Making the cut
- 4-star 2017 offensive lineman TJ Moore of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, someone who has been considered a Gamecock lean for some time, released his top eight schools on Twitter Tuesday and South Carolina made the cut.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far, No specific order in list TOP 8 school's ‼️pic.twitter.com/gdNPPLQWiy— TJ (@TJ75_) June 14, 2016
Moore is high school teammates with 2017 Gamecock OL commit Eric Douglas, and that connection is one that seems to bode well for South Carolina. Many feel that Moore will eventually end up in Columbia, which would be another big addition to the 2017 class.
- The Gamecocks also made the cut for 2017 3-star cornerback Tavyn Jackson of Tallahassee, Florida when he released his top five schools on Twitter Tuesday.
Jackson currently holds offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Indiana and others. He performed well at Will Muschamp's camp the last couple of days and expects to be back in Columbia sometime in July. The Gamecocks should be a player with Jackson until the very end of his recruitment, which very well could come down to South Carolina and Auburn.
Gamecocks get back in the game with 5-star QB
One big-time prospect that it seem the Gamecocks have made some headway with is 2018 5-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner of Fort Dorchester High School. Joyner is one of the most coveted athletes in the 2018 class nationwide and was long considered a strong lean to Clemson before the staff change at South Carolina last fall. However, since that time, Will Muschamp and the new staff have gone out of their way to rebuild connections with Joyner.
Those efforts seem to be paying dividends. There is some traction of Joyner trending South Carolina's way in recent days, which is an astounding accomplishment when considering where the Gamecocks stood with him just six months ago. Joyner has made multiple visits to Columbia and seems very receptive to what the program has to offer. In addition, South Carolina has made it very clear to him that they view him as a quarterback at the next level and are recruiting him as such, which is something some schools have not yet agreed to with him.
Joyner sees himself as quarterback and wants to play quarterback at the next level, so these developments are just another big step in the right direction for the Gamecocks. While no commitment is imminent and there is still a long way to go in his recruitment, Joyner is one of several can't-miss in-state prospects in the 2018 cycle. Landing him would send a message both in-state and nationally that the Gamecocks are on their way back, as well as solidify the quarterback position at South Carolina for the foreseeable future.
New offers in Georgia, Tennessee
- South Carolina extended on offer Tuesday to 2018 offensive lineman Christian Armstrong of Warner Robins, Georgia after his strong showing at the Will Muschamp camp.
Armstrong has tremendous size at 6'4, 315 pounds and an impressive offer sheet that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and others. He is certainly a prospect to keep an eye on going forward as far as the Gamecocks are concerned.
- 2018 cornerback Brendon Harris of Chattanooga, Tennessee received an offer from South Carolina on Tuesday, just one day removed from getting an offer from Clemson.
Harris stands 6'2 and shows ball-hawking skill in the secondary as well as good vision and playmaking ability in the return game. He is sure to see his offer sheet grow before his recruitment is over.