Frank Martin brings another top-100 player to Columbia

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The crown jewel of the Gamecocks’ 2017 signing class, combo guard David Beatty, finishes his high school career as 1 of the nation’s top 100 prospects, according to 247Sports composite rankings.


The No. 95 overall prospect committed to the Gamecocks prior to their Final Four run, but his final ranking speaks volumes about coach Frank Martin’s player evaluations.


RELATED: Beatty finishes in top 100


Beatty is the third top-100 prospect Martin has brought to Columbia, joining Sindarius Thornwell (2013) and PJ Dozier (2015).


Carolina fans know what kind of an impact a freshman can have — first-year PG Rakym Felder was invaluable in the Gamecocks’ NCAA Tournament run. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Though the Gamecocks may not have the highly rated recruiting classes you might expect from a Final Four program, Beatty and rising sophomores Rakym Felder and Maik Kotsar show USC and Martin can pull top-100 talent and ace evaluations.


Depth and stars are what separate good programs from great programs, and with the signing of Beatty, the Gamecocks look to be on their way to future greatness.


Tennessee DT talks USC, Muschamp
Four-star DT D’Andre Litaker boasts offers from a who’s who of SEC powers. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

D’Andre Litaker, a 4-star 2018 defensive tackle, has nothing but good things to say about the Gamecocks and head coach Will Muschamp …


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“They’re building. It’s an SEC program that’s getting really strong,” the nation’s No. 187-ranked prospect for 2018 said. “South Carolina, they’re starting to be on the top. Their facilities, it’s getting amazing. Their dorms can be one of the top [housing facilities]. The dorms are really good. The facilities and all that are really good.”


The Gamecocks are competing with Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, among others, for the 6-foot-2 Litaker’s services.


4-star WR likes Gamecocks

Four-star 2018 WR Josh Vann told Phil Kornblut the Gamecocks were in the lead for his services …


“I liked what they told me the first time I went up there, but the coaches just tell me that I would fit right in,” the Tucker, Ga., native said. “It’s a building-up offense that will be hard to stop with the right pieces, and I think I’ll fit in just by being all over than just in one spot.”


Baseball’s dynamite freshman
Carlos Cortes’ emergence at the plate has been a silver lining in the Gamecocks’ recent skid. (Hale McGranahan/SEC Country)

“He is just swinging the way he is capable of,” South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook said of freshman OF Carlos Cortes. “He’s not trying to put too much pressure on himself. He knows he is going to be in there every day and maybe that helps, too. You are seeing what kind of hitter he is.”


Cortes has been on a tear at the plate as of late, hitting 3 home runs last weekend against Mississippi State.


RELATED: Carlos Cortes boosting South Carolina, showing ‘what kind of hitter he is’ 


Though the Gamecocks may be struggling in their conference schedule, the Oviedo, Fla., native has been a major bright spot.


Former Gamecocks head to Blythewood sideline
Syvelle Newton lined up at QB, WR, RB and S during his time in Columbia. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Former backfield partners Syvelle Newton and Cory Boyd have join coach Brian Smith’s staff at Blythewood High School.


RELATED: Former South Carolina football players join local high school staff


“We are excited to have both players on staff here,” Smith said. “They have both played at a high level. Both players have a lot of experience they can pass along to the players and can be great role models that kids can look up to.”


Newton and Boyd starred at USC as quarterback and running back, respectively, during Steve Spurrier’s early years in Columbia.


In case you missed it

Clarke Schmidt projected No. 15 overall, Wil Crowe No. 28 overall in latest Baseball America mock draft https://t.co/5WlklT7aHs


— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) April 20, 2017




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Speaking of Boyd, let’s salute his legendary screen scamper against Middle Tennessee State in 2006 …



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