South Carolina Football: Brandon Shell, Next Gamecock Superstar

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IApril 19, 2012

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Measuring in at 6'7" and 331 pounds, Brandon Shell has first-round NFL draft size. He's also related to NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell, which gives him a first-round pedigree.

Luckily for South Carolina Gamecocks fans, he's also got first-round ability. 

The scary part? He's a redshirt freshman. 

During South Carolina's spring game, he manhandled All-American candidate Jadeveon Clowney. He showed fantastic burst, excellent hands and great footwork. He plays the left-tackle position exactly the way it's supposed to be played. He hasn't seen any action yet in a real game, so it remains to be seen if his in-game action matches his practice and work-out performances. 

The chances are that it will. 

He's got an excellent football mind. His body weight isn't fat. He's a lean, muscular tackle. Calling a freshman a first-round candidate is possibly a stretch, but when you look at Brandon Shell, you can't help but see NFL teams already salivating over his potential. 

South Carolina's offensive line has been lacking a dominant lineman. They've had good ones, but never a great one. Shell has the potential to be in the elite category. 

He's another huge reason to be excited for the upcoming season. As long as he stays healthy, he is going to be an exciting offensive lineman to watch. 

When's the last time Gamecock fans have been excited watching offensive line play?