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VIP Room: Lattimore shown the love

Welcome to the VIP Room, a comprehensive report brought to you by the staff of designed to take you behind the scenes of South Carolina athletics.

By game 10 of the season, there are always a lot of nagging injuries and players who are battered and bruised. We have the latest on all of the Gamecocks who suffered nicks and sprains. Get the latest on who is and is not practicing as Wofford preparations begin.

This edition of the VIP Room is jam-packed with recruiting information. Class of 2014 wide receiver Blake Bone (Woodruff/Woodruff) has been quiet throughout the recruiting process of late. We were able to catch up with him recently and came away with some interesting information on his recruitment that may surprise you. What SEC power is positioning itself to make a push? Where is the Ole Miss connection and what ACC program is churning out lots of hand-written letters?

Also, get the latest on where punter Jonathan King stands in terms of earning a South Carolina offer. What’s the latest scoop on Brendan Langley and his visit to Auburn to watch Georgia win the SEC East title? All of that and much more in our jam-packed football recruiting section.

For the second straight week, we have a ton of inside scoop on the men’s basketball team. Get the latest on why Laimonas Chatkevicius was suspended six games by the NCAA and what the chances are Brian Steele returns to the team after his suspension.

On the recruiting front, South Carolina hosted two official visitors over the weekend and both were on commitment watch. See where things stand right now on the recruitment of Tavario Miller and Amida Brimah, a pair of post players that may be needed to strengthen the front court.

On the baseball front, who are some of the players that have stood out in the weight room this fall? The Strong Man Competition is about to get started in the coming weeks and just where do the guys stand in terms of strength and conditioning?

On the recruiting front, there’s a baseball commitment who is looking in to playing football. Normally, it’s the other way around but there’s a baseball player who may be able to help the Gamecocks in a position of need on the football field. Who is it, what can he do, and how well?

When running back Marcus Lattimore went down, the University announced that fans could send him get well cards to the Rice Athletics Center. That’s all well and good, but it has really increased the workload in the USC Postal Services office. Want to know how many letters Lattimore has received and where they’re coming from? Find out in this edition of the VIP Room.

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