws — that SEC Country saw — before the end of their workout.”

The Orange, Calif., native is the No. 73 overall prospect and No. 2 pro-style quarterback for 2019.

Turning heads

Three-star linebacker and South Carolina commit Derek Boykins was another prospect turning heads last weekend.

The 2019 prospect “[passed] the eye test with flying colors” at the Saturday session of Muschamp’s camp, according to McGranahan. Boykins caught up with South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson and running backs coach Bobby Bentley as well.

The Central Cabarrus High School (Concord, N.C.) standout committed to the Gamecocks on June 2. He’s rated as the No. 29 outside linebacker for 2019.

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CB guest list

The Gamecocks welcomed several top 2019 cornerback targets to campus on Saturday, including:

  • 4-star prospect Jaydon Hill (Madison, Ala.)
  • 4-star recruit Chris Steele (Bellflower, Calif.)
  • 3-star prospect John Dixon (Tampa, Fla.)
  • 3-star recruit Jammie Robinson (Cordele, Ga.)

South Carolina currently has no defensive backs committed for 2019.

Looking sharp

Steele posted some slick uniform pics while on his official visit.

The No. 39 overall prospect for 2019 plans to announce his decision on July 7.

Recruit becomes recruiter

While in Columbia over the weekend, Hilinski did his best to try to bring Steele and Hill with him to Columbia in 2019.

Thanks in part to Hilinski’s own lofty rating and his recruiting efforts, the Gamecocks’ 2019 haul is currently ranked No. 6 in 247Sports’ 2019 football recruiting composite team rankings.

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