VIP Room: Big weekend ahead

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With classes starting back today, fall and spring sports teams were back on campus and in the weight room. Four - yes, four - new players joined the football team for their meeting on Sunday night. Get details on quarterback Connor Mitch, D.J. Park, and Ronnie Martin, plus behind the scenes scoop on a grayshirt player who enrolled and what he will bring to the team.

In addition, we have more updates on redshirt players and how they have progressed over their first full semester on campus. Get some scoop on Chaz Elder and Kaiwan Lewis, plus read about how the football team has reacted to being back in the weight room for the start of the winter conditioning program.

On the recruiting front, there’s more news on four-star defensive back Shaq Wiggins. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how the visit shook out and his plans going forward. There’s a lot to like about the Gamecocks’ chances in this update.

Another highly-coveted prospect is offensive tackle Na’Ty Rodgers, who is scheduled to come on his official visit this weekend. Get this details on his trip, a prospect who was expected to make it in but will not, and more on the big January 18 visit date in this edition of the VIP Room.

Head coach Steve Spurrier hit the road on Monday to visit with prospects. There are multiple other coaches on the staff who made trips around the southeast to see players and coaches in their recruiting areas. Get the latest on where they went and reaction.

On the basketball front, transfer guard Tyrone Johnson has a week of practice under his belt. Get the behind the scenes scoop on how he’s performed. Also, the Gamecocks are chasing two big men for the 2013 class. As recruiting winds down, what are the chances with the posts the coaches are targeting?

The baseball team held a team meeting on Monday and everybody was back except one player. Who is missing and will he return? Plus, this is a big weekend for baseball visitors, too. Find out who is coming, who may commit, and how the 2014 class is shaping up in this update. Plus, it’s rare that surgeries don’t go quite as planned but there’s one in the baseball program. Find out more about that in this update.

We have all three major sports covered in this update, but there’s also plenty of news around other sports programs. Get the latest on the men’s soccer team and in the equestrian program in this update.

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