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


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, 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 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 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.

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Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.