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Hometown kicker will be a Gamecock

Muschamp lays out Gamecocks’ path to first signing day

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp discusses recruiting as the Gamecocks near the early signing period for the 2019 class.
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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp discusses recruiting as the Gamecocks near the early signing period for the 2019 class.

Spring Valley High senior kicker Alex Herrera on Sunday announced he accepted a preferred walk-on offer and will play football for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Herrera attended all but two USC home games this fall. He also visited Virginia and had offers from Western Carolina and William Penn, an NAIA school. The Gamecocks like Herrera as both a kicker and punter.

“My heart was set on USC. Big part of my decision was based on the fact that I’ve grown up Columbia and have attended games growing up,” Herrera said. “Coach Coleman Hutzler (special teams coach) has also been extremely supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. I love his passion and excitement for the game. I’m really excited about learning and working under his leadership.”

Herrera (6-0, 175) averaged 41.3 yards a punt in 2018, was 10-of-13 on field goals and 27-of-29 on extra points. He is the 15th-ranked kicker in the country, according to the Kohl’s kicking rankings, and finished second at Kohl’s Camp in July.

Herrera played quarterback for the Vikings early in the season. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 240 yards.

Herrera will play in the Metro Senior Bowl on Dec. 22 in Columbia and the Blue Grey All-American Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 5.

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