One of South Carolina’s remaining targets visits; Will Muschamp earns praise after Gamecocks’ surprising season

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One of South Carolina’s remaining targets visits; Will Muschamp earns praise after Gamecocks’ surprising season

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Not done yet

The South Carolina Gamecocks are still looking for the final pieces of their 2018 signing class. Four-star defensive tackle Dennis Briggs is one of South Carolina’s top remaining targets.

The Gateway High School (Kissimmee, Fla.) standout was in Columbia, S.C., over the weekend for an official visit with the Gamecocks.

According to Briggs’ coach Marlin Roberts, South Carolina defensive line coach Lance Thompson has “been recruiting the hell out of” the 6-foot-4, 252-pound defensive lineman.

Briggs is rated as the No. 24 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018, per the 247Sports composite.

High marks

According to Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp did an outstanding job in 2017.

Fiutak ranked Muschamp No. 17 on his list of the top college football coaches last season, via John Whittle of The Big Spur.

“Where’s the talent? Where are the top-shelf, sure-thing NFL superstars? Muschamp’s style of coaching might walk a fine line, but it worked in the opener against N.C. State and in the bowl closer against Michigan. Somehow, he coaxed nine wins out of this group,” Fiutak wrote.

In his second year at South Carolina, Muschamp led the Gamecocks to a 9-4 record in 2017, the seventh 9-win campaign in program history.

Just visiting

Four-star 2019 athlete Jaylin Simpson checked out South Carolina this past weekend.

“It was nice. I’d been there before, for a camp, but I actually got to see all the inside stuff. It was nice to visit,” Simpson said of his junior day visit.

The No. 20 athlete for 2019 lists offers from Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and more.

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‘I’m super excited about it’

Four-star quarterback and Class of 2020 prospect Jack Miller was offered by new South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner last week.

“I’m super excited about it,” Miller told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut. “South Carolina is a place I feel like I would fit in and I’m super interested. I’m planning on coming down there this summer.”

Miller’s rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback for 2020 by 247Sports. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native already boasts offers from Florida State, Ohio State and Texas A&M, among others.

On the hardwood

Coach Frank Martin and South Carolina men’s basketball program has also been busy with recruiting as of late. Four-star center D.J. Burns was at Colonial Life Arena on Saturday to watch the Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Volunteers.

“He talks to my parents a lot,” Burns said of Martin. “I don’t talk to him a lot, but he’s still good. I talk to [assistant] coach [Perry] Clark a lot.”

The 247Sports composite ranks Burns as the No. 58 overall prospect for 2019.

Moving on

The Gamecocks can’t get too hung up on their 70-63 loss to the No. 21-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, they head to Gainesville, Fla., on Wednesday to take on the No. 21 Florida Gators.

“They’re consistent with this: If you turn the ball over or take bad shots, you can’t rebound it and it allows them to get out and run on you, and then they’ve got multiple shooters with a four-year point guard,” Martin said when previewing the Gators.

The Gamecocks are currently 12-7 overall and 3-4 in the SEC.

We see you

South Carolina football gave shout-outs to former Gamecocks Stephon Gilmore and Alshon Jeffery on Twitter on Monday.

Gilmore and Jeffery both played pivotal roles for their respective teams on Sunday.

Gilmore’s New England Patriots won their second straight AFC title with a 24-20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The sixth-year cornerback had a pivotal pass deflection to end the Jaguars’ comeback bid.

Jeffery and the Eagles are headed to their third Super Bowl after knocking off the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The former All-SEC wide receiver had 5 catches for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game.

The two ex-South Carolina stars will likely line up opposite one another in the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.

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