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Gamecock football recruiting update: Shameik Blackshear injures knee

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One of the Gamecocks' top commitments in the 2015 class could be out for an extended period of time.

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Shameik Blackshear suffers potentially serious knee injury

USC 2015 commitment DE Shamiek Blackshear of Bluffton injured his knee Friday night and will have an MRI on Tuesday. His coach, Ken Cribb, said the injury occurred without contact. "He didn’t get hit, it was where he stepped," Cribb said. "You can’t see it on film."

Blackshear is one of several high-profile defensive ends committed to South Carolina's 2015 class. Along with Marquavius Lewis, Dante Sawyer, Arden Key, and possibly also Dexter Wideman, the four-star prospect is expected to step in right away and provide an immediate boos to South Carolina's defensive line, which (ICYMI) looked pretty terrible on Thursday night.

2016 WR planning South Carolina visit

Four-star junior wide receiver Bryan Edwards of Conway (S.C.) High School plans to attend South Carolina's home game against Georgia on Sept. 13.

Though he does not have favorites, Edwards feels pretty strongly about the in state schools. "Clemson and USC are definitely up there," Edwards said. Clemson is telling me they like my size and that there is a place for me in their offense. It’s a nice place to be and they they throw the ball around a lot. I like that."

The Gamecocks also like Edwards’ size. "USC is telling me they like that I’m a bigger receiver," Edwards said. "They said that I could be a big threat in their offense and mentioned that they haven’t had a real big receiver in a while. They also said I could move to tight end if I keep growing. I like their stadium atmosphere and they play in the SEC, so that would give me a chance to go up against the best." Edwards added that he likes the wide receiver position but does not have any reservations about moving to tight end. "Whatever gets me the most playing time is where I want to be," he said.

The 6'3, 208-pound high school junior is the 34th-ranked wide receiver and the No. 202nd overall prospect in the 2016 class. South Carolina was his first offer back on December 12, 2012. Edwards unofficially visited the USC during the Gamecocks' 35-28 win over Kentucky in 2013.