Duck into the newly opened 1801 Grille across the street from Colonial Life Arena, and take a look to the far end of the restaurant.
You’ll see a room that came up at a South Carolina Board of Trustees meeting on Friday as a tool for Gamecocks recruiting.
The small private dining area can seat 12-14 and has a wall heavily adorned with Gamecocks memorabilia, old photos and framed newspaper pages. The restaurant’s staff said they hoped South Carolina coaches would bring prospective student-athletes to eat there on visits.
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The restaurant is located at the bottom of the 650 Lincoln apartment complex, where many South Carolina student-athletes live. The complex is also a big part of South Carolina’s pitch to recruits.
The restaurant also has a hallway with archival photographs from the University’s history.