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The Feed Pail: Gamecocks add big pledges to 2018, 2019 recruiting classes

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It’s been a weekend full of #SpursUp.

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the feed pail, where we take a look around the internet for some choice South Carolina Gamecocks tidbits and share them back here with you. On the menu this afternoon: Spurs way, way up.


Four-star in-state receiver commits to South Carolina — Ben Breiner, The State

South Carolina got a nice boost to its 2019 class when four-star receiver Jamario Holley, a Northwestern standout and top-300 player, committed to the Gamecocks. Holley is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the state and No. 44 at his position nationally by 247Sports. While South Carolina has traditionally recruited well in the Rock Hill area, when was the last time it picked up a recruit from Northwestern? Really nice development all around for the Gamecocks.

4-star T Dylan Wonnum commits — Hale McGranahan, SEC Country

The Gamecocks got another boost as this Under Armour All-American offensive lineman chose them over LSU, Auburn, and Tennessee to become their first 2018 commitment since the early signing period. The younger brother of South Carolina one-man wrecking crew D.J. Wonnum, Dylan is rated the No. 13 offensive tackle nationally.

At Super Bowl, former Gamecocks Alshon Jeffery, Stephon Gilmore not on speaking terms — Joseph Person, Charlotte Observer

The Big Game is finally here, so here’s a good read on a couple former Gamecock greats and teammates. The story also includes plenty of tidbits from Stephen Garcia, including this great one about #FatAlshon, which has apparently dogged him from the very beginning:

“We get out there and (Jeffery) takes his shirt off and we just start dying laughing,” Garcia said this week. “We’re like, there’s no way this guy is a five-star recruit.”

Commentary: Amid turbulent week, AD Sterk’s stances serve Mizzou well — Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star

In case you’re not tired of hearing about the controversy from the women’s basketball game against Missouri, here’s an...inspired take on the Tigers’ involvement.

As for whatever was happening in the stands, Sterk should have chosen his words more carefully about Staley herself, making it clear he wasn’t saying she maliciously incited fans.

The fairly obvious presumed point needed to be clear: As one of the most prominent coaches in the nation, Staley has a responsibility not just for her own team but to the game itself — and that her words can carry great sway in how their fans might respond.

But if you don’t think it was appropriate for Sterk to speak out at all, a broader point of the need can be found in South Carolina’s reaction to the accusations of slurs and spit by South Carolina fans.

Nothing to see here.

Well, okay. Sterk still hasn’t apologized or offered any clarity on his remarks, claiming instead that he’s moved on. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said he’d be meeting in person with both Sterk and Tanner soon, so the issue hasn’t quite been tabled yet. We’ll see.