Previewing South Carolina’s O-line; grad transfer safety to visit Gamecocks

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In the trenches

As the South Carolina Gamecocks welcome back six offensive linemen who made starts last season, SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan takes a shot at projecting the unit’s depth chart .

Though the depth chart is filled with experience, not one of those returning players saw time at center.

South Carolina offensive line coach Eric Wolford faces a tall task in replacing starting center Alan Knott, who earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after the Gamecocks’ 34-27 win over Vanderbilt last October.

The Gamecocks’ rushing offense was No. 12 in the SEC last season, averaging 122.2 yards per game on the ground.

Stopping by

The South Carolina Gamecocks will host Rice graduate safety J.T. Ibe for an official visit in March.

“[Coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson] said they need some experience in the secondary,” Ibe told SEC Country last week .

The Mansfield, Texas, native started 26 games for the Owls, posting 121 tackles and 11 pass breakups in three seasons. Colorado, Kansas, Texas Tech and Ole Miss have also shown interest.

Save the date

Four-star defensive end and Class of 2019 prospect Savion Jackson will take an official visit to South Carolina in June .

South Carolina was the first to offer the 6-foot-2, 245-pound lineman. He now boasts offers from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and more.

The Clayton (N.C.) High School standout is rated as the No. 34 overall prospect for 2019, per the 247Sports composite.

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On the rise

The Gamecocks are among the latest to offer 4-star wide receiver Michael Wyman .

According to 247Sports, the 2020 prospect lists offers from Duke, Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss and more.

Wyman plans to visit the Gamecocks on March 10.

‘I like South Carolina’

Three-star shooting guard T.J. Moss may soon add South Carolina to his growing offer list , which includes Alabama, Memphis, Minnesota, Texas A&M and Oregon State.

“I like South Carolina,” Moss’ father, Terrence Sr., told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut . “We’re just waiting on [coach] Frank [Martin] to show up. I’ve been talking to [assistant coach] Chuck [Martin] and they want Frank to see him. They called his coach and had a really good conversation and said T.J. is a priority.”

The 247Sports composite ranks Moss as the No. 178 overall prospect for 2018.

On the diamond

With baseball season right around the corner, SEC Country’s posted its first preseason baseball power poll of 2018 , with the Gamecocks ranked No. 10 in the conference.

“At one point last year the Gamecocks were the No. 1 team in this power poll. Bad luck struck South Carolina like no team we have seen in years,” SEC Country’s Eric Bolin wrote. “Tons of underclassmen had to have more at-bats than they were ready for. It was the same with the pitching staff, which got tossed into the fire early, as well. Now, practically, they’re all back. If there’s a team to jump higher than this season-opening slot, it’s South Carolina.”

This season will be coach Mark Kingston’s first year at the helm. Kingston comes to Columbia having spent the last three seasons at South Florida, leading the Bulls to the NCAA Regionals twice. Before that, Kingston was the coach at Illinois State from 2010-14.

Feel-good flashback

Twitter user @GamecockSplash knows just how to celebrate the return of South Carolina baseball this weekend — by flashing back to the Gamecocks’ five consecutive home runs in a 15-6 win against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2006 NCAA Super Regionals.

The Gamecocks open the season at Founders Park on Friday afternoon with Game 1 of a three-game set against VMI.

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