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South Carolina got California, Texas players in 2019. Now staff looks to Hawaii

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South Carolina's new Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center has state-of-the-art amenities. The State's Josh Kendall highlights some key parts of the new building.
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South Carolina's new Cyndi and Kenneth Long Family Football Operations Center has state-of-the-art amenities. The State's Josh Kendall highlights some key parts of the new building.

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp, as he stated at his press conference on signing day Wednesday, sees a recruiting footprint that is growing for his program. South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina always will be the base, but in 2019 Muschamp pulled a quarterback from California and a cornerback from Texas.

In 2020, Muschamp is eyeing a 2021 linebacker from Honolulu in Mason Tufaga (60foot-1, 180 pounds). The Gamecocks offered earlier this week, the first program east of the Rockies to do so.

“To be real honest with you, I know nothing about South Carolina,” Tufaga said. “But what stands out most to me is coach Hutzler (linebacker coach). He sees something in me and believes that I can get the job done, although he hasn’t seen me in person.”

Tufaga also has offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern Cal and Utah. It’s early in the process for Tufaga and South Carolina is a long way from home, but he’s by no means discounting that offer.

“I take all offers into consideration, whatever benefits my family and my future,” he said. “ For sure, I’m going to keep all my options open.”

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