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South Carolina again reaches into Tennessee to offer versatile defensive lineman

‘We got better today’: Muschamp recaps the Gamecocks’ 2019 signing class

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp highlights the Gamecocks' 2019 signing class as part of the early signing period in December.
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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp highlights the Gamecocks' 2019 signing class as part of the early signing period in December.

South Carolina will continue to work the state of Tennessee hard in the 2020 recruiting campaign as the Gamecocks are finding success attracting good players from the Volunteer State. One player Will Muschamp has his eye on is Chattanooga defensive end Jay Hardy (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) and he offered him earlier in the week.

“I like how coach Muschamp feels about me and his confidence,” Hardy said “They said they like my hands and athleticism and would play me at end on regular downs and on 3rd down they would put me inside and put me on the guards.”

Hardy said Muschamp’s reputation as a defensive coach and developer of defensive talent is a key item with him.

“I love what he has been doing and his past,” he said. “It means he knows how to get me to the places I want to go.”

Hardy’s offer list is growing with Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Northwestern, Indiana and Duke also on board. His brother played fullback at Tennessee and he attended three games there this season.

He also made it to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and UTC for games

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