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QB-turned-tight end trying to break through with Gamecock offer

Bobby Bentley excited for challenge of coaching tight ends

South Carolina Gamecocks football assistant coach Bobby Bentley moved from running backs coach to tight ends this offseason. He'll work with Kiel Pollard, Evan Hinson
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South Carolina Gamecocks football assistant coach Bobby Bentley moved from running backs coach to tight ends this offseason. He'll work with Kiel Pollard, Evan Hinson

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp on Thursday will stage his first football camp of the summer. There will be plenty of hot-shot prospects to work out in front of the coaches, those players already assured of offers from USC and others. And there will be others hoping to catch the eye of the catches with their performance. One of those will be South Aiken quarterback-turned-tight end Jesse Sanders (6-foot-4, 200 pounds).

Sanders was a quarterback for the Thoroughbreds but has grown into a tight end and that’s what the colleges view him. Muschamp was by the school last year during a visitation period to check in on Sanders and had him in for a game last season. The contact has continued between him and the staff.



“Coach McClendon came to see me and he sent Coach Bentley down to get a look at me,” Sanders said. I had a phone call with Coach Bentley and he told me I have a good chance with them, especially after I go camp with them on the sixth. I’m very interested in South Carolina. I just hope they pull the trigger.
Sanders has offers from Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, Army and Akron.



“Georgia State is definitely sticking out the most,” Sanders said. “Coach Stepp is constantly hitting me up and checking on me and they have shown me the most love. I talk to Army a good bit too.”



Sanders is grateful for the offers he has, but landing one from USC would be the culmination of all his hard work to get to the major college level.

“After talking to Coach Bentley from South Carolina, I’ve been nothing but ecstatic and hopeful that it works out,” he said. “That has been my dream school ever since I’ve grown up and I would love to play there. I just have to perform at camp and hope everything else falls into place.”

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