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TE Hayden Hurst is one of three South Carolina players attending SEC Media Days with coach Will Muschamp on July 10-13.

Players announced for SEC Media Days; former Gamecocks to clash on the hardwood

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Ready for their close-ups

Offensive standouts QB Jake Bentley, WR Deebo Samuel and TE Hayden Hurst will accompany head coach Will Muschamp to SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala., from July 10-13.

Samuel and Hurst were available to the media last season (Samuel actually attended media days in 2016), but this is the media’s first chance to cozy up with the Gamecocks’ rising sophomore quarterback. Should be a good time.

In-demand safety sets official visit

Days after naming South Carolina to his top 4, 3-star safety Israel Mukuamu announced his plans to return to Columbia on July 21 or 22.

“Coach Muschamp called me a few weeks ago and told me that they really wanted me and they want me to give them a chance,” Mukuamu said. “And I’ve been talking to him ever since.”

4-star LB talks visits

Major South Carolina target and 4-star LB Dax Hollifield has a good idea of his official visit destinations: Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech.

“I might commit at the Army game [Jan. 6 U.S. Army All-American Bowl], I don’t know,” Hollifield said. “But I’ll probably tell the coaching staff that I’m coming and tell my family where I’m going but not let anybody else [know].

The Shelby, N.C., native is rated as the nation’s No. 109 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite.

Who’s left?

With the two commitments earlier this week, the Gamecocks’ Class of 2018 currently sits at 13 pledges, with 12 spots remaining in a presumed full class of 25.

MORE: Who’s left for the Gamecocks in 2018?

So, who’s left on South Carolina’s big board? SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan has a full position-by-position breakdown of the Gamecocks’ projected class and targets in the 2018 cycle.

Duceeee

Former South Carolina RB Duce Staley was on campus Wednesday to deliver a motivational speech to the team.

Coach Boom dons a hard hat

Muschamp himself made an appearance in the Gamecocks’ latest promotional video spotlighting the new football operations center.

Battle of Los Angeles, South Carolina style

Former South Carolina stars Sindarius Thornwell and PJ Dozier will face off on Friday when Hollywood’s two teams (Thornwell’s Clippers and Dozier’s Lakers) tip off in the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League.

Hoping for another Sindarius Thornwell dunk

At least one Clippers fan cannot wait to see Thornwell throw down a vicious dunk against the crosstown rival Lakers …

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