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South Carolina football recruiting: Spurs Up Cookout odds and ends - including a Dakereon Joyner update - and more

The latest from a busy day in Columbia - and elsewhere.

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—Some big-time progress was made in the recruitment of Dakereon Joyner, one of the crown jewels of the 2018 recruiting class. In fact, Clemson’s desire to play him as a defensive player instead of a QB - which he prefers - may hurt the Tigers’s chances in the long run, according to an interview he had with The Big Spur’s JC Shurburtt.

South Carolina's momentum with the four-star prospect began when Muschamp and staff took over. The Gamecocks re-offered him as a quarterback and have been recruiting him hard ever since...

Clemson, which was the early favorite, has offered Joyner as an athlete/safety.

"I don't feel good at all about it," Joyner said. "My mindset was to go to their camp and get the offer as a quarterback, but we played and I showed them my athletic ability."

A lot could change between now and next June, Joyner’s planned commitment date, but I’d have to echo Shurburtt’s opinion that the Gamecocks are the favorite. Simply put, the Tigers made a mistake handling Joyner by planning to play him at a position he didn’t prefer playing at in college.

Xavier Thomas was at work and couldn’t make it for a visit yesterday. He ultimately wasn’t able to come out to the cookout, either. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for the Gamecocks - just a “life happens” kind of situation.

—One unexpected player that did make the trip to Columbia was Isaac Hampton. Hampton, who is a Miami (Ohio) teammate, made the trip up with his Mallard Creek teammate, Eric Douglas. Could Douglas be in the process of working on Hampton and convincing him to flip to South Carolina? Hampton does not have a Gamecocks offer as of yet, but it might change his standing with the Redhawks if he does get one.

—Still a long way to go, but the Gamecocks hope they made a good impression on 2019 WR Jacoby Pinckney. Pinckney, who holds Virginia Tech as his only other offer right now (but a player that is sure to blow up before it’s all said and done) tweeted that he enjoyed the cookout today.

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—Gamecocks target Mykelle McDaniel was connected to South Carolina for a while and was only waiting on test scores before he could enroll. However, the DE from the Atlanta area ultimately decided to sign with Tennessee instead. It’s a bit of a surprise - especially since he had been connected to the Gamecocks as recently as the 7th - but an official visit to Tennessee yesterday was enough to change his mind.

—Could Gamecocks pledge Devonte Wyatt be a threat to flip to Georgia? Wyatt says that he is still in South Carolina camp, but also noted to the AJC’s Jeff Sentell that Carolina and Georgia are “tied”, calling his recent Dawgs offer a “dream offer”.

“Can I say they are tied?” Wyatt said. “They are tied.”

He said he’s still committed to South Carolina. They only way he felt he might de-commit is if he got a lot more big-time offers. A bevy of offers would force him to step back and re-think his college decision.

That said, Wyatt stated he would eventually choose between Georgia and South Carolina.


More to come...