South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer had a message for Gamecocks fans this week regarding Tennessee Vols wide receiver Jalin Hyatt.

Beamer wants South Carolina fans to know it’s not his fault that the Gamecocks didn’t recruit Hyatt.

Hyatt is from Irmo, SC (just outside of Columbia, SC), but he was never offered by South Carolina.

Jamie Hyatt, Jalin’s father, told ESPN’s Chris Low recently that Will Muschamp, who was the head coach at South Carolina at the time, said his son needed to “eat more peanut butter”.

From ESPN:

Jamie remembers a conversation they had with Muschamp the summer before Jalin’s junior year in high school. Jamie said Jalin ran a scorching 40-yard dash and that Muschamp even called Jalin’s high school coach at Dutch Fork, Tom Knotts, to tell him it was one of the fastest 40 times he’d ever seen.

When they met afterward, Jamie said Muschamp looked at Jalin and said, “Man, you’re fast, but you need to eat more peanut butter.”

At that point, nothing else needed to be said.

“I still talk to Coach Muschamp and we chop it up. [Georgia] is recruiting my younger son,” said Jamie, whose son Devin is attending IMG Academy. “But I can tell you — and I don’t think Coach Muschamp meant it personally — that our business was done with South Carolina after that. We needed to move on, and I know Jalin has used it for motivation.”

Beamer was the tight ends coach at Oklahoma (under then Sooner head coach Lincoln Riley) when Hyatt was being recruited, so he had nothing to do with South Carolina’s ill-advised decision to not offer the stud wide receiver.

“Jalin Hyatt is a phenomenal football player,” said Beamer on Tuesday. “I was coaching at the University of Oklahoma when he graduated and chose to go to Tennessee.”

“I’ve certainly heard from people about what an idiot I am that I didn’t recruit Jalin Hyatt,” added Beamer. “Well, blame Lincoln Riley at Southern Cal because we didn’t recruit him at Oklahoma.”

There’s no doubt that Hyatt has this game circled. Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker admitted as much when asked about Hyatt this week. There will be no shortage of motivation for Hyatt to show out in Columbia.

And if he needs some added motivation, he can just listen to comments made by South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith on Tuesday. Smith said he “likes his odds” when guarding Hyatt over the top.

Good luck with that. I haven’t seen anyone in college football faster than Hyatt so far this season.

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