A look at Gamecock football receivers for Class of 2023

South Carolina receiver signee Kelton Henderson

South Carolina receiver signee Kelton Henderson

South Carolina is signing a handful of wide receivers in its 2023 recruiting class. Receivers coach Justin Stepp took to Twitter on Wednesday to welcome those newest Gamecocks at his position.

The early signing period started Wednesday and runs through Friday, with USC expected to have more than 20 players sign over the next three days.

USC will have spots to fill at receiver with the losses of Jalen Brooks and Josh Vann. Dakereon Joyner could return for a final season with the Gamecocks but has not decided yet on his future plans.

Here’s what Stepp had to say about the three receiver signees who were added Wednesday morning. (The Gamecocks have a commitment from Vicari Swain, who could play receiver or defensive back in college.)

Tyshawn Russell

The three-star prospect from Pennsylvania was a late addition to the class after he committed Sunday. Russell finished his senior season with 61 catches for 1,334 yards and 22 touchdowns, while helping the squad to a state championship earlier this month.

Stepp on Twitter: “Welcome HOME @TyShawnR_22! Big time play maker with home run speed! Can’t wait to see you making plays in Willy B! … 4 TD’s in your State Championship Game… Gamecock fans ain’t seen nothing yet. Can’t wait to see you doing that in Willy B.”

Kelton Henderson

The Florida native played receiver and defensive back in high school but will play receiver at USC. He is a three-star prospect and was picked to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Stepp on Twitter: “Welcome Home @KeltonH5 ! Kelton Is a freak athlete. A tough dynamic play maker! Lets go make plays Kelt! … Pumped to have @KeltonH5 officially part of the family! Let’s go get it.”

CJ Adams

The 6-foot-3 Georgia native started out his career at quarterback and also played in the secondary before switching the receiver during his junior year. Adams also is a standout basketball player.

Stepp on Twitter: “Welcome HOME @CJAdams0! Can’t wait to Coach you! A physical big play guy!!! Let’s go make plays! … Can’t wait to have you here @CJAdams0 let’s go get this work!!!” Stepp said.

Bishop McDevitt’s Tyshawn Russell scores a second-quarter touchdown with Aliquippa’s Tiqwai Hayes defending during the PIAA Class 4A football state championship game in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022. (Mark Pynes/The Patriot-News via AP) Mark Pynes AP

Lou Bezjak is the High School Sports Prep Coordinator for The (Columbia) State and (Hilton Head) Island Packet. He previously worked at the Florence Morning News and had covered high school sports in South Carolina since 2002. Lou is a two-time South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.
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