USC FOOTBALL

Gamecocks sign 18 players, including quarterback Hilinski

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted 12/20/18

COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina has signed quarterback Ryan Hilinski, the younger brother of former Washington State passer Tyler Hilinski who committed suicide last January.

Ryan Hilinski was among 18 signees announced by the Gamecocks on …

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Gamecocks sign 18 players, including quarterback Hilinski

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COLUMBIA (AP) - South Carolina has signed quarterback Ryan Hilinski, the younger brother of former Washington State passer Tyler Hilinski who committed suicide last January.

Ryan Hilinski was among 18 signees announced by the Gamecocks on Wednesday.

The younger Hilinski is a 6-foot-4, 232-pound quarterback from Orange, California. The Hilinski family started a nonprofit organization, Hilinski's Hope , to keep Tyler's memory alive provide funding and resources to help "destigmatize mental illness," according the organization's website.

Hilinski is expected to compete for a backup spot behind senior starter Jake Bentley next season.

The Gamecocks also signed five-star defensive lineman Zacch Pickens, who was named the Palmetto State's "Mr. Football" as the top player in the state.

South Carolina (7-5) closes the season against Virginia (7-5) in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29.

SOUTH CAROLINA SIGNEES

Zacch Pickens, DE, Anderson, SC, T.L. Hanna HS

Ryan Hilinski, QB-PP, Orange, CA, Orange Lutheran HS

Joseph Anderson, DE, Murfreesboro, TN, Siegel HS

Devontae Davis, DE (JC), Aiken, SC, Georgia Military College

Jakai Moore, OG, Nokesville, VA, Patriot HS

Cameron Smith, CB, Blythewood, SC, Westwood HS

Rodricus Fitten, DE, Atlanta, GA, Booker T. Washington HS

Traevon Kenion, TE-H, Monroe, NC, Monroe HS

Derek Boykins, ILB, Concord, NC, Central Cabarrus HS

Jahmar Brown, OLB, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Saint Thomas Aquinas HS

Vincent Murphy, OC, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Saint Thomas Aquinas HS

Keveon Mullins, ATH, Memphis, TN, Whitehaven HS

Keshawn Toney, TE-H, Williston, SC, Williston-Elko HS

Mark Fox, Jr., OG, Miami, FL, Miami Northwestern HS

John Dixon, CB, Tampa, FL, Chamberlain HS

Tyquan Johnson, WR (Post), Sylvania, GA, Fork Union Military Academy

Jaylen Nichols, OT, Charlotte, NC, Myers Park HS

Kevin Harris, RB, Hinesville, GA, Bradley Institute