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QB rotation, Luke Doty's role and other observations about South Carolina spring training

The South Carolina football team began spring practice for 2024 on Tuesday morning. Although it was technically the first day of the spring season, temperatures were in the high 40s as the Gamecocks began practice.

Media representatives were allowed to observe the first six phases of the exercise. Here are some observations:

LaNorris Sellers is QB1

LaNorris Sellers began spring practice as the team's No. 1 quarterback and took first-team relief duties Tuesday. The redshirt freshman looks set to replace Spencer Rattler, who will be an NFL draft pick next month.

Vanderbilt transfer Robby Ashford took second-team duties on Tuesday, and SC All-American and Oklahoma transfer Davis Beville took third-team duties. Freshman Dante Reno was the fourth QB on the first day of spring.

Luke Doty, disguised as a QB, moves around

Senior Luke Doty wore a green quarterback jersey but did everything But Practice with the other USC signal-callers during the approximately 30-minute media playback.

Doty is the only player listed as an “athlete” on USC’s roster — he was considered a QB last year but played receiver — and is expected to move back to receiver this year. The former Myrtle Beach High star has played both positions since arriving in Columbia.

Doty took reps with the third team at receiver. He also worked as a kickoff player during the special teams phase. Joining him as kick returners were Jared Brown, Mazeo Bennett, Tyshawn Russell and Oscar Adaway.

Running back JuJu McDowell was among the punts returned along with Jalon Kilgore and DQ Smith.

Anderson starts the OL rotation, further notes

Markee Anderson had his first season as a starter cut short due to injury, but is off to a good start in 2024. The former Dorman High star was named to the first team as a guard on Tuesday. He missed all of last season due to a knee injury.

Anderson was joined on offense by Jakai Moore, Vershon Lee, Trovon Baugh and Cason Henry.

In the brief practice that offered a glimpse of a potential depth chart, McDowell was the first-team running back. Transfers Jared Brown and Gage Larvadain worked with first-team receivers. Returnee Josh Simon and transfer Brady Hunt were first-team tight ends.

The second team behind Ashford included running back Djay Braswell, receivers Tyshawn Russell, Ahmari Huggins-Bruce, tight ends Nick Elksnis, Reid Mikeska and offensive linemen Josiah Thompson, Kamaar Bell, Torricelli Simpkins, Blake Franks and Aaryn Parks. Thompson and Franks are both freshmen and sophomores.

The third team consisted of Beville, running back Oscar Adaway III, receivers Debron Gatling, Doty, tight ends Connor Cox and Maurice Brown, and offensive linemen Tree Babalade, Jatavius ​​Shivers, Ryan Brubaker, Mac Walters and Kam Pringle, the wore an ankle attach.

No Nyck Harbor

No surprise, but Nyck Harbor wasn't seen by the media during the training viewing. The second-year receiver is also a member of the Gamecocks' track and field team. It was not immediately known how he will split his time between the two teams this spring.

Visiting recruits

There were several high school prospects in attendance, including five-star offensive lineman Solomon Thomas from Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound junior committed to Florida State last year but is still drawing interest from other schools, including the Gamecocks. According to 247Sports, Thomas plans to visit LSU on Saturday, Florida on April 5 and Miami on April 12.

The 247Sports Composite ranks Thomas as the 13th-best prospect in the class of 2025, and he is ranked No. 21 in the On3 Industry rankings.

Other prospects spotted Tuesday included four local targets: Irmo quarterback AJ Brand and receiver Donovan Murph; Ridge View WR Jordon Gidron; and Onnis Konanberry of Heathwood Hall.

All four players have USC offers. Konanberry said USC will get an official visit, but he hasn't set the date yet. Official visits to Tennessee, North Carolina, Utah and Penn State are also planned.

Brand also plans to visit Virginia Tech later this month and Central Florida and Memphis next month.

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