Kicker Shane Hynes will transfer to South Carolina after graduating from Kent State in the spring. It was a move that was facilitated, in part, by a Clemson commitment.
Last offseason, Hynes trained with B.T. Potter, a senior kicker from South Pointe High School (Rock Hill, S.C.), who considered the Gamecocks before committing to a scholarship offer from the Clemson Tigers earlier.
Potter and Buffalo, N.Y.-based kicking instructor Adam Tanalski helped put the wheels in motion for Hynes to transfer to South Carolina.
“My impression was how could anyone not want to go here, no matter who you’re being recruited by,” Hynes said. “Not just from the facilities, the tradition and the stadium and all that, but more so from the people, the people they surround themselves with that are on the staff, whether it’s the football staff or academics.
“But there is an opportunity to come in right away and excel at something that they need help on.”
Over three seasons at Kent State, Hynes connected on 31 of 48 field-goal attempts and hit 55 of 57 extra-point tries. His career long (48) came this season at Louisville.
Auburn and Florida were also considered before Hynes announced his decision on Friday.
“A graduate transfer has been something I’ve always wanted to pursue and it just so happened that a right fit came about with South Carolina and they needed somebody,” he said. “They believe I can come in and help them and I believe I can come in and help them as well. It was just kind of a mutual fit.”
Hynes is set to join the Gamecocks in June and will be on scholarship in 2018. Parker White and Alex Woznick, who combined to go 13 of 25 on field goals this season, are scheduled to be in on the competition.
“It is a great opportunity, but everyone knows there’s competition every day,” Hynes said. “Obviously, Parker White has a tremendous leg. He has the talent to be a phenomenal kicker. And, obviously, [Alex Woznick] was highly recruited, coming out of high school, so there definitely is a competition.
“Whatever it is, it’s more so the people are who I was impressed with, more than anything. That’s what pushed me to go to South Carolina.”
Originally from Clarkston, Mich., he grew up pulling for Michigan State, so there was a pretty good chance that he’d be rooting for South Carolina in the Outback Bowl against Michigan, even if he didn’t commit on Friday.
Hynes looks forward to joining Will Muschamp’s squad in about six months.
“He’s a good guy,” Hynes said. “Being from the North, you don’t hear much about the SEC and about these guys. … When I met him on Tuesday morning, it took me a second to take it all in and realize who it was and how special that opportunity it is to play for such a great coach like that who’s been everywhere and has these connections and has a very good coaching track.”
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