South Carolina’s top plays of 2017; plus, Gamecocks coaches visit top commits and recruiting targets

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Best of 2017

With an impressive 8-4 record, the South Carolina Gamecocks had plenty of highlights from their surprising season.

SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan reviewed the tape and picked the most memorable moments from the 2017 season, starting with wide receiver Deebo Samuel’s outstanding play against North Carolina State in Week 1.

“Deebo Samuel fielded the season-opening kickoff at the 3-yard line. Two cuts and 97 yards later, South Carolina had its first points of the season,” McGranahan wrote. “It took Samuel 13 seconds to race up the Gamecocks’ sideline in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.”

In coach Will Muschamp’s second season at the helm, the Gamecocks have a chance to win nine games for just the seventh time in school history.

Just visiting

South Carolina co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper visited with 4-star quarterback commit Dakereon Joyner on Tuesday.

The North Charleston, S.C., native is rated as the No. 222 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.

Injury update

Speaking of Joyner, the Fort Dorchester High School standout is still dealing with an AC sprain in his left shoulder that was sustained in a 24-14 loss to Dutch Fork in the state semifinals last Friday. Fortunately, it sounds like Joyner is recovering just fine.

“Taking care of it,” he told SEC Country. “It’ll be healed in two weeks, at most.”

The 6-foot-2 signal caller is hoping to play in the Shrine Bowl next Saturday.

Joyner is planning to enroll at South Carolina in January.

Flip target

Class of 2019 4-star defensive tackle and Georgia commit Rashad Cheney Jr. was among those prospects at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Clemson game this past weekend.

Despite being committed to the Bulldogs, the Ellenwood, Ga., native had another great trip to Columbia.

“It was great for me. Every time I go there, I get the same love and everything,” Cheney said. “The more and more I go up there, the better it gets. The atmosphere of the game, it was great. They played their in-state rival, so it was packed and loud. I really liked it.”

Cheney is ranked as the No. 11 defensive tackle for 2019, according to 247Sports.

‘I’m still talking to South Carolina’

Three-star safety and Florida State commit Israel Mukuamu is keeping up with the South Carolina staff and will meet with Gamecocks defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson next week.

“I’m still talking to South Carolina and I told them to just wait on it,” the 2018 safety told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut earlier this week. “If there’s a coaching change at Florida State, I’ll probably flip to Georgia or USC, most likely one of the two.”

The 6-5 safety committed to the Seminoles in July over offers from South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma State and others.

Into the Crystal Ball

There are a lot of South Carolina picks in the 247Sports Crystal Ball forecasts for 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn.

Horn visited South Carolina for the Clemson game on Saturday night. South Carolina coaches will have an in-home visit with the one-time Tennessee commit on Wednesday, according to Michael Clark of 247Sports.

The cornerback is rated as the No. 217 overall prospect for 2018 in the 247Sports composite.

Final Four perspective

With South Carolina’s women’s soccer team heading to the Women’s College Cup, the women’s soccer equivalent of the Final Four, Rivals’ Scott Hood, formerly of Gamecock Central, provided a interesting observation:

South Carolina plays Stanford in the semifinals of College Cup on Friday in Orlando, Fla.

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