The University of South Carolina football program held its annual Pro Day on Wednesday. Seventeen draft-eligible former Gamecocks showcased their skills in front of scouts representing all 32 NFL teams on another beautiful morning in the Palmetto State.

The event began shortly after 9:30 a.m. in the Crews Building weight room, with each participant measured for height and weight, then tested in both the vertical and broad jumps, before finishing with the 225-pound bench press.

The players then moved to the Williams-Brice Stadium field where they ran the 40-yard dash along with a pair of shuttle runs and the three-cone drill before going through a series of individual drills specific to their position.

T.J. Gurley had an impressive day in the weight room, posting a 37-inch vertical leap, along with a 10-foot, two-inch standing broad jump. Gerald Dixon Jr. (34 reps) and Mike Matulis (30 reps) posted the top marks in the bench press.

Several former Gamecock players returned to support the current group, including NFL players Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, Bruce Ellington, Corey Robinson, Captain Munnerlyn, Darian Stewart, Ronald Patrick, Jamon Meredith, Kelcy Quarles and Tori Gurley.

Here are the results of yesterday’s testing:

NAME HGT WGT 40-YD DASH VERT (IN) BROAD (FT-IN) BENCH
Jerell Adams 6-5 1/4 252 – – – 18
Landon Ard 5-9 5/8 182 – – – –
Shon Carson 5-8 199 4.59 34 9-7 17
Pharoh Cooper 5-11 1/4 205 4.61 30.5 9-10 19
Gerald Dixon 6-1 5/8 264 5.19 24.5 8-9 24
Gerald Dixon Jr. 6-2 324 5.08 24 8-5 34
Phillip Dukes 6-2 1/4 319 – 24.5 8-0 23
Garrison Gist 5-8 1/4 243 5.21 27 8-2 28
T.J. Gurley 5-9 3/4 199 4.69 37 10-2 18
Mason Harris 6-2 5/8 232 4.74 34.5 10-1 –
Carlton Heard 5-11 3/8 188 4.69 36 10-0 18
Shamier Jeffery 6-0 7/8 192 4.69 32.5 9-8 –
Isaiah Johnson 5-11 3/4 212 4.78 30.5 9-7 18
Kaiwan Lewis 6-1 225 4.95 33 8-11 18
Mike Matulis 6-6 315 5.25 30.5 9-4 30
Brandon Shell 6-5 5/8 324 – – – –
Brandon Wilds 6-0 3/4 218 – 35 9-10 –

Gamecocks receiver Pharoh Cooper will likely be the first Gamecock chosen and he was excited about his performance at the Pro Day.

“I think I did great today, said Cooper. “I don’t know all of my times, but the route-running drills and catching the ball, punts, overall I felt like I did really good… I proved that I’ve got good route running and that I can catch the ball. They have always had questions about me catching the ball and route running, so I feel like I did good through the whole position drills. That’s something I looked forward to. I’m not a big test guy. I’m not going to run a 4.3 40. I’d just rather go out there and play football.”

Reps from the Giants, Steelers, Jets, Lions and Panthers were onhand for the South Carolina Pro Day in Columbia. Pittsburgh is rumored to have a strong interest in Cooper.

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