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SEC 4-Star Sophomore Has Been Medically Disqualified

General view of Williams-Brice Stadium.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

One of South Carolina's biggest recruits in the 2017 class will no longer be able to play for the Gamecocks. The former top recruit has been ruled unable to play.

SC head coach Will Muschamp announced this evening that Davonne Bowen, a four-star recruit in the '17 class, has been medically disqualified. He had previously suffered a neck injury and it was reported that his career was likely over.

Muschamp confirmed the bad news this evening.

"Davonne was a guy we were really excited about," Mushcamp told reporters. "A guy that, speed-wise, could do some things for us on special teams. I thought he progressed well at LB."

Bowen was a four-star linebacker in the 2017 class. He was one of the most-accomplished high school players in the state. 247Sports ranked him the No. 16 OLB in the country.

The linebacker suffered a couple of stinger neck injuries in 2017. The stingers reportedly returned during spring practice.

South Carolina opens its 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Coastal Carolina.