South Carolina 2012 Signing Day Results: Grading the Class

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier looks on during the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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South Carolina's recruiting class lacked sizzle, sparkle and drama. 

That's quite all right with the head ball coach; there aren't any holes in this class. There is one project-type player, and the rest can contribute—some right away.

There are potential stars. Most are high-character kids and highly recruited by big-name schools. 

Make no mistake, South Carolina's class is still widely regarded as one of the top 12-18 classes in the country. There is no Jadeveon Clowney or Marcus Lattimore, but there is enough here to continue South Carolina's winning ways. 


The Stars:

Shaq Roland, Wide Receiver

Mike Davis, Running Back

Chaz Elder, Defensive Back


The Potential Stars:

Jerell Adams, Tight End

Jordan Diggs, Defensive Back

Jody Fuller, Wide Reciever

Darius English, Defensive End

Kyle Fleetwood, Defensive Back 


The Immediate Contributors:

Joe Harris, Offensive Lineman

Brock Stadnik, Offensive Lineman

T.J. Gurley, Defensive Back

T.J. Holloman, Linebacker

Chris Moody, Defensive Back

Nick St. Germain, Kicker


Redshirt Players Who Will be Great Down the Road:

Carlos Hood, Defensive Tackle

Kaiwan Lewis, Linebacker

Rico McWilliams, Defensive Back

Brendan Nosovitch, Quarterback

Kelvin Rainey, Tight End

Kendric Salley, Running Back

Kwinton Smith, Wide Receiver

Clayton Stadnik, Center

Jhaustin Thomas, Defensive End

Cody Waldrop, Offensive Line


Low-Risk/High-Reward Project Player:

Mason Zandi, Offensive Line


The Gamecocks have come a long way. They used to get 2- to 3-star players exclusively, now they compete toe-to-toe with some of the biggest programs in the country.  It has snowballed into a dangerous sleeping giant in the SEC. 

This class is extremely deep. There are contributors across the board and plenty of sleeper stars. This class is deeper and more talented than 2011's, and that class had Jadeveon Clowney in it. 

Overall Grade:  A