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Four-star cornerback Jaycee Horn is among South Carolina's highest-rated signees for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

South Carolina’s top 20 recruiting class; priorities for Gamecocks in spring practice

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Ranking the classes

For seventh consecutive year, the South Carolina Gamecocks signed a top 25 recruiting class.

South Carolina’s latest haul comes in at No. 19 overall in 247Sports’ football recruiting composite team rankings — boosted by their two most recent signees, 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge and 4-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum.

Among the SEC, the Gamecocks’ 2018 class is ranked No. 7 overall and No. 3 in the SEC East.

Back on field

What’s on South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s to-do list for spring practice? Developing depth on the offensive and defensive lines is among the coach’s chief concerns.

“We’ve got to continue to improve on both lines of scrimmage, being able to run the ball when we need to, be able to stop the run on defense and that goes back to toughness,” Muschamp said, “And I think we’ve improved tremendously from Year 1 to Year 2. I think we’ve got to take another step in Year 3.”

The Gamecocks open spring practice on Feb. 28, with the annual Garnet & Black spring game set for March 31.

In the mix

South Carolina could be in the running for Rice graduate transfer safety J.T. Ibe.

“[Muschamp and Travaris Robinson] said they need some experience in the secondary,” Ibe said.

Ibe had 121 tackles and 11 pass breakups in three seasons at Rice.

The 6-foot, 200-pound safety already boasts offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana and Iowa State.

One to watch

Jefferson (Ga.) High School standout Garmon Randolph is among those Class of 2019 tight ends on South Carolina’s radar for the next recruiting cycle.

The 3-star prospect has already visited Columbia twice, with future trips planned to see Clemson and N.C. State.

Randolph is rated as the No. 13 overall tight end for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

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Stopping by

New South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner recently visited with Greenville (S.C.) High School quarterback Davis Beville.

“He really liked what he saw on my film and wanted to visit with me in person,” Beville said. “I enjoyed meeting him and think he is a really good addition to Coach Muschamp’s staff.”

Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Campbell have offered the  6-6, 200-pound signal caller.

Off-the-field honor

Senior outside linebacker/defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams was named vice chair of the SEC Football Leadership Council on Thursday, according to a release from the athletic department.

This is the Atlanta native’s second consecutive year on the council.

Allen-Williams redshirted in 2017 after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against Kentucky in Week 3. The Atlanta native has 135, 15 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in 35 games at South Carolina.

Back on track

After falling to No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Mississippi State in the last week, the No. 7-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team was back to its winning ways on Thursday night, topping the Alabama Crimson Tide, 79-66.

The win halted South Carolina’s two-game losing skid and moved the team to 19-5 overall and 8-3 in the SEC.

The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday when they host the Florida Gators.

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