The music playlist in a college football locker room might vary from team to team or region to region.
At South Carolina, where there’s a roster full of players from the state of Georgia, Atlanta-based rappers have a heavy presence. From Future to 21 Savage and Cosa Nostra Kidd, Atlanta’s brand of “trap music” is popular among the Gamecocks.
As the countdown to Thursday night’s season opener at Vanderbilt approached zero, SEC Country spoke with several prominent players on the South Carolina roster for their favorite, pre-game songs.
Warning: some of the music isn’t suitable for all listeners.
RG Donell Stanley
The redshirt sophomore from Floydale, S.C. is a country music fan. Though he figured there would be plenty of rap choices, Stanley said his pre-game go-to artists are Blake Shelton, George Strait and/or Tracy Lawrence.
DT Ulric Jones
Lil Boosie’s “Set It Off” ain’t bad, but Juvenile’s “Set It Off” is better, way better.
RB AJ Turner
Future’s “Too Much Sauce” was Turner’s first answer, but he opted to go with “No Heart” by 21 Savage.
DB Steven Montac
Montac, who’s from Covington, which is east of Atlanta, is a fan of Atlanta-based rapper Cosa Rostra Kidd, so he went with “Locked In.”
LB Bryson Allen-Williams
Kodak Black’s “Slayed” has a nice, steady beat. Not bad.
P Sean Kelly
Leave it to a white guy to go with Post Malone’s “White Iverson.” It’s still a catchy tune, no matter the color of your skin.
LG Zack Bailey
Bailey needed about 5 seconds to answer. He went with one of many hits by the best rapper on the planet. Eminem’s “Till I Collapse” was his song of choice. Good call.
DL coach Lance Thompson
Thompson, who played his college ball at The Citadel, went with the Phil Collins classic“In The Air Tonight.” Those drums are timeless.
DT Kelsey Griffin
This was a popular choice among several players. But, as a pre-game hype song, I don’t know if Future’s “Too Much Sauce” does it, maybe it’s the piano.
DE Dante Sawyer
Sawyer, like so many others, opted to go with a Future joint. “Colossal” was a good choice, young fella.
QB Perry Orth
At first, Orth deferred the song choice to Brandon McIlwain, who went with Future’s “Too Much Sauce.” After Jake Bentley’s suggestion of “Seven Nation Army,” Orth went with the popular song by The White Stripes.
Hale McGranahan covers South Carolina athletics for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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