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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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
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