It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Shane Beamer recruiting for the Gamecocks!

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Shane Beamer is making his rounds on the recruiting trail — and he’s doing it in style.

South Carolina’s head football coach is traveling to visit high school recruits in a helicopter Wednesday, a video posted by the Gamecocks’ Twitter account confirmed.

“Time to go recruit,” Beamer said in the video as he walked to the helicopter.

Beamer plans to visit three in-state high school prospects, including 247Sports Composite four-star defensive lineman Monteque Rhames (Sumter, class of 2023) and two current high school sophomore offensive linemen, Josiah Thompson (Dillon) and Kam Pringle (Woodland).

Wednesday falls under the NCAA’s contact period for meeting with prospective players. During a contact period, coaches and other athletic department staff are permitted to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts, as well as visit recruits on their high school campuses, according to the NCAA’s website. This contact period runs through Saturday.

Most of Beamer’s current recruiting efforts are aimed at future classes, including the class of 2023 and beyond.

Beamer is known for taking the USC airplane for recruiting trips, but this is the first time in recent memory any Gamecocks coach has used a helicopter.

The final signing period for the class of 2022 begins one week from Wednesday, and South Carolina currently has one high school commitment expected to sign in the class. 247Sports Composite three-star athlete DeQuandre Smith from Columbia’s Spring Valley High School committed in December.

South Carolina’s 2022 class is ranked No. 25 in the country and No. 12 in the SEC as of Wednesday, according to the 247Sports Composite.

The Gamecocks are also expected to make their five transfer portal acquisitions official, including former Georgia defensive back Lovasea Carroll, who announced his move to South Carolina to play running back Monday.

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