South Carolina 2012 Signing Day Results: Grading the Class
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.
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
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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
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