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Gamecocks hoping to get these freshmen in a few weeks early

Will Muschamp at the Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Dutch Fork defeated Dorman 28-27 to capture back-to-back state titles.
Will Muschamp at the Class 5A state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. Dutch Fork defeated Dorman 28-27 to capture back-to-back state titles. online@thestate.com

The University of South Carolina’s schedule offers the particular quirk of the Maymester, a three-week period of classes between the end of the spring semester and the star of full summer classes.

The Gamecocks football team is hoping to take advantage of that and get a few more players on campus a little early.

USC coach Will Muschamp said the staff is working through details of possibly getting a pair of 2019 recruits on campus soon for the Maymester set to start in two weeks.

“We’re still working through that right now,” Muschamp said at a Spurs Up tour stop. “There’s some possibilities there. Jammie Robinson is a possibility. We’ll kind of see. Shilo Sanders is a possibility. We haven’t finalized that yet.”

Robinson is a versatile defensive back from South Georgia who committed to the Gamecocks on the February signing day. Sanders is a talented corner out of Texas and the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

Robinson is expected to help at either safety or nickel, while Sanders is a bit of a wildcard as to where he’ll end up in the secondary.

Muschamp said it’s “very seldom” freshmen enroll at this juncture just because of getting semesters and graduation to line up. It’s happened with a few junior college players, including Javon Kinlaw.

A large group of veterans usually hang around for those three weeks, between 45 and 55 by Muschamp’s estimation.

The coach said there is an advantage with a few more weeks with the weight staff, in player-run practices and in meetings, but the biggest edge comes away from the sport.

“As much as anything, the amount of time you spend on campus, you familiarize yourself with school, the academic setting,” Muschamp said. “All those sorts of things slow the process down for a young man because you’re facing a lot.”

Feeling a draft

A few days after a trio of his players got drafted, Muschamp was in a good mood talking about the Gamecocks headed to the next level.

He joked it was better than it has been, as the team had only one player drafted the past two seasons. But he also said he chatted with the players who ended up signing free agent deals.

“Talked to Zack (Bailey), Blake (Camper), Bryson Allen(-Williams), Keisean (Nixon) (Sunday) night,” Muschamp said. “Pleased for those guys.”

He said he had a quick chat with Deebo Samuel on draft night, but they’d already talked enough that he just sent along a quick congratulations.

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