According to Will Muschamp, Deebo Samuel’s decision to return in 2018 wasn’t a state secret, but he wanted to “let the young man make the announcement” himself.
When Muschamp broke the news Sunday night of Samuel’s season-ending foot injury which occured while rehabbing a fractured fibula, immediate uncertainty flowed through the Gamecocks’ fan base.
That uncertainty lasted less than an hour, before Samuel posted the following on his personal Twitter account:
— UnoCaptain‼️❌ (@Uno_Captain) November 6, 2017
Will Muschamp responded to the news for the first time Tuesday, saying, “It says a lot about our program to have guys like Bryson Allen-Williams and Deebo Samuel, guys that are excited about coming back to South Carolina. They see what we’re building, they see what’s happening, they see the support we have, and they want to be Gamecocks.”
Jake Bentley echoed that sentiment in front of reporters Tuesday, saying that he told Deebo he wanted him back:
Samuel is following in the footsteps of Skai Moore, who after a brief flirtation with the NFL decided he was coming back to the Gamecocks for his senior season.
Moore said he wasn’t necessarily in Samuel’s ear, but couldn’t deny that his decision this past Spring might have swayed Samuel to stay:
Samuel’s Gamecock bretheren face Florida Saturday at noon on CBS.