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.”
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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.”