South Carolina Gamecocks 2015 Position Preview: Tight End

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Jacob August

Jacob August decided to walk on to the South Carolina football team as a part of the class of 2014. 247Sports rated him a 2-star recruit. He had scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Bucknell, Dartmouth, and Richmond. He was even given the opportunity to go to Penn State as a preferred walk on. Ultimately, he decided that South Carolina was the best place for him.

“I think Jacob turned down some of these full rides because of the potential he has,” Cardinal Newman football coach Brannon Tidwell said. “I always thought he had the potential, if he worked out for four years, to be a great tight end or left tackle. He has a huge frame on him. He’s a legit 6-foot-6 with shoes off. His upside is big.”

After his first spring practice with the team in 2014, August shared the honor of being named Freshman Offensive Player of the Spring with Connor Mitch. After spring practice of 2015, he was named Most Improved Tight End.

August was one of the stars of the first scrimmage as he pulled in 5 receptions for 32 yards. He has continued to stand out during fall practice and could find himself earning the back up tight end spot if he keeps turning in solid performances.

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