South Carolina Football Recruiting: Gamecocks' National Signing Day Wish List
With recruiting season winding down, the South Carolina Gamecocks are set to fill out the last few spots on their 2013 recruiting list.
While this year's group of recruits lack the major star power of the last few Gamecock classes, this group addresses many needs and is solid from top to bottom. The Gamecocks will rank in the 10-15 range by the end of the recruiting season, and that's not a bad thing.
With 2014's list of recruits interested in joining the Gamecocks a who's who of high school talent, how can the Gamecocks finish strong to make sure that the 2013 class not only continues the high mark set by those in the recent past, but also foreshadows the bright recruiting future?
Here's the Gamecock signing day wish list.
Keith Bryant should be the No. 1 objective of the coaches right now. The highly skilled 4-star defensive tackle has elite size to go with excellent athleticism.
He's is still listing the South Carolina Gamecocks right now, but has always favored either Florida State or Miami.
He would be added to a line that already boasts a plethora of young stars. The allure of playing with Jadeveon Clowney cannot be ignored.
Brad Lawing, long-time Gamecocks defensive line coach, has been replaced at South Carolina by the young and energetic Deke Adams from North Carolina.
Adams may be just the thing needed to push Mr. Bryant into the SEC.
An elite athlete, Yannick Ngakoue would be able to make an immediate impact for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
He's 6'3" and 240 pounds. With his wingspan and ability to move, he could be an instant star. He could rush the passer or play standing up. The sky is the limit for Ngakoue.
He would be a jewel in this class, and he's announcing on national signing day.
Taj Williams looks like an Auburn commit, but the 6'4" speedster could end up in garnet and black.
He's a 4-star player, but wouldn't be looked upon to make an immediate impact. His 160 pound frame won't be able to take the beating of the SEC right away, and he will need to add a solid 20 to 30 pounds before he can even safely carry around the 6'4" height he has.
South Carolina is extraordinarily deep at wide receiver right now and with two committed players already, they are probably on the outside looking in with Williams. However, he'd be a great and shocking grab on signing day.
Marquez Grayson is a 3-star all-purpose back. He has good height and a solid frame that could use some more muscle.
According to 247 Sports, he's warm on Wake Forest and cooling on the Gamecocks. This could be related to the commitment of 4-star running back David Williams. However, a back with his type of upside could be a nice bonus on signing day, even if he is a bit of a project for the SEC.
Skai Moore was committed to Rutgers and is seriously looking at the South Carolina Gamecocks.
This speedy 4-star linebacker would come at a time when the Gamecocks really need to have linebackers to develop for the future. He could be used in a wide range of roles and could easily take the place of Shaq Wilson as the weakside linebacker.
Another strong linebacker, Quinton Powell could be the next big middle linebacker star in the SEC. He's got the instincts, agility and awareness to make tackles all over the field.
He's also got tremendous strength and hitting ability. He'd be an enforcer and leader unlike anything the South Carolina Gamecocks have seen since Jasper Brinkley.
If the Gamecocks can land Powell, Ngakoue, and Moore, then the loss of star Matt Rolin to Florida won't feel nearly as bad.
In fact, the Gamecocks will be better off with that dynamic trio.