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  05/12/21 - MarShawn LloydrFr/2025, South Carolina, 5-09, 210 (DS#10 RB) + More +

  The story was already written. MarShawn Lloyd was going to show up and live up to every shred of the grand expectations placed on him as South Carolina's highest-rated running back signee since Marcus Lattimore. He would lead the Gamecocks back from a forgettable 4-8 season in 2019 and make 2020 the start of USC's climb back to respectability. The story wound up being the five-millimeter strand of tissue, no bigger than the eraser on a pencil, threaded through Lloyd's knee and helping connect the bones of his left leg.

On the second day of preseason camp, less than a month before Lloyd would be unveiled to the world and would prove to all that the hype wasn't just that, Lloyd planted his cleat in the ground in a non-contact drill and felt something give. His left ACL was torn. Lloyd's season was over before it began. Nine months later, Lloyd is about to start the most important phase of his recovery. He was held out of spring practice because he wasn't completely ready, but the next month will light the beacon on what was taken from him last year. "I should be good around June. I'm going to go full-go pretty much in June, with workouts, conditioning, everything, cutting," Lloyd said. "Then by camp, I'll be ready to go." - The Post and Courier


(DS#10 RB) rFr/2025 RB MarShawn LloydSouth Carolina
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  05/08/21 - Tyrese RossrJr/2023, South Carolina, 6-2, 181 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  Tyrese Ross has seen the clip ad nauseum. Asked by a reporter about a play in a 2019 game between Washington State and Houston, Ross' memory refers back toward that day in Pullman, Washington. Then in his freshman year at Washington State, Ross soared down the field on a kickoff, squared his shoulders and crunched Cougars kick returner Bryson Smith, giving off a sound closer to a car wreck than plastic pads crunching together. "You can definitely say aggressiveness," Ross said of how he would characterize his strengths. "But my game is more versatility - being able to be a vocal leader, play multiple positions and make sure our defense is on the same unit."

Monday, Ross announced his decision to transfer from Washington State to South Carolina via Twitter. A hard-hitting safety by nature, he'll bring a bruising but tempered presence to a Gamecock secondary in desperate need of playmakers. Rated the No. 1,187 player and the No. 95 safety in the 2018 class, Ross held a slew of Group of Five offers along with opportunities at UCLA, Mississippi State, Kansas, Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. After initially committing to Mississippi State, he backed off that pledge. - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#999 SS) rJr/2023 SS Tyrese RossSouth Carolina
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  There are concerns, and rightly so, about South Carolina's offense in 2021. A new quarterback, a fleet of anonymous wide receivers and the knowledge that the Gamecocks can't run the ball on every down doesn't inspire great expectations. The offense can't ask the defense to score for it. The defense, led by a deep and nasty line, can ask the offense to score just 21 points a game. They'll take care of the rest. "The aggression isn't coming from the blitzing, it's moreso the mentality. The way we attack everything," said J.J. Enagbare, who led the Gamecocks with six sacks last season. "This new defense is basically letting the D-line rush and get more opportunities and get more sacks and production from all of us. We know what we need to do to do what we want to do."

Shane Beamer didn't inherit a roster full of star athletes but his defensive line room is one that didn't need a lot of help. Enagbare returns along with Aaron Sterling, Jordan Burch, Zacch Pickens, Tonka Hemingway, Rick Sandidge and Jabari Ellis. USC added Georgia State pass-rusher extraordinaire Jordan Strachan and Sumter native Keem Green, last seen making a handful of tackles for Nebraska. With new line coach Jimmy Lindsey and new defensive coordinator Clayton White, the line knows it's expected to be the strength of this year's defense, if not the entire team. - The Post and Courier


(DS#2 DE) Sr/2022 DE Kingsley EnagbareSouth Carolina
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  05/02/21 - *Jaycee HornJr/2021, South Carolina, 6-1, 205 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  Jaycee Horn remains No. 1. South Carolina's junior cornerback was the first defensive player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft on April 29, the Carolina Panthers believing Horn's pre-draft assertion that he is the best corner among this year's selection. Horn, who wore jersey No. 1 during two of his three seasons as a Gamecock, was the eighth overall pick. He is the 15th USC player taken in the first round, the third in four years, the fifth USC defensive back to be a first-rounder and the 19th USC DB to be drafted since the Gamecocks joined the SEC in 1992. Exact contract terms haven't been finalized, but last year's eighth pick, Arizona Cardinals linebacker (and former Clemson standout) Isaiah Simmons, received a four-year, $20.66 million deal, including a signing bonus of $12.58 million.

As the eighth selection, Horn is the third-highest Gamecock ever drafted. USC has had two No. 1s (George Rogers and Jadeveon Clowney) and two No. 7s (Sterling Sharpe and Troy Williamson). The son of former NFL receiver Joe Horn, Jaycee Horn had a meteoric rise up draft boards midway through his third and final season at USC. A shutdown corner who had dabbled at nickel and safety the previous two years due to injuries to the Gamecocks' other DBs, Horn was named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week following a 30-22 upset of No. 15 Auburn. - The Post and Courier


(DS#2 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Jaycee HornSouth Carolina
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  Coming into a program where he had to heavily play the transfer portal and take a lot of flyers, new head coach Shane Beamer had "pass rush" high on the list of topics he needed to address. He feels he found it, both in a sack-producer (Jordan Strachan) and a linebacker (Debo Williams) to clean up the rest. "Both of them got good talent, they got some talent with them," defensive end Aaron Sterling said. "It's going to help us out tremendously. They're going to be a good impact for us." Strachan, pronounced "Strahn," transferred from Georgia State, where he tied for the FBS lead in 2020 with 10½ sacks. He also had 14 tackles for loss, all after wrecking a knee in the first game of the 2019 season. "Last year, doing what I did, I entered the portal and a lot of schools came after me. I wanted to challenge myself, me and my family wanted a challenge, to see what I could do at this stage and this level of football," Strachan said. "I felt like I did everything I was going to do at the level I was and the school I was at, and I wanted to play big-time football not too far from home." - The Post and Courier

(DS#35 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB Jordan StrachanSouth Carolina
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  Call them what you want: Bucks, Edges, pass rushers. All Kingsley Enagbare knows is this - his position group for South Carolina football has some dogs. For a defensive unit undergoing major changes at linebacker and defensive back, the Gamecocks return a lot of talent along the defensive line. And on the ends in particular, they have a plethora of playmakers. Enagbare, who finished last year tops on the team and tied for fifth in the SEC in sacks, is back for his senior season. Fifth-year senior Aaron Sterling returns after struggling with injury last season, looking to regain the form that made him the team's co-sack leader in 2019 with Javon Kinlaw. And behind them are the Jordans - sophomore and former five-star recruit Jordan Burch is hoping to build off a freshman season in which he flashed major potential, and transfer Jordan Strachan is coming in from Georgia State, where he was nation's co-leader in sacks last season.

"We definitely see ourselves as the strength of this team...We have several dogs in our room," Enagbare said. "And, yeah, we definitely came to break records and do all that and just shock the world and show what we're about." Enagbare and Sterling have combined for 20 career sacks at South Carolina, while Strachan had 10.5 in last season alone. Burch has yet to get his first collegiate sack, but with his enormous ability, it's only a matter of time. So will there be a little friendly competition in the edge room to see who can take down the QB the most this spring or fall? "I'm always inviting competition, but it's really not competition," Enagbare said. "We're all just going at it, trying to make plays and produce...I'm expecting a lot of production from all of us." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#2 DE) Sr/2022 DE Kingsley EnagbareSouth Carolina
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  04/09/21 - OrTre SmithrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 222 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  What if he could get back to the form he had as a freshman, when he started 10 games, caught 30 passes and scored three touchdowns? What if he and his 6-4, 227-pound frame could supply the Gamecocks with a sorely needed receiver, since they're really starting over at quarterback and their most dependable returning pass-catcher is a tight end? "I feel like OrTre stepped to the plate as we know he could," said cornerback Cam Smith, who often draws the assignment of covering Smith in practice. "He's making great strides to be the No. 1 receiver here." OrTre Smith has certainly looked good thus far, no extra wraps or braces on his knee and a hulking presence in the receiver group. A strong work ethic and unshakeable belief in himself wouldn't let him leave this opportunity on the table. "I've been having flashes in my head of what I can really do if I'm 100 percent healthy. I know what I can do. You guys haven't seen it," Smith declared. "I had a little flash my freshman year. Me personally, I know I could be the best to ever do it if I stay healthy and get in shape." There's that phrase again. "If I stay healthy." The knee limited him to two games in 2018 and while he played in nine games the next year, he wasn't the same. Then he was gone for 2020, meaning Smith hasn't actually played since Nov. 30, 2019. - The Post and Courier

(DS#999 WR) rSr/2022 WR OrTre SmithSouth Carolina
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  04/08/21 - Luke DotySo/2024, South Carolina, 6-1, 210 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  Doty, the former Myrtle Beach High star, took the first snap in the first spring practice because he was the only one who had done it before. Beamer said not to draw any conclusions from that. Yet after the first four spring practices, Doty still was No. 1. And from what offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Satterfield said, that seems to be the norm now and going forward. Not that Satterfield wasn't complimentary of Gauthier, Brown and Jordan. He was. But Gauthier's a freshman, Jordan's a valuable guy but it's all been behind the scenes and Brown, while athletic and talented, is transitioning from a spread offense to a pro-style offense. Again, it's only been a week of spring ball but it seems to be Doty's job to lose.

"I knew he was an above-the-line passer, but I didn't know how natural he was. I'm really excited to continue to work on his fundamentals and creating the best him we could possibly do," Satterfield said. "But I'm really excited about how he's throwing the ball right now. Obviously, he's athletic and can run and make the plays with his legs, but it's really good to put him in situations where he's got to use his arm." Doty "debuted" last year as a wide receiver who would sometimes run routes and sometimes get behind center for a running play. He wound up rushing 41 times for a net 91 yards (149 without sack yardage subtracted). - The Post and Courier


(DS#19 QB) So/2024 QB Luke DotySouth Carolina
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  04/08/21 - EJ JenkinsSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-7, 235 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  At 6-foot-7, E.J. Jenkins is known for causing trouble for opposing defenses in high school and in college. South Carolina coach Shane Beamer and his staff hope that continues in Jenkins' first season with the Gamecocks. The St. Francis University (Pennsylvania) senior transfer has made a big impression on the coaches and teammates during the offseason and the first two weeks of spring practice. "That boy E.J. is a big body right there," Gamecocks receiver Jalen Brooks said Thursday. "He is a hard worker. Ever since he has come to campus, he has been coming running extra routes. And even when we were doing things with no football, he has been trying to learn the plays. "He brings a taller aspect to the offense and is a well all-around player."

Jenkins has been showing off his versatility so far, getting reps at both receiver and tight end. He said playing tight end is a new experience, and learning things such as blocking schemes has been a challenge. Jenkins has gotten some help from USC veterans such as Nick Muse, the team's starting tight end last season, about playing the position. He is confident he can contribute at either spot. "Playing tight end or receiver, it's a matchup nightmare," Jenkins said. "I'm learning both positions...It's really been coming along well and I'm just being a student of the game and can't wait to learn more. "The way the offense is looking, playmakers are going to get the ball. Even when there is nothing there, we can make a gain out of it. Us being versatile is going to be really big this season." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR EJ JenkinsSouth Carolina
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  03/27/21 - Nick MuserSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-3, 250 (DS#10 TE) + More +

  Nick Muse has aspirations of joining his brother Tanner and playing in the NFL. But those dreams could wait a year, as the Gamecock tight end decided to come back for his "super senior" season at South Carolina - the NCAA granted all players an extra year of eligibility because of COVID-19, and so Muse had the option to return. Muse talked about that decision publicly for the first time Friday as USC offensive players met with the media. "I don't think I had the year that I wished to have last year," Muse said. "I started practicing seven months out of rehab when it is usually a nine or twelve months thing. I was limpy...I just wasn't myself." Muse, who transferred to USC from William & Mary back in 2019, was the team's second-leading receiver this past season with 30 catches for 425 yards and a touchdown. But he said he never got back to where he wanted to be after tearing his ACL late in the 2019 campaign. He wore a brace throughout the 2020 season and also wasn't used much on special teams, where he excels. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#10 TE) rSr/2022 TE Nick MuseSouth Carolina
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  03/26/21 - *Jaycee HornJr/2021, South Carolina, 6-1, 205 (DS#2 CB) + More +

  South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn believes he's the best defender in the NFL draft. He showed the pros he's one of the fast with a sizzling performance at the school's pro day Wednesday. Horn, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back from Alpharetta, Georgia, is projected as a first-rounder and ran a time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. "I feel I'm the best defensive player in the draft," Horn said Tuesday. Horn showcase his speed for 61 NFL personnel including head coaches Matt Rhule of Carolina and Mike Vrabel of Tennessee. He's expected to be among the first cornerbacks chosen and did little to change that image as he worked out Wednesday. Horn, the son of former New Orleans and Atlanta receiver Joe Horn, said he's been matched against some of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference and came out on top. "I'm versatile, have the size, (have) the speed and athleticism," the younger Horn said. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#2 CB) Jr/2021 CB *Jaycee HornSouth Carolina
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  03/25/21 - R.J. RoderickSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-0, 205 (DS#46 SS) + More +

  R.J. Roderick couldn't stop worrying about the future. He worried about his falling grades, about COVID-19 and the nagging hip pointer injury that made it painful for him to play. Then South Carolina fired football coach Will Muschamp - the coach who had recruited him - and Roderick decided to step away from the game altogether. The Gamecock safety from Summerville opted out last November, midway through his junior season, and turned his attention toward himself. The NCAA and schools allowed such a move during the pandemic while preserving his scholarship and eligibility. Months later, Roderick is back in garnet and black, rejoining the team for spring practice under a new coaching regime. On Monday, Roderick spoke to reporters for the first time since he opted out, explaining what it was like to spend those months away from football.

"It was hard, just dealing with it, just still watching my boys play, watching football period," Roderick said. "But I just spent that time committing myself to working harder, bringing my grades up, making sure that I stay eligible, making sure that my grades are good, to make my mom proud. So I just focused on making myself better in different areas, as well, just to kind of take my head off of it. "I mean, it's depressing just to not be able to play football. So I'm appreciative that I'm here and that spring has started and just loving everything." - Rock Hill Herald


(DS#46 SS) Sr/2022 SS R.J. RoderickSouth Carolina
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  South Carolina is adding another graduate transfer to its football roster. Defensive back Carlins Platel of Division II Assumption College in Massachusetts committed to the Gamecocks on Wednesday. Platel, who graduates in May, has been in the transfer portal since October. Coastal Carolina and Austin Peay also had offered Platel, and Mississippi State showed interest. The Gamecocks reached out to Platel over the past week. USC has one scholarship left for Class of 2021, though it's possible Platel could count toward 2022's numbers. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder appeared in 33 games over three seasons for Assumption and had 96 tackles and picked off seven passes. He was a first-team all Northeast Conference selection in 2019. Assumption didn't play football in 2020 because of COVID-19. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Carlins PlatelSouth Carolina
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  01/31/21 - Shi SmithrSr/2021, South Carolina, 5-10, 186 (DS#31 WR) + More +

  Shi Smith made a positive impression this week in his quest to become a professional football player. The former South Carolina Gamecocks standout had three catches for 57 yards Saturday in the annual Reese's Senior Bowl held in Mobile, Alabama. He was a favorite target for American team teammate and Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond, whose 32-yard connection with Smith was the game's longest play from scrimmage. Smith stood out at times during this week's all-star game practices and, by most accounts, helped his standing for the NFL Draft that begins April 29. - Rock Hill Herald

(DS#31 WR) rSr/2021 WR Shi SmithSouth Carolina
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  01/27/21 - Jason BrownrSr/2022, South Carolina, 6-2, 230 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  South Carolina added two players to its football roster for the spring on Tuesday. Quarterback Jason Brown (6-4, 230) and wide receiver EJ Jenkins (6-8, 230), teammates at Saint Francis College in Pennsylvania, were told Tuesday they were approved for admission at USC and immediately committed to the Gamecocks. They will arrive on campus March 1. The two are from Fredericksburg, Va., and decided to transfer after Saint Francis canceled its spring season. Their goal was to continue playing together, and the Gamecocks offered them that opportunity. In 2019, Brown set a school record with 3,084 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. He completed 62 percent of his attempts. He believes the new offense Marcus Satterfield plans to install at USC will fit him well. - The Post and Courier

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jason BrownSouth Carolina
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