VIP Room: Comeback weekend

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South Carolina played without one of its top defensive players against Florida as defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was left at home due to both injury and suspension. He was in a sling most of last week as his injured shoulder heals. Get the latest on his injury, whether he practiced on Monday, and his chances of being ready this weekend against Tennessee.

Also, after losing back-to-back regular season games for the first time since the 2009 season, see how the Gamecocks are dealing with the loss. We’ve talked to numerous sources inside the program to get a feel for the team’s mindset entering the Tennessee game this weekend.

On the recruiting front, it will probably be a slow weekend in terms of the number of players coming in, given that kickoff against the Volunteers is set for noon. Get the latest on who is coming, which includes a four-star quarterback and a couple of in-state targets.

There are a couple of South Carolina commitments being courted by other schools. See which players and where they stand in the recruiting process right now.

Basketball practice has started and we have notes, there, too. Which freshmen should contribute and which player will take on a burden of needing to score more this year than last year. On the recruiting front, guard Sindarius Thornwell just played his game for Oak Hill. Find out more detail about him and what the Gamecocks plan to do in the 2013 and 2014 class.

On the diamond, the Gamecocks are preparing for this weekend’s Garnet & Black World Series. We already know that Curt Britt and LB Dantzler are out with injuries, but another player has sustained a severe injury that will keep him from participating in 2013. Who is it and when will he be back?

A couple of starters are shuffling positions, as we detailed in last week’s VIP Room. How have those players adjusted to their new positions? Also, get the latest on Tanner English’s new fashion statement, who is playing where in the summer leagues, and the latest recruiting scoop.

We also have the latest on the men’s soccer program as their season spirals out of control and an update on top 10 women’s basketball recruit A’ja Wilson, who is from right here in Columbia.

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