Last year, in what turned out to be the precursor to the Jadeveon Clowney pickup, the Dixon brothers (Gerald G. and Gerald Jr., who are actually half-brothers) committed to the South Carolina Gamecocks as a tandem.
Their father, Gerald Sr. (no, really), played for South Carolina in 1990-91 before enjoying a 10-year NFL career.
After redshirting in 2011, are "Dixon North" (the nickname of Northwestern student Gerald Jr.) and "Dixon South" (South Pointe's Gerald G.) ready to contribute?
Gerald G. is a defensive end who would have been more highly recruited if it wasn't for Clowney stealing the limelight on the other side of the South Pointe line. He had 132 tackles and 19.5 sacks his senior year for one of the best programs in the state of South Carolina.
Not too shabby for Mr. South.
The larger of the half-brothers, Gerald Jr. had 100 tackles and 10 sacks from his position at defensive tackle. He was a destructive force in the middle of the field and an excellent run-stuffer.
They redshirted for a variety of reasons. Depth on the defensive line was the main purpose, but when you can stockpile talent like the Gamecocks could last year, you do it.
Both Dixons have added weight. With the added muscle and a year of coaching, they understand their positions better.
These two have not played a down of football for the team and are already fan favorites. The Dixon brothers will factor into the Gamecocks rotation next season.
The ceiling is especially high for Gerald G. The defensive end can power over people with his size (he's now pushing close to 285 pounds), but he also has great speed and athleticism. He could compete for a starting spot after Devin Taylor leaves for the NFL.
These two players are ready to shine for the garnet and black.