South Carolina Football Recruiting: The Gamecocks' Class of 2012 Is as Expected

Adam GarrettAnalyst IFebruary 2, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  A general view of the Kentucky Wildcats against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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National signing day is now just a brief memory for Gamecock fans.

It wasn't an exciting day for recruiting fans, but sometimes it's just better that way.

The Gamecocks were able to sign all of the recruits they had committed coming into National Signing Day; 22 players signed on the dotted line on Wednesday, along with three players who were early enrollees for South Carolina. 

It is always nice when the biggest day of the year for college recruiting goes as expected.

There were some big names in this group like RB Mike Davis, WR Shaq Roland, CB Chaz Elder and OT Brock Stadnik. Roland was the lone 5-star recruit for the Gamecocks, as had him listed as a 5-star and the No. 4 receiver in the nation. He's expected to play a big role in the 2012 receiving group, and the Gamecocks hope he'll be able to replicate some of the production lost when Alshon Jeffery entered the NFL draft.

Roland and Davis battled for the highest overall ranking in most recruiting services, and both were considered the Gamecocks' best prospects.

There are plenty of other names who signed with USC that drew plenty of interest.

CB Rico McWilliams had offers from schools like N.C. State, Virginia, Mississippi State and Nebraska. He even drew some interest from Alabama. OG Joe Harris had offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Florida State. DE Jhaustin Thomas, whom some believe could be a sleeper in this class, had offers from Florida, Auburn and Mississippi.

South Carolina picked up several needs in this group, including adding six defensive backs, three wide receivers and two tight ends. The offensive line had five signees with two early enrolles in Brock and Clayton Stadnik, and local product Mason Zandi from Chapin, S.C.

This class is balanced and also has plenty of players with great character. South Carolina has been a better "team" the last few years, and you can see that bringing in higher quality recruits with solid backgrounds has made for a better football team.

Carolina fans should be extremely pleased with this kind of talent coming to Columbia, and the winning ways of 2010 and 2011 should continue going forward into the future.

As they say, it's great to be a Gamecock!