Major South Carolina target reopens his recruitment; plus, what will Will Muschamp do with 10th assistant coach?

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Back on the market

A major South Carolina target from the Class of 2018 has reopened his recruitment.

Three-star safety Israel Mukuamu de-committed from Florida State on Wednesday night.

“The Gamecocks are among the prime contenders for Mukuamu, who was first offered by coach Will Muschamp before his junior year at Berkeley [S.C.] High School,” SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan wrote. “Now enrolled at Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., Mukuamu is expected to receive an in-home visit next week from defensive coordinator coach Travaris Robinson.”

Mukuamu will graduate from high school in December.

Will Muschamp has options

With the NCAA now allowing a 10th full-time assistant coach, Muschamp could go a number of different directions with the hire, including bringing in a dedicated quarterbacks coach.

“For the last two seasons, South Carolina co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has also coached quarterbacks,” McGranahan wrote. “Muschamp could opt to have his play caller focus solely on coordinating the offense and allow for the quarterbacks coach to just coach the position.”

The new position can officially be added as early as Jan. 9, 2018.

On the road

South Carolina coaches visited 2018 4-star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. and his teammate, 2019 4-star CB Jaden Davis, on Thursday.

Though he’s committed to Florida State, Samuel, like Mukuamu, could soon reopen his recruitment should FSU coach Jimbo Fisher move on from the program. The Seminoles have already lost several 2018 commits.

Samuel is rated as the No. 52 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

A family affair?

Four-star offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum is another talented prospect receiving a visit from South Carolina coaches this week. Specifically, offensive line coach Eric Wolford will drop by Tucker, Ga., for an in-home visit with the talented offensive lineman.

Wonnum is one of the Gamecocks’ top remaining targets in the 2018 cycle. The 6-foot-5 offensive tackle is the younger brother of standout South Carolina “Buck” D.J. Wonnum.

The younger Wonnum is ranked as the No. 115 prospect for 2018.

The next #SpursUp

With all this recruiting talk, who will be the Gamecocks’ next commit? McGranahan has his pick.

“Mukuamu will sign in December and enroll in January, so the clock’s ticking,” McGranahan said. “Right now, it favors South Carolina, no doubt about it. And Georgia has a shot to get in the mix, if the Dawgs make a push after the SEC Championship Game.”

McGranahan likes 3-star DE and Louisville commit Jarrett Jackson as another #SpursUp candidate.

Running with the backs

Muschamp and South Carolina running backs coach Bobby Bentley checked in with the team’s two running back commits for 2018, 3-star prospects Deshaun Fenwick and Lavonte Valentine.

Both players are Florida natives, ranked among the state’s top 100 prospects by 247Sports.

Return to ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’

South Carolina’s men’s basketball team had an unpleasant return to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night, falling to Temple, 76-60.

The loss dropped the Gamecocks to 5-2 on the season.

South Carolina’s last appearance at MSG was the 77-70 win against Florida in the Elite Eight last season to advance to the program’s first Final Four.

On the pitch

Tune in to ESPNU at 5 p.m. EST on Friday to watch the South Carolina women’s soccer team take on Stanford in the Women’s College Cup.

The winner will advance to the national championship to play either Duke or UCLA on Sunday, Dec. 3.

This is the Gamecocks’ first-ever appearance in the College Cup, the women’s soccer equivalent of the Final Four.

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