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Nigeria native returns
Three-star offensive tackle Chris Akporoghene, who’s ranked by Rivals as the No. 31 player at the position in the Class of 2019, returned to South Carolina last Saturday for the Arkansas game.
The trip went well for the 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect from King’s Academy in Seymour, Tenn.
“I talked to all of the coaches. I talked to [offensive line coach Eric Wolford] and he was really happy to see me there and he was excited,” Akporoghene said. “He asked me to stay after the game so we could talk. We did and I enjoyed it.”
He added, “They told me that I have a bright future and that coming to South Carolina would help me develop the ability that I have and they would also make me become a great man.”
Akporoghene, a native of Nigeria, enjoyed his first game-day experience at Williams-Brice Stadium.
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“The atmosphere was just so amazing,” he said. “I don’t know, I’ve been on some other trips, but this one was amazing. The fans were really nice. It was really amazing. It was awesome.”
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Wake Forest have also hosted him for games this season. This weekend, he’ll head to Indiana. He’s also expected to make stops at Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
Indiana, Memphis, South Carolina and West Virginia have offered.
“It’s a huge decision to make. I haven’t started thinking about it, because a lot of coaches have already started talking to me,” Akporoghene said. “I’m being careful to try and find the right fit for me, the right place for me, and that I know I’m going to be comfortable at and I’m going to learn the game well. At the same time, a place that will help me become a better man.
“For me, actually, I feel like South Carolina could be my home one day. I really enjoyed the atmosphere from [the Oct. 7) game, so I really think, maybe, I don’t know yet, South Carolina could be my home. It’s amazing what I saw yesterday. I really did enjoy it.”
All-America status for Hank Manos
On Wednesday, 3-star center commitment Hank Manos was invited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “Just being able to finally get some recognition, it’s great. It’s a huge honor for me to be selected to that. [Chapin] coach [Justin] Gentry was really happy. My parents were really happy, so it was just great to have that.”
Manos, who’s ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 12 center in the country, will graduate from Chapin (S.C.) High School in December, before he enrolls at South Carolina in January.
Six games into the 2017 schedule, Manos is impressed with what he’s seen from the Gamecocks.
“I think that the play has elevated with Coach Wolford working with the offensive line and I’m very happy with everything going on there,” he said.
Manos will take his official visit Dec. 9.
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