South Carolina Football Recruiting: Looking at the WR Position for 2013
The Gamecocks have had a lot of success under head coach Steve Spurrier when it comes to the wide receiver position.
Sidney Rice, Kenny McKinley and Alshon Jeffery all came in and set multiple receiving records under Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks coaching staff during the past seven seasons.
The future is bright for several receivers currently on campus, but you're always looking for the next superstar. There are a few prospects in the 2013 recruiting class that the Gamecocks are after.
Here's a look at some of the recruits South Carolina has a chance to land in 2013 at wide receiver.
No. 1: WR Mike Williams
Wide receiver Mike Williams is a local product from the state of South Carolina that appears set to choose between in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson.
The 6'4", 210-pound receiver from Lake Marion High School in Santee, South Carolina has that big frame and leaping ability that you've seen from previous Gamecocks Sidney Rice and Alshon Jeffery. Williams isn't the fastest receiver around, as his 40-yard dash is listed at 4.53, but he makes up for it with great hands and a long wingspan.
Some of his listed offers include Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, but he will pick between Clemson and South Carolina on July 31.
He's gone back and forth between the two as his favorite school, but Williams is a priority for South Carolina.
There is a need for a player of his size and frame at the wide receiver position for the Gamecocks. He's a must-get on the recruiting trail.
No. 2: WR Kyrin Priester
Kyrin Priester, one-time Georgia commitment, recently tweeted that he could be on the verge of committing to South Carolina soon.
Priester can bring a lot of talent to the wide receiver position. The 6'2", 185-pound wide receiver from Snellville, Georgia has the hands, deceptive speed and ability to catch in traffic that is useful at the next level.
The offer list for Priester includes Georgia, Vanderbilt and TCU, but his eyes are on the Gamecocks. When will he pull the trigger? It could be any day now, so South Carolina fans need to be on the lookout for Priester.
No. 3: WR Alvin Bailey
Alvin Bailey is a guy deeper on the wide receiver board for the Gamecocks in 2013, but is someone to keep an eye on.
The 5'11", 175-pound wide receiver from Seffner, Florida has an impressive offer list, but recently named Central Florida as his top school, according to his 247sports.com profile, followed by Michigan, South Carolina, Florida State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Auburn and Texas A&M.
It'll be interesting to see if a school like Florida makes a push for Bailey, but Central Florida looks to be int the best shape now.
South Carolina will keep their eye on Bailey if it misses on players like Mike Williams and Kyrin Priester. He'll likely end up elsewhere, but with the way things happen in recruiting, he could end up at South Carolina.
No. 4: WR Taj Williams
Taj Williams isn't a name you've heard mentioned much before when it comes to South Carolina.
However, he's certainly a player that the Gamecocks have kept an eye on during the 2013 recruiting cycle. Wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Junior made a visit to Williams back in May to see the 6'4", 170-pound wide receiver.
Alabama, South Carolina and South Florida are schools listed with the "warmest" interest, according to 247sports.com. The Gamecocks would like the wide receiver to come to campus for a closer look before they decide whether or not Williams is a prospect they would like to heavily pursue.
Williams is another tall receiver in the mold of Mike Williams, but does seem to have a bit more speed with a 40-yard dash timed at 4.40 seconds. He's got the size on his side and can certainly become an elite receiver at the next level if he's able to add some weight to his thin frame.
The Gamecocks could make a move on Williams if they decide he's worth the pursuit. There are a limited number of spots for wide receivers based on 19 total commitments, so South Carolina has to be very selective with who they go after and who they will let commit to the Gamecocks.
Other WR Prospects to Watch
The four wide receiver recruits in the previous slides appear to be the main group for the Gamecocks at the wide receiver position in the class of 2013.
There are, however, a few other recruits they have recruited along the way and are certainly worth mentioning.
- Tramel Terry: This wide receiver from Goose Creek is committed to Georgia, but recently visited for the Gamecocks' Showcase Camp. Is he considering dropping the Bulldogs again? It's unlikely, but certainly worth mentioning.
- Demarcus Robinson: Robinson is related to former Gamecock wide receiver Marcus Robinson, but committed to Clemson over the past weekend. South Carolina was involved but finished behind the Tigers in this recruiting battle.
- Zach Bradshaw: Bradshaw was a wide receiver interested heavily in the Gamecocks before committing to Penn State. The recent sanctions against Penn State could open up his recruitment, but it remains to be seen whether the Gamecocks will be interested at this point.
- Jonathan Rumph: This junior college wide receiver is originally from South Carolina and has seen his stock rise with 16 offers while in junior college. The Gamecocks went after Rumph but he will likely head elsewhere in the SEC.
- Corey Cooper: This wide receiver named the Gamecocks his leader back in May, according to 247sports.com. He's one of the top players in the state of North Carolina, but will likely not be a future commitment of the Gamecocks.
Of these five receivers, Jonathan Rumph would be the most likely candidate to end up at South Carolina.
Most Likely to Commit
The two most likely wide receiver commitments are Mike Williams and Kyrin Priester.
Williams, as mentioned in a previous slide, has favored the Gamecocks and the Tigers at some point during this process, but proximity to his home town and favorable depth chart with the Gamecocks should give South Carolina the edge.
Priester, on the other hand, has publicly proclaimed his high interest in South Carolina as mentioned by the tweet referenced in slide No. 2. He named South Carolina his leader since decommitting from Georgia and is basically waiting until the right moment to commit.
South Carolina would increase the talent on the depth chart if it is able to add these two recruits in the class of 2013.