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Coach’s corner: What South Carolina football is getting in its latest commit

The moment Mike Wyman committed to South Carolina football

Watch the moment four-star North Carolina wide receiver recruit Mike Wyman picked the South Carolina Gamecocks football program
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Watch the moment four-star North Carolina wide receiver recruit Mike Wyman picked the South Carolina Gamecocks football program

Dudley High School football coach Steven Davis has watched Mike Wyman come into his own.

He watched the tall wide receiver blossom, bursting onto the scene as a sophomore (averaging 26 yards a catch), then growing into a highly touted college recruit and now, as of Tuesday, a South Carolina football commit.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have a kid of that talent to play for me,” Davis said. “We’ve had several guys who’ve come through our system now, who are playing D-I ball, playing professional-level ball. So hopefully he’ll be the next one.”

The high school has produced the likes of Clemson All-American Jeff Davis and 10-year NFL player Marques Douglas.

In an offense that hasn’t thrown it a ton, Wyman had 478 yards as a sophomore and 664 last season. Davis spoke to The State and broke down some key aspects of the newest member of South Carolina’s class.

On his reputation as a “humble kid”

“He can turn it on on the field. As a matter of fact, I had to get on him a couple times while he’s on the field. Between those whites, he’s a football player. Outside those whites, he’s just a tremendous young man. He’s a ‘yes sir, no sir’-type guy. As much as I get on him in practice or during games, he’s ‘yes sir, no sir,’ and that’s to all the coaches. But that just goes to show the type of relationship and the way his mom has raised him.”

On the kind of player South Carolina is getting

‘Great talent. Like I said, he’s just got to stay humble, continue to work hard and not get distracted. If he will continue to do those things, the sky could be the limit because he’s got perfect size, he’s got great speed, great hands, ball skills. He’s got everything you’re looking for. Now he’s just got to work hard and continue to get better each day.”

On the offense he plays in and its run-heavy reputation

“People think that … if we’ve got somebody who can throw the ball, we’ll throw it. If that year, we’re better running, we’ll run it. What we want to do is control the ball.”

On Wyman not having a ton of targets and being willing to block

“That’s the great thing about him. He’s going to do what’s asked, but when he does touch the ball, it’s such an impact. And I think that’s going to be the same thing on the next level. When he touches it, it’s such an impact, and that’s what you’re looking for.”

On how South Carolina recruited Wyman

“Just showing him a lot of love and really letting him know that he’s their man. He was one of their top targets at that position. They got on him early, one of his first D-1 offers, and they just stayed, pushing him and pushing him, showing him that, ‘We want you.’ I think that’s what it takes, especially when you’re dealing with that level because everyone is coming after you. He had like 40 offers. You’ve got to kind of see through who is genuine.”