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What Muschamp expects from early enrollees before spring, and what a few have shown

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South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp will have nine new faces when his team opens spring practice near the end of February.

That group of early enrollees is already on campus and in the middle of offseason drills. Muschamp doesn’t put too much on them at this point in terms of expectations, instead focusing on something smaller.

“Been very pleased with their work ethic, very pleased with their eagerness to learn and to work,” Muschamp said. “That’s really right now my expectation. Bring your best version of you every single day. And if you do that, that will be fine.”

He and his staff haven’t had much time to work with the players or even oversee some of what they’re doing. They’ve been on the road recruiting, shoring up the final four spots in the 2019 class and getting groundwork laid for the next class coming in.

Instead, it’s been the strength staff, led by Jeff Dillman, working hands-on with them.

“Jeff Dillman’s been very pleased with the entire group,” Muschamp said. “We had them lift as one group, as far as that’s concerned, so we were able to pay a lot closer attention to them and the proper techniques and things in the weight room to go through.”

That’s not an unusual approach, as it allows the new players to get trained in exactly how the staff wants to do things while not slowing down the veterans.

Between Dillman’s assessments and his limited time on campus, Muschamp did have a few impressions of some of his new players.

On running back Kevin Harris:

“A guy that’s an explosive back. Watching him move around confirmed our thoughts coming out of camp and watching him on tape.”

On defensive end Zacch Pickens:

“To see him in person on our campus, working out, we started the offseason program with the coaches on Wednesday, and to see him moving around is really exciting.”

On quarterback Ryan Hilinski:

“Very pleased with his work ethic and seeing some of the things he’s done in our offseason program.”

What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.

What Will Muschamp tells the recruits on why they should come play football for South Carolina.

South Carolina class list

NAME

POS

HT/WT

HOMETOWN (HIGH/LAST SCHOOL)

Joseph Anderson*

DL

6-3, 270

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Oakland)

Derek Boykins*

LB

6-1, 226

Concord, N.C. (Central Cabarrus)

Jahmar Brown

LB

6-0, 195

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Devontae Davis*

DL

6-3, 284

New Ellenton, S.C. (Silver Bluff/Georgia Military)

John Dixon

DB

5-11, 180

Tampa, Fla. (Chamberlain)

Rodricus Fitten*

B/S

6-1, 235

Atlanta, Ga. (Booker T. Washington)

Mark Fox

OL

6-4, 292

Miami, Fla. (Miami Northwestern)

Kevin Harris*

RB

5-10, 235

Hinesville, Ga. (Bradwell Institute)

Ryan Hilinski*

QB

6-3, 230

Orange, Calif. (Orange Lutheran)

Tyquan Johnson

WR

6-3, 180

Sylvania, Ga. (Screven County/Fork Union)

Traevon Kenion

TE

6-3, 242

Monroe, N.C. (Wake Forest)

Xavier Legette

WR

6-1, 190

Mullins, S.C. (Mullins)

Jakai Moore

OL

6-5, 285

Nokesville, Va. (Patriot)

Keveon Mullins

WR

6-1, 206

Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven)

Vincent Murphy

OL

6-2, 290

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Jaylen Nichols*

OL

6-5, 315

Charlotte, N.C. (Myers Park)

Zacch Pickens*

DL

6-3, 293

Anderson, S.C. (T.L. Hanna)

Jammie Robinson

DB

6-0, 195

Leesburg, Ga. (Lee County)

William Rogers

OL

6-3, 302

Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy)

Shilo Sanders

DB

6-0, 186

Cedar Hill, Texas (Trinity Christian)

Cameron Smith

DB

6-0, 171

Blythewood, S.C. (Westwood)

Jaquaze Sorrells

DL

6-2, 314

Winter Park, Fla. (Winter Park)

KeShawn Toney*

TE

6-2, 235

Williston, S.C. (Williston-Elko)

* denotes January enrollees

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