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Junior Day Rewind

South Carolina held its second Junior Day of the spring and hosted several top targets, a few critical players, as part of future recruiting classes. It was a whirlwind weekend as far as offers, commitments, and reaction from some of the top prospects on the Gamecocks’ board.

LB/DE Gerald Turner pulled the trigger and committed to the Gamecocks shortly after his Junior Day visit

Commitment No. 3 on board

Hybrid player Gerald Turner (Goose Creek/Goose Creek) was the only on Junior Day commitment for the Gamecocks, who called recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. late Saturday afternoon to give him the good news. A defensive end or linebacker type, Turner chose South Carolina over offers from Clemson and North Carolina. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing was also heavily involved in Turner’s recruiting. The staff sees Turner, who is a three-star prospect with an 87 rating by 247Sports, as an Eric Norwood-type player that could see time at outside linebacker or play with his hand in the ground in pass-rush situations.

Turner pulls the trigger

Rolin has best visit yet

One potential sticking point in four-star Matt Rolin’s (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods) recruitment was the Gamecocks initially offered as a tight end. A linebacker by trade, Rolin has always loved South Carolina, but was unsure about whether he wanted to play tight end at the next level. Rolin, who has 19 offers to his credit, was informed on Friday night, the first of his two-day visit, that if he wanted to come to Carolina as a linebacker, that was certainly possible. Rolin had lengthy conversations with recruiter of record Shawn Elliott and linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. See what those conversations entailed and what school(s) stand out to the Virginia native at this early point in the recruiting process.

”Best visit so far”

Cooper names Carolina No. 1

South Carolina made a big move with wide receiver Corey Cooper (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) on Saturday as the Gamecocks vaulted to the top of his list. Cooper, who has nine offers to his credit, visited with academic advisors, coaches, and took in the Saturday scrimmage on his quick trip to Columbia. South Carolina is miles ahead of any other school on Cooper’s list right now, but he didn’t think about committing. See why, and find out what his timetable is for making a verbal pledge in this premium update from Josh Low.

Class of 2014 tailback Derrell Scott is former high school teammates with current USC offensive lineman Corey Robinson

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Scott has a tremendous time

One of the top running backs in the Carolinas for the 2014 class, Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), visited the Gamecocks over the weekend and had a few things that really stood out. Of course, the 1,800-yard rusher was meeting the team and watching it scrimmage on Saturday afternoon in front of a few hundred fans at Williams-Brice Stadium. Everybody gets reps and it is hype. They aren’t standing around and get things done. They went for two hours and didn’t waste time. The running back coach seems pretty cool out there. The offense is similar to ours and they use the inside zone.” The other part of the visit that really stood out was spending time with Marcus Lattimore. Find out why that made such a big impact and some of the things they talked about in the below update from Josh Low.

Top ’14 tailback visits Carolina

Knott could land in Carolinas

Three-star OL Adam Knott (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has traveled to South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi State, and North Carolina for various Junior Days this spring and he’s beginning to get a good feel of where he may want to go to school. The Peach State product had the opportunity to spend some time with head coach Steve Spurrier, who conveyed some strong words.

Carolinas battling for Knott

Not quite a stellar visit

Most players, especially early in the process, leave visits with nothing but great things to say about their time on campus. If not, it’s newsworthy. Defensive end Devante Covington (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond) didn’t exactly have a stellar time on his Junior Day trip, but called it “good overall.” See what he had to say about the trip and read Josh Low’s Insider Take on what it will take for the Gamecocks to move up the list.

Covington recaps Carolina visit

USC still under consideration

Defensive back Korrin Wiggins (Durham, N.C./Hillside) is committed to North Carolina but made the trip to Columbia Saturday for Junior Day. South Carolina secondary coach Grady Brown made a big impression on him on the visit. He says that South Carolina is still under consideration but find out everything he had to say about his commitment to UNC and South Carolina’s chances.

UNC commit not ruling out Gamecocks

N.C. athlete has USC up top

Athlete Pharoh Cooper (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) visited South Carolina on Friday and left with the Gamecocks as his clear leader. He could play receiver or defensive back on the next level. Find out which position the Gamecocks want him at and also how close he may have come to committing to the Gamecocks.

Cooper gives Carolina rave review

Junior Day Nuggets

Two of the state’s top prospects in the 2013 class - wide receiver Mike Williams (Lake Marion/Lake Marion) and defensive lineman Michael Hill (Pendleton/Pendleton) - were on campus for Junior Day and both are prospects that are impossible to get on the telephone. TheBigSpur.com’s Tony Morrell has the scoop on both prospects though. One has a very strong bond with his recruiter, while another is giving indications that the Gamecocks lead. Also, find out which prospect may commit to South Carolina soon and what three-star wide receiver the Gamecocks made a big move for.

Morrell: Junior Day Scoop

- The only two prospects from talent-rich Dillon High School that made the trip to South Carolina over the weekend was offensive lineman D.J. Park, the first commitment of the 2013 class, and running back Jabo Lee. The Gamecocks have not offered Lee. Highly-regarded teammates offensive lineman Bryce King and 2014 linebacker Joe Blue did not make the trip. Both, however, were on campus for South Carolina’s first Junior Day on February 4. There should be a heavy contingent of Dillon players, including Park, King, and Blue, on hand for the Garnet & Black Spring Game on April 14.

- Quarterback Connor Mitch (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) picked up an offer from South Carolina on his visit. Mitch has 14 offers to his credit and tripped recently to LSU unofficially. LSU and North Carolina are thought to be the early leaders in the process. Mitch, Kevin Olsen (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) and Christian Hackenberg (committed to Penn State) are the only three quarterbacks to have an offer from South Carolina at this point in the 2013 recruiting class.

Athlete Jasper Sasser (Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson) told TBS before the visit to South Carolina for Junior Day that it was possible he could commit while on campus. He left campus saying he wanted to commit but needed to talk with his mom. At this point, Sasser wants to get his mom to visit South Carolina before pulling the trigger. Things could change here, though. The Gamecocks are the clear leader and should end up getting him at some point.

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