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The Crootin’ Notebook: South Carolina gets first RB commit; Dakereon Joyner has made his decision

The latest in Gamecock football recruiting, including updates on a top QB target, recent offers and South Carolina’s newest commit.

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South Carolina won a recruiting battle over the likes of Georgia, Florida and Texas when three-star all-purpose back Deshaun Fenwick committed to the Gamecocks Wednesday night. The Bradenton, FL standout was a priority target for running backs coach Bobby Bentley, who is quickly earning a reputation as a top-flight recruiter.

His junior season, Fenwick carried the ball 75 times for 755 yards and six touchdowns, averaging just over 10 yards per attempt. He also notched 14 receptions for 278 yards and another four touchdowns. While listed as an all-purpose back, Fenwick appears to have the physical tools to develop into a workhorse back at the college level.

Look for South Carolina to add at least one more running back to the 2018 class, with Lavonte Valentine of Melbourne, FL and Master Teague of Murfreesboro, TN being top targets.

Dakereon Joyner has finalized his college decision

North Charleston’s four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner, the No. 9 overall dual-threat quarterback per 247 Composite rankings, told The State on Wednesday that he has decided where he will attend college. While Joyner has informed his family, coaches and the school of his decision, he said that he will have a public reveal on Father’s Day in honor of his late father.

The Gamecocks, who are expected to sign two quarterbacks to the 2018 class, have made it clear that Joyner is a priority target. He is similarly believed to hold USC in high regard, who he has listed in his top three along with Alabama and N.C. State.

Joyner also said that he plans to graduate from Fort Dorchester in December, and will early enroll in January in time to participate in spring practice.

South Carolina offers 4-star Georgia safety

Jaylen McCollough of Powder Springs, GA was one of several prospects to receive an offer from the Gamecocks this week.

Though he spends considerable time at running back, cornerback and safety, McCollough is currently ranked by 247 Sports as the third overall safety in the 2019 class. He currently has offers from Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, among others.

Other notes

Coach Bentley was efficient with his time in Florida, extending an offer to Fenwick’s teammate and 2019 running back prospect Knowledge McDaniel during his visit to Braden River on Wednesday. He played heavily at wide receiver in 2016, but Braden River offensive coordinator told SEC Country that running back is McDaniel’s strongest position.

South Carolina also offered 2019 wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. on Wednesday. Ladson is ranked as the 32nd overall receiver by 247 sports and is currently committed to Florida.

D.J. Ivey, a 2018 cornerback currently committed to Miami, received an offer from USC Thursday morning.