Posted: 12:04 am Friday, February 21st, 2014

South Carolina signee gets GED, leaves for junior college 

By Michael Carvell

Dante Sawyer, the only member of South Carolina’s 2014 class from in the Rivals 100 rankings, will not play for the Gamecocks next season.

The 4-star defensive end has gotten his GED and will enroll this week at East Mississippi junior college, according to TheBigSpur.com’s Wes Mitchell.

Sawyer had a roller-coaster ride in recruiting: Last spring, he was going to announce between Alabama and UGA, but then both schools reportedly wanted to evaluate him further. Sawyer committed to South Carolina over Missouri in December.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder was one of top performers at the Army All-America Bowl, registering three sacks, and instantly turned into one of the state’s hottest prospects. However, Sawyer declined interest from other schools and signed with South Carolina.

It was a surprising but possibly brilliant move by Sawyer to get his GED and leave for junior college this week. By doing that, Sawyer will be able to enroll in classes early and have a shot getting his AA degree (or two-year degree) from junior college by the summer of 2015, rather than having to stay there for two years like most players.

If Sawyer can handle the extra coursework, he will be able to enroll at South Carolina by the fall of 2015 and have four years left to play three seasons.

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24 comments
Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Good luck to the kid...he's gonna need it....known a few kids that went off to Juco's in the Midwest cause they FAILED in the classroom here. 50/50 chance he makes it out....lots of down time @  these schools. We will find out IF h has the HOME TRAINING to make it.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

"god set me this way for a reason, which is to better myself, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do."


"Made this move now to better my future, so all you nay sayers can kick rocks."


Um, I'm curious, Dante.  Did God tell you to say this, too?  


POAD2013
POAD2013

Interesting move that we could see more kids try in the future.

thebucket
thebucket

Looks like a good move for the young man in order to try and get his academics in order. From what I saw on-line it looks like that community college offers intensive semesters and there is one set to start the first week of March.

MUSCLECAR
MUSCLECAR

I wish the young man much success. Seems like he has good advisors in his corner.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

To enroll so quickly at E. Miss. JUCO, who PAYS for that school?

I doubt EMJC can offer full ride schollies like an SEC program can.

Jacobaaf
Jacobaaf

Wow!  It is Feb 20th, and he can enroll and start classes in the middle of the semester??? Did not know you can do that.....

LowcountryBulldawg
LowcountryBulldawg

Look dude couldnt pass HS and you think he can pass more course work in JUCO? Lets get real here we all knew these type guys who just didnt get it. Hope I am wrong, but I like my odds.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

re:

If Sawyer can handle the extra coursework, he will be able to enroll at South Carolina by the fall of 2015 and have four years left to play three seasons.

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I'm curious, had he continued and finished HS, would he have not have made it to USC-Jr.?

Was he so far away from qualifying that finishing up this semester at his HS is if no use at all?

Was it possible to shoot for a higher SAT/ACT score and qualify that way using the NCAA's sliding scale?

My theory is that if he was that far from qualifying for the NCAA minimum standards, then he'll also probably need to play the full 2 years at JUCO to graduate from that JUCO.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Can he change his college choice during those 2 years or is he locked into SC?

slydawg
slydawg

He will more than likely graduate Fall 2015. Students normally cannot take more than 9 semester hours in the Summer. Plus, he just quit and got his GED instead of making it a long drawn out drama until the end of the Summer. Anyway, this is a smarter move rather than a one-year prep school. It will help him out academically and give him time to mature in a smaller setting.

thebucket
thebucket

@Jacobaaf Most JC's offer mini-semesters that start at different times during the year. If you look at East Mississippi's page you will see they have an intensive semester set to begin the first week of March and some on-line classes that start the middle of March.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Buzz-Off  

Once he sign and plays at that JUCO, the original LOI from USC-Jr. is dead and he is back on the open market.

Gandolph
Gandolph

@Buzz-Off  Yes, he can change for a better o$$fer (AU, are you listening?).

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Buzz-Off He needs the ThomAss Brown guide to college studying, of course any fun is out of the question.

Mendacity
Mendacity

@Coach_Sebastian_Moore @MikeBanning  So in an era where all we hear about is Div 1 players needing money to eat.. and Dante is set for life at EMJC....If EMJC is disney land he needs to stay there for life then....Somebody is paying something that EMJC is not able to pay.....Great advice? ..would be... hey kid study and get your grades to the minimum to get into a college that treasures your tremendous physical skills.....

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Coach_Sebastian_Moore @MikeBanning  

Hey Coach, where was all that "great advice" from Grades 9 through 11, had he had really great advice back then, then he would never have to drop out of HS and take the "GED route" in the first place.

I find it amazing that so many HS coaches identify players that have college potential as early as the 9th or 10th grade and then DO NOTHING for them in the form of ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT that can PREVENT the sort "crisis situations" that we see above.

I think it is shameful that this young man won't be able to graduate from HS with his classmates, and yet we have "coaches" that think this player got great advice.

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Cool, sounds like Spurrier will have to call him and kiss a$$ everyday for the next 2 years!!!

thebucket
thebucket

@MikeBanning @slydawg Considering Sawyer lived in Metro Atlanta and played at North Gwinnet the chances are great that East Mississippi could be a much smaller environment!


MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@thebucket @MikeBanning @slydawg  

I doubt that any JUCO would be easier than HS, and remember Ga. HSs are not the highest ranked in the country.

Also, if he could not get the basics taken care of going home everyday with his Parents supervising him, do you really expect him to improve on that  when he gets his first taste of freedom, even if that freedom is in  a small town.