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Beamer adds Justin Stepp to staff

The Arkansas assistant is coming home.

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New South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer continues to complete his staff, making Justin Stepp his latest hire at wide receivers coach — and plucking him from a fellow SEC school.

Stepp, who was previously coaching Arkansas’ wideouts, is a Columbia native who coached Fort Mill High School’s receivers before joining the college ranks at Division II North Greenville. After a three-year stint with Clemson as a graduate assistant, he made stops at Appalachian State and SMU before tagging along with Chad Morris to Arkansas in 2018. He was the lone holdover on the Razorbacks’ staff from that regime.

Gamecock fans and observers have reacted with virtually unanimous approval over this hire. With Stepp’s deep South Carolina ties, youth, and success on the recruiting trail (247 says he’s been the primary recruiter for five four-star targets), he certainly fits the bill as an exciting addition to the staff.

With the offensive staff now complete, Beamer just needs to fill the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning positions. Former Vanderbilt head man Derek Mason and current North Carolina defensive coordinator Jay Bateman are names that have surfaced most often in connection with the DC post, while the search for the strength coach has been a little quieter.