The Gamecocks have had some recent success with freshman players the last few seasons. Names like Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery have all had some serious impact on South Carolina's season their freshman years.
This year's incoming class of freshman receivers have a chance to make an immediate impact given the uncertainty at the wide receiver position. The Gamecocks have returning talent in Ace Sanders, Damiere Byrd, Bruce Ellington and K.J. Brent, but the opportunity is there for the young freshman to step in right away.
The best option coming for South Carolina is Shaq Roland from Lexington High School. Roland won Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina for his superb senior year. Roland caught 79 passes in 2011 for 1,546 yards with 19 receiving touchdowns. He also scored 10 rushing touchdowns as well. He's got good hands and has speed in the 4.45 range in the 40-yard-dash.
His basketball background certainly helps with positioning on the jump ball, as does his leaping ability. Roland has a chance to make an impact like Alshon Jeffery did his freshman season. It may take a few games for the freshman to get involved, but once he does, be on the lookout for some great plays from this true freshman.
The other two incoming freshman receivers are Jody Fuller and Kwinton Smith. Fuller may be the more game-ready receiver now, as he has good size at 6'0" tall and weighing 200 pounds. His strong, sturdy frame gives him the ability to get open and make the tough catch.
Smith is a taller receiver, standing 6'3" tall, but has deceptive speed and is a solid route runner. He's a dual-sport athlete playing both baseball and football and plans to play baseball at the next level. This should tell you he's an athlete.
All three players can offer something a little different on the field. The opportunity will be there for all three to step in and play. They just need to be prepared to the fullest.
It's always good to have options.