Local players find niche with Gamecocks

For a few Columbia-natives in the South Carolina spring game, Saturday was a good day.

Four Midlands players who transferred to Carolina saw time on the field at Williams Brice.

Richland Northeast’s Darius Paulk was the leading rusher for the Black squad, with six carries for 22 yards. The sophomore transferred from North Greenville, and used the spring game show earn his place among the Gamecocks’ arsenal of offensive weapons.

Matrick Belton, a Keenan graduate who spent the last two seasons at Hampton, made one catch in the Gamecock’s spring game, and he made it count. The sophomore pulled down a 41-yard touchdown pass from Perry Orth in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

Tight end Jacob August, a freshman from Cardinal Newman, made two catches for 12 yards and was recognized by coach Steve Spurrier at halftime as one of the offense’s most improved freshmen, along with quarterback Connor Mitch.

Like former White Knoll linebacker Kyle Morini, who also suited up for the Gamecocks, August enrolled this spring as a preferred walk-on.

Reach Nelson at (803) 771-8419