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Under-radar S.C. WR nets SEC offer

INMAN, S.C. -- One of the most prolific scorers in Upstate South Carolina last fall is beginning to hit radars as a potential 2014 prospect.

Tyshun Samuel

Inman (S.C.) Chapman receiver Tyshun Samuel (6-0, 180) picked up his first offer Wednesday from Vanderbilt.

As a junior, Samuel caught 78 passes for 1,246 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also posted a kickoff return touchdown and punt return score.

Maryland and East Carolina had otherwise expressed the strongest interest within the last week, while N.C. State, South Carolina and Clemson have communicated with his coaches as well.

Samuel – who goes by the nickname “Deebo” -- is slated to visit South Carolina on March 23 and is making plans to attend a handful of camps and combines the next two months in the hope of gaining exposure.

“I grew up a fan of Carolina, but I don’t favor anyone, really, right now,” he said. “I’ve been to a few of their games before, and I like the way things are there.”

Samuel said he was last timed in the 40 with a 4.51.

He was recently named to the 3A all-state basketball team.

“Tyshun is a high character young man who is very receptive to coaching, and practices with the same intensity he plays with,” Chapman coach Mark Hodges said. “Not only is very competitive, but he hates losing as much or more than he likes winning. When they game is on the line, regardless of the sport, Tyshun not only wants the ball, but comes through when he has it.”

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