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Keisean Nixon (left) and Jaylin Dickerson (right) are two second-year players expected to contribute in the South Carolina secondary in 2018.

Competition in South Carolina’s secondary; Gamecocks make cut for 4-star DT

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‘Best guy is going to play’

After his first season in Columbia, South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Keisean Nixon feels more comfortable and ready to contribute in 2018.

“Wouldn’t say it was a disappointing year, just got here late and had to adjust,” the former Arizona Western College transfer said. “The bowl game was big. The Clemson game was big. Just made plays when the opportunity comes.”

Nixon is expected to compete for one of the Gamecocks’ vacant safety positions.

“Everybody is battling. Everybody wants to play. The best guy is going to play,” he said of the competition in the Gamecocks secondary.

The senior had 8 total tackles, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery in 2017.

5 in mind

Four-star defensive tackle and 2019 prospect C.J. Clark released his top 5 on Tuesday, including South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

“South Carolina is a good school, great fan base, just a good all-around school,” Clark said.

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound defensive lineman was in Columbia on March 31 for South Carolina’s Garnet and Black spring game. He’s rated as the No. 277 overall prospect for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

It’s official

Three-star guard and 2018 prospect Jermaine Couisnard officially signed with South Carolina’s men’s basketball team on on Wednesday, The Big Spur’s JC Shurburtt reports.

The Montverte Academy (East Chicago, Ill.) standout committed to the Gamecocks over offers from Louisville, Virginia Tech and Illinois.

He’s rated as the No. 184 prospect for 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Moving on

West Virginia announced on Wednesday that South Carolina women’s basketball guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore will join the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer, reports Ben Breiner of The State.

Cuevas-Moore is expected to graduate from South Carolina in the spring, according to the release.

The Bronx, N.Y., native averaged 6.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists through three seasons in Columbia. She missed all of the 2017-18 season with an ACL injury to her left knee.

 

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Sweet vengeance

South Carolina baseball exacted revenge on The Citadel with a 12-1 win on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs knocked off the Gamecocks 4-3 on March 20.

With the win, the Gamecocks improved to 19-14 overall.

South Carolina opens a three-game set against No. 3 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday night.

Taking over

Before she takes over the WNBA, former South Carolina star A’ja Wilson took over the WNBA’s Twitter account.

Wilson, the consensus National Player of the Year and three-time SEC Player of the Year, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft on Thursday.

Here’s to you

The official University of South Carolina Twitter account unveiled a fantastic tribute to Wilson on Wednesday night.

A former standout at Heathwood Hall in Columbia, Wilson holds a special place in Gamecocks fans’ hearts. Her achievements on the court for South Carolina solidified her status as a hometown hero and Gamecocks legend.

On Thursday night, she takes the next step, with Gamecocks fans watching proudly when her name is inevitably called.

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