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Gamecocks add graduate transfer special teamer, three-year starter for Big Ten program

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South Carolina Gamecocks football linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler goes deep on linebackers, the battle to replace Deebo Samuel and more from spring practice.
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South Carolina Gamecocks football linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler goes deep on linebackers, the battle to replace Deebo Samuel and more from spring practice.

South Carolina football had no long-snappers on the team when the pre-spring roster came out in February.

The Gamecocks just added a grad transfer at the position, Matt Oliveira, a three-year starter from Maryland.

Oliveira tweeted he’ll join the Gamecocks and Will Muschamp retweeted the news. USC had already added a grad transfer from Appalachian State earlier this offseason.

According to his official bio, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound New Jersey product started 36 games for the Terps at long snapper. He was also a three-time academic All-Big Ten honoree.

He did not mention if he would walk on.

The Big Spur reported Oliveira was the third #SpursUp tweet from Friday, when Will Muschamp tweeted the hashtag three times for two commits.

The roster currently lists Collin Bunch, a Pendleton High School product who had previously just been a student, and Jackson Locklier, a Charleston Southerns transfer. Locklier’s official bio says he won’t be eligible next season, but that was written before the NCAA’s latest rule change.

The team will also add Florida long snapper Matthew Bailey, who tweeted out his commitment on National Signing Day, and Max Durschlag, the former App State snapper.

USC seemingly had a succession plan in place when Ben Asbury finished up his eligibility last season as the starting long snapper and veteran Matthew Smith was set to take over. But Smith left the team following the 2018 season.

Going the transfer route isn’t foreign to the Gamecocks at this position. Asbury transferred from Berry College, first getting brought over by Steve Spurrier’s staff, and then showing Will Muschamp’s staff enough for a spot. He was backup in 2016, started in 2017 and 2018, overcoming a torn ACL his final season.

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