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Crootin’ Notebook: A deeper look at DE commit Kingsley Enagbare; Joyner makes waves on social media

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The latest Gamecocks football recruiting scoop, including a look at South Carolina’s latest commit.

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When Hapeville Charter (Atlanta) prospect Kingsley Enagbare announced Wednesday evening that he was committing to the South Carolina Gamecocks, Will Muschamp landed his first defensive end in the 2018 class.

Since then the 6-foot-4, 257 pound senior has drawn some notable comparisons, including one to 2017 first-round NFL Draft pick Jonathan Allen.

Hapeville head coach Winston Gordon told DawgNation earlier this summer that Enagbare is, “That Jonathan Allen-type that everybody is looking for in the 3-4 defense. He can compete at defensive end and the ‘3’ technique (defensive tackle) in the 4-3. There’s no doubt he can be a ‘3’ at the next level.”

Enagbare confirmed the South Carolina coaching staff views him in a similar light, telling SEC Country, “They said I could be a strongside defensive end for the pass rush and sometimes they would put me at the ‘3’ technique.”

The biggest takeaway here is that, while Enagbare can certainly get to the quarterback, he is not a pure pass rusher. He will be moved around on the line situationally and also be counted on in run containment.

Whether he ends up playing predominantly on the inside or edge will largely be determined by how much weight he puts on. The closer he gets to the 300 mark, the more time he will see at tackle, but he has a while to go until that happens.


Updated 247 class ranking

Following their string of recent commits, the Gamecocks have jumped nine spots to the No. 22 class in the nation, per 247Sports Composite. Just for a bit of context, Muschamp finished with the No. 21 ranked 2017 class.

Dakereon Joyner upsets Twitter, issues apology

After Dakereon Joyner Snapchatted Wednesday morning that he would never lose to Clemson, the 2018 quarterback commit received a lot of unexpected backlash on social media.

The Clemson hate is expected but even South Carolina fans seemed to be bothered by the post. It progressed to the point where Joyner felt prompted to issue a public apology on Thursday afternoon:

Kudos to Joyner for the mature response, but it’s disappointing that a competitive (teenage) athlete being confident and excited for his future incites such a negative response. Let’s all take a moment to remember that sports, and being fans of them, are meant to be fun and enjoyable experiences.