South Carolina Football: Gamecocks' Top Priority on National Signing Day

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2013

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01:  Coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks directs play during a 33 - 28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The South Carolina Gamecocks have one true priority for National Signing Day. 

They need linebacker help in the worst way. 

Given the idea that all committed players stick to their commitments, the Gamecocks look to be in pretty good shape with this class.  It isn't the greatest of all the Steve Spurrier South Carolina classes, but it will rank in the top 20. 

While I've already compiled a wish list of recruits that would really help bolster the program, there are two names that come to the top of the list and rank as the biggest priorities. 

Those names belong to 4-star linebackers Skai Moore and Yannick Ngakoue

Skai Moore is a 6'2" 210 pound wrecking ball at outside linebacker from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He's a player with the type of frame SEC coaches drool over.  He's also got plenty of speed and range and could immediately contribute at linebacker for the Gamecocks. 

According to ESPN, he runs a 4.69 forty and some of his key traits are his ability to diagnose plays, his outside run support and his excellent tackling and coverage skills. 

This would be a huge grab for the Gamecocks. 

Yannick Ngakou would be an even bigger grab. 

At 6'3" and 240 pounds, Ngakou has elite size.  He's also athletic and is ranked as the fourth best linebacker in the country.  He could start for the Gamecocks in 2013. 

If these two players commit elsewhere, I'd consider the recruiting class of 2013 a minor disappointment.  If they become Gamecocks, this is another home-run class that meets many of the team's needs. 

These two are must-haves.