The SEC Media picked UofSC to finish sixth in the East this coming football season. The media poll was taken earlier this week at SEC Media Days in Hoover, AL.
The Gamecocks are coming off a 2-8 season and are starting over with new head coach Shane Beamer. They did receive one vote to win the league title. The only team below the Gamecocks in the East projection is Vanderbilt.
Georgia is the pick to win the East and was followed in the poll by Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, USC and Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs received 124 first place votes to seven for Florida, two for Kentucky, and one reporter voted for UofSC.
Alabama is the favorite to win the West and received 130 first place votes. Texas A&M, LSU and Ole Miss followed the Crimson Tide in the voting and received one first place vote each. Auburn was fifth in the voting followed by Arkansas, which received a first place vote, and Mississippi State.
Alabama was voted the favorite to win the SEC Championship Game with 84 votes. Georgia was next with 45 votes followed by Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, Kentucky and UofSC, each receiving one vote.
Three Gamecocks were voted on to the pre-season All-SEC Team. DE JJ Enagbare is on the first team, RB Kevin Harris is on the second team and TE Nick Muse made the third team. Matt Corral of Ole Miss was voted as the first team quarterback.
Harris this week was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award and the Doak Walker Award, while Enagbare was named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award.
One of the top cornerback prospects in the country announced a commitment to the Gamecocks this week. Keenan Nelson (6-2 180) of Philadelphia actually committed to Beamer on July 11 but did not reveal the news until Tuesday. Nelson is rated as a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the No. 16 cornerback nationally and the No. 3 prospect in Pennsylvania. His commitment is the 16th for the Gamecocks’ 2022 class, the sixth for the secondary and the second corner. With two transfer defensive backs counting in the class, the Gamecocks now have 18 of their 25 spots allocated, and eight of them are for the secondary.
USC 2022 commitments and transfers
- TYRESE ROSS SAF 6-2 185 TRANSFER WASHINGTON STATE
- KARON PRUNTY CB 6-1 189 TRANSFER KANSAS
- GRAYSON MAINS OT 6-5 265 SUWANEE, GA
- BRADEN DAVIS QB 6-5 185 MIDDLETOWN, DE
- DONOVAN WESTMORELAND LB 6-2 195 GRIFFIN, GA
- KAJUAN BANKS CB 5-10 170 TALLAHASSEE
- JY’VONTE MCCLENDON SAF 6-2 180 LAKELAND, FL
- JAMAAL WHYCE DT 6-4 250 MIAMI
- PEYTON WILLIAMS SAF 6-0 180 ROCKLEDGE, TX
- CASON HENRY OT 6-6 290 MARIETTA, GA
- KYLIC HORTON WR 6-4 180 CLARENDON HALL
- ANTHONY ROSE SAF 6-4 180 MIAMI
- RYAN BRUBAKER OT 6-6 280 STEVENS, PA
- LANDON SAMSON WR 6-1 185 SOUTHLAKE, TX
- NICK EMMANWORI LB 6-4 195 IRMO
- EMORY FLOYD SAF 6-1 165 POWDER SPRINGS, GA
- FELIX HIXON DT 6-4 280 JACKSON, GA
- KEENAN NELSON CB 6-2 180 PHILADELPHIA
UofSC baseball coach Mark Kingston announced the hiring of Justin Parker as his new pitching coach replacing Skyler Meade who is now the head coach at Troy. Parker comes to the Gamecocks after serving as the associated head coach/pitching coach at Indiana. His staff with the Hoosiers had a 3.17 ERA and struck out 462 batters in 383.1 innings pitched as Indiana went 26-18 with a Big Ten-only schedule in 2021. Four pitchers from Parker's staff were selected in the 2021 MLB Draft, including McCade Brown, who was selected in the third round by the Colorado Rockies and Gabe Bierman, picked in the seventh round by the Miami Marlins.
"Justin Parker is a rising star in college baseball, and I am ecstatic that his next chapter will be in Columbia," Kingston said. "He is the perfect fit for our pitching staff in regard to relationships and development. His results jump off the page, and he will be a difference maker instantly when he arrives on campus. His knowledge, personality, and passion for the game will benefit our program tremendously. He is a proven winner and competitor at the highest level.”
One of the pitchers Parker will inherit is lefthander Julian Bosnic. He was selected in the 16th round of the MLB Draft this month by the Giants but has decided to return to UofSC for a fourth season. Bosnic was 4-2 with a 2.84 ERA and four saves in 50.2 innings pitched this past season. He struck out 78 batters in 50.2 innings pitched and held opponents to a .133 batting average.
Another Gamecock pitcher, righthander Thomas Farr, signed his contract this week with the Reds.
Schedules for the men’s and women’s soccer teams were released this week. The men will play 12 home matches, including exhibitions, and six on the road. After exhibitions with Anderson and James Madison, the regular season will open at home against the College of Charleston on August 26. The Gamecocks will play at Clemson September 3. Their Conference-USA opener will be September 25 in Charlotte.
The women will have an 18 game regular season with nine matches at home. After an exhibition against Wake Forest, the opener will take place at home against The Citadel August 19th. The Gamecocks will play at Clemson September 9. The first SEC match will be at Missouri September 16.