August 5, 2015

Gamecocks speak up on defense after first practice (AUDIO)

Dante Sawyer

Dante Sawyer

After a miserable performance last season, the USC defense is out to redeem itself in 2015.  New co-cordinator Jon Hoke seems to have brought fresh ideas to the defense, and the players say they’ve taken to him and his concepts quickly.

The Gamecocks also will be aided by the arrival of several new defenders from the junior college and prep school ranks, and a fifth year transfer.  On paper, it adds up to a much improved defense, and after the first practice the tone was one of confidence.

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#STRecruiting: Clemson’s long relationship with Jordan Bruner could pay off

Jordan Bruner

Jordan Bruner

6-9 Jordan Bruner of Spring Valley named his top five last week. Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Temple and Yale will get  his official visits.  One thing working in the Tigers’ favor is their extended recruiting efforts with Bruner.  They’ve been on him the longest according to his coach Perry Dozier.

“They’ve liked him for a good while and he loves the staff up there,” Dozier said.  “Coach Steve Smith has been the main one recruiting him. They like him and have been following him for a long time.”

Bruner has visited Clemson in the past and Dozier said he has good feel for the program and the school.

“Coach Brownell seems to be really comfortable with him and will play him in the right position,”   said Dozier.  “He’s excited about the staff and he loves the position of being able to play in the ACC, and there’s comfort because it’s still close to home.  The exposure being on TV is really big as well.  And academics are big as well.   He carries a 4.84 GPA.”

Bruner suffered a torn MCL in a pre-season scrimmage last year and only played a few minutes in the final two playoff games.


#STRecruiting: USC signee DB Toure Boyd hopes to hear from admissions Wednesday

Toure Boyd

Toure Boyd

The wait for admission to USC for DB Toure Boyd of Chaffey JC, CA could end Wednesday.  And Boyd said when he gets the word he’s in, he will immediately hop a plane and get to Columbia.  Tuesday Boyd overnighted to USC admissions his official transcript.  If all goes as planned, he’ll get a call Wednesday, or Thursday at the latest,  with the news he’s been accepted.

“I had a plane ticket ready to go for yesterday and then we found out my official (transcript) that I first sent in didn’t have the degree on it, so I had to make sure Chaffey posted my degree,” Boyd explained.  “I had to go thru this process of getting my degree posted, that’s why it’s been taking a minute.  They posted my degree today (Tuesday).  So I got my official transcripts and my degree and I sent it thru UPS Next Day Air so it’s going to be there by tomorrow.  And then tomorrow they’re going to try to get it into admissions and whenever admissions processes that I’m going to be in.”

Boyd said he’s been told by his contact at USC that his grades look good enough for admission and with his associates degree he has enough hours to meet the transfer requirement.


Tuesday night USC offered 2017 OL Adrian Ealy (6-5 260) of Baton Rouge.  He is the teammate of Gamecock commitment WR Tre Jackson.  Some of Ealy’s other offers include LSU, Florida State, Mississippi State, Florida and Tennessee.

NASCAR visits the Governor’s Mansion for Darlington Media Day (AUDIO)

The Wood Brothers' #21 Ryan Blaney will drive at Darlington

The Wood Brothers’ #21 Ryan Blaney will drive at Darlington

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is a month away and the buildup to the 66th annual race continued Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion with media day featuring governor Nikki Haley and drivers Kevin Harvick and Ryan Blaney. Also present were the cars Harvick and Blaney will drive on Labor Day night decked out their retro-paint schemes.

Haley and track president Chip Wile also were joined by Bojangles’ CEO Clifton Rutledge as they announced a new five years sponsorship deal for the race.  All in all, it was a good day in South Carolina for Darlington and NASCAR.  [Read more…]

#STRecruiting: Coach says it doesn’t look good for Covington to USC & more notes

Devante Covington

Devante Covington

It appears USC will go one for two with their two junior college signees waiting for admission to school.  DB Toure Boyd of Chaffey JC, CA appears to be in good shape to be admitted soon to the university a source indicated Monday. But DE Devante Covington of Georgia Military JC now appears likely not to make it in according to his coach Monday night.

“Unless a miracle happens, he’s not going to get one of his classes this summer,” GMA coach Bert Williams said. “Grades aren’t due until tomorrow (Tuesday).  I’ve got to get a final word from the staff there at Carolina and see what they would like to do and we’ll advise him from there.”

Williams said his offensive lineman who committed to USC last month, Akeem Cooperwood, has his weight down to between 335-340 pounds. He won’t graduate until next spring.   And his defensive end who has been committed to the Gamecocks, Kalan Ritchie, is looking good with his grades to be a mid-year graduate. Williams said both sides remain committed to each other.

Clemson still has one 2015 signee waiting in the wings academically.  DE LaSamuel Davis of Bamberg-Ehrhardt is finishing up an on-line class he needs to be considered by Clemson admissions for enrollment.

Other Monday news….

DE Kyree Campbell of Woodbridge, VA committed to North Carolina over USC, Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee.

Ashley Ridge QB Steven Duncan committed to Western Kentucky Monday.

Clemson is in the top three with DB Trayvon Mullen of Pompano Beach, FL  along with Florida State and LSU.

Basketball News:

Per his coach, USC signee Eric Cobb has received Clearinghouse approval and is just waiting on USC admissions. Coach Nick Myles is not expecting any problems with that and he’s expecting Cobb to report Wednesday.

6-9 Jordan Bruner of Spring Valley has a final five of Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia, Temple and Yale and will set up official visits with those schools.

2017 guard Devontae Shuler of Irmo was offered recently by Florida according to GTuckerHoops.  Shuler also has USC and Clemson offers among others.

Baseball News:

2017 LHP Tyler Mettetal of South Elgin, IL committed to USC Monday.