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Report: Four-star 2014 Gamecock signee off to JUCO ranks

Dante Sawyer

On National Signing Day earlier this month, Dante Sawyer put his Herbie Hancock on a National Letter of Intent with the intention of beginning his collegiate playing career at South Carolina.  Two weeks later?  Hold that thought until 2015.

Citing unnamed sources, BigSpur.com reported Thursday morning that Sawyer will spend the 2014 season at East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba, Miss.  Sawyer, who recently received his GED the 247Sports.com site noted, is traveling to the school today, presumably to enroll in classes.

The website went on to write that the defensive end “is expected to enroll at South Carolina in the spring of 2015 and will have four years to play three for the Gamecocks.”

The Suwanee, Ga., product was rated as the No. 7 strongside end in the country by Rivals.com in the Class of 2014.  Along with linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams,  Sawyer was the highest-rated member of the Gamecocks’ 2014 recruiting class on either side of the ball.

Sawyer signed with South Carolina over, among others, Auburn, Missouri and Tennessee.

(Photo credit: Rivals.com)

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7 Responses to “Report: Four-star 2014 Gamecock signee off to JUCO ranks”
  1. thegamecocker says: Feb 20, 2014 11:51 AM

    This is a huge loss and we need to do a much better recruiting job moving forward. 2014 recruiting just dropped out of the Top 20. Losing Derrel Scott and now Sawyer does not help us at all. Hopefully Sawyer will get his academic act together at JUCO and have 3 years with the Gamecocks. 2013 was our best team and yet our recruiting did not result in the type of class one would expect from the 4th ranked team in the nation. I’m disappointed over this.

  2. elwaysagenius says: Feb 20, 2014 12:21 PM

    Spurrier just scares off top recruits.

  3. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 20, 2014 1:13 PM

    @gamecocker. I was as surprised as you about the recruiting class. I figured being ranked 4th in the country and playing in the SEC would easily result in a top 10 class. What happened?

  4. osage44 says: Feb 20, 2014 2:57 PM

    Spurrier is an excellent Xs and Os “game” coach. He’s just too ambivalent about recruiting.

  5. jonkybon says: Feb 20, 2014 4:59 PM

    @osage44

    You do know the HC has very little to do with game planning and play calling don’t you? That’s the OC and DC’s jobs. HC is all about motivating, recruiting, keeping his players in line and being the face of the franchise (pro) or school (college).

    Slurrier’s son, is the OC. Jr creates and calls all the offensive plays. Jr is a very good coach on the rise. Sr is an alcoholic asshole that should be run out of the NCAA.

  6. jets12 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:17 PM

    As usual jonkybon doesn’t have a clue. Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. classyjacklambert says: Feb 20, 2014 6:43 PM

    I don’t see how anyone can question Spurrier’s recruiting skills when he has gotten top notch talent like Clowney and Lattimore to go to a school with no football history, in a boring, ugly town like Columbia. That takes serious talent.

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