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Tavien Feaster

Tavien Feaster spent the last three seasons as a rotational back at Clemson and comes to South Carolina with an opportunity to become the team’s feature back if he beats out guys including AJ Turner, Rico Dowdle and Mon Denson.

COLUMBIA – Former Clemson running back Tavien Feaster, now a South Carolina Gamecock, spoke to the media Thursday about his new team.

Feaster was the center of attention as he spoke for the first time since his transfer from Clemson.

“I liked what I heard,” Feaster said of South Carolina reaching out to him after he announced he would be a graduate transfer from Clemson. “And I like the opportunity here.”

Feaster also said:

  • The situation at Clemson with running back Travis Etienne wasn’t going to change and that led to his choice to transfer.
  • The relationship with running backs coach Thomas Brown was a deciding factor in choosing South Carolina over Virginia Tech.
  • He has been welcomed by his new teammates and respects the running backs on the team.

Gamecock commits

  • Notasulga (Ala.) Reeltown three-star tight end Eric Shaw committed to South Carolina Thursday afternoon, according to GamecockCentral.com.

"South Carolina beat out Auburn and Tennessee because of the fit for me there," Shaw said. "I like the way they use their tight ends, I have a great relationship with coach (Bobby) Bentley, I like coach (Will) Muschamp a lot and I just felt at home there."

  • South Carolina's pursuit of priority defensive line target Tonka Hemingway came to a close Thursday afternoon with the Conway standout announcing a pledge to the Gamecocks, according to GamecockCentral.com.

"It feels good, just knowing that I can go out there and not have to worry about anything," Hemingway said. "I had a long talk with my dad and my mom last night [and made the decision]. It's home. It felt like home; that's it."

The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder chose South Carolina over offers from Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Maryland and West Virginia.

Preseason SEC honors for 4

Four University of South Carolina football players earned spots on the 2019 Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Football Team, the SEC announced Thursday. Bryan Edwards (WR) and Javon Kinlaw (DL) earned second-team honors, while T.J. Brunson (LB) and Jaycee Horn (DB) were third-team selections.

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