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This incoming USC freshman expecting 'a whole bunch of rehab' this summer

Incoming South Carolina wide receiver Josh Vann recently had shoulder surgery but expects to be ready to compete when the Gamecocks' fall practice begins in August.

“I know when I get there it’s going to be a whole bunch of rehab, so I’ll try to go as fast as I can with that so I can get back to how I was and a lot better,” Vann said.

Vann, 5-10, 175 pounds, was a four-star prospect who will start school at South Carolina on June 4. He caught 46 passes for 846 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Tucker High School.

“I know I’m excited,” Vann said. “I’m a little nervous being away from home, but I’ll just have to overcome that. I’ll be all right.”

Vann expects to start his college career as a slot receiver, and his high school head coach, Bryan Lamar, agrees.

“He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s not really a make-you-miss guy as much as he is a guy who can go and get it,” Lamar said. “He’s not really a shifty, change-of-direction guy as much as he is great hands, great speed, great body control.”

Vann did not receive a playbook from the Gamecocks prior to his arrival on campus, but he did get a workout plan, he said.

“That was about it, get me ready for at least half the stuff, or maybe a quarter of the stuff I’ll do when I get up there,” he said.

Vann will move to Columbia on May 30, he said. He believes he’s joining a team that is close to breaking through in the SEC, he said.

“There might be some people that are like, 'They still have a ways to go,' but I feel like they are right there,” he said. “Last year they had a winning season and this year we have a bunch of good recruits, a bunch of four stars, wasn’t that many five stars but stars really don’t matter to me. It’s about who’s going to show up and show out.”

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