South Carolina’s 2019 QB targets; Gamecocks seniors to watch in 2018

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Looking forward

The South Carolina Gamecocks have their eye on a number of quarterbacks in the 2019 recruiting cycle, including 3-star signal callers Ryan Hilinski and Garrett Shrader.

“Among the offered prospects, Shrader could be most likely to end up with South Carolina, but Mississippi State is certainly in the mix, too. But Hilinski is set to get his first look at the school this weekend,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan writes.

South Carolina has offered six 2019 quarterbacks thus far, with 4-star prospect Taisun Phommachanh being the highest rated of the bunch, tabbed No. 107 overall in the 247Sports composite.

Eyes open

As South Carolina prepares for spring football, who are the Gamecocks upperclassmen that fans should track? The Big Spur’s John Del Bianco picks five seniors to watch, including cornerback Keisean Nixon.

“Nixon didn’t play much on defense as a junior college transfer last season, but when he did, he found the football,” Del Bianco writes. “The California kid had a pick-six against Arkansas and another pick against Clemson.”

The junior college transfer finished 2017 with 8 total tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions, returning 1 for a touchdown.

‘A great coach’

Class of 2020 defensive end and South Carolina target Jacolbe Cowan was among those prospects in Columbia in January for the Gamecocks junior day.

“With coach [Will] Muschamp, he’s a real good coach, a great coach, actually … South Carolina’s real cool,” Cowan told The State’s Matt Connolly. “Lance Thompson, the defensive line coach, we have a great relationship. We talk all the time, not just about football, but about things outside the field, academics, family, things like that. He’s a really great coach.”

The Charlotte, N.C., native already has offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU and more.

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Weekend finale

After winning the first two games in the series by a combined score of 21-2, the South Carolina baseball team dropped the series finale 4-2 against Charleston Southern on Sunday.

The Gamecocks are 6-2 overall, with a game against Furman on Tuesday, then the annual three-game set against Clemson starting Friday.

Through eight games, junior infielder LT Tolbert leads the Gamecocks at the plate, batting .500, with 2 home runs, 1 triple, 9 runs scored and 8 RBI.

Still climbing

On the other diamond, the No. 24-ranked South Carolina softball team extended its winning streak to 12 games on Sunday with a 15-0 win over Lehigh.

The highlights were two Gamecocks grand slams, hit by senior Tiara Duffy and freshman Jana Johns.

South Carolina improved to 15-1. The Gamecocks return to Columbia on Wednesday to play Duke for the first time in program history.

Count me in

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is the latest to request an apology from Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk for his comments about South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley.

Staley filed a defamation lawsuit against Sterk last week for comments he made about her following an incident between the two programs during a game on Jan. 28.

Ending on a low note

With senior forward A’ja Wilson out with vertigo, the No. 7 South Carolina women’s basketball team fell to No. 15 Tennessee 65-46 in the team’s regular-season finale on Sunday afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season 23-6 and enter the SEC Tournament as the No. 2 seed. The tournament begins Wednesday in Nashville, Tenn.

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