Despite missing out on a trio of talented recruits Wednesday, the South Carolina Gamecocks still managed to salvage what could have been a disappointing national signing day by adding 4-star linebacker Skai Moore (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) to their 2013 haul.
The Gamecocks' signing day struggles included 4-star outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (Washington, D.C.) spurning them for the Maryland Terrapins and 3-star prospect Tyrell Lyons (Jacksonville, Fla.) opting to remain with the Florida State Seminoles rather than head to South Carolina.
Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla.), a 4-star defensive tackle, also chose the Seminoles over the Gamecocks and the Miami Hurricanes during ESPNU's coverage of national signing day.
Still, South Carolina can consider the day a success with the addition of Moore, who is set to make an immediate impact for the Gamecocks:
Steve Spurrier Sr. said Skai Moore, at 6-2 and 205, is slotted at this point to start at the spur LB spot.
— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) February 6, 2013
Yes, you read that right. Moore turned in such an impressive senior season at the high school level that South Carolina's staff already believes he is talented enough to replace outgoing senior DeVonte Holloman at spur linebacker, which is a linebacker/safety hybrid position.
Moore helped lead University School to a state championship in December. The nation's No. 25 outside linebacker and No. 382 overall prospect tallied 16 tackles and one sack in the victory.
The incoming freshman has great speed for his position and is at his best when playing zone coverages. According to his ESPN scouting profile, Moore also "does a very good job with key and diagnosis reaction skills vs. the run and the pass."
All of those tools are requirements for a solid spur linebacker.
The only knock on Moore at this point in time is that he will need to add more muscle to his frame in order to fight off blocks and tackle the much larger offensive players he will face in the Southeastern Conference.
Although Moore is the projected starter, there will be plenty of competition between him and the four other linebackers in South Carolina's No. 21 ranked recruiting class, especially with 4-star prospect Larenz Bryant.
Adding Moore made up for missing out on the three other prospects the Gamecocks still had hopes of landing, and gave South Carolina a total of 21 recruits for the year.
If all goes well for Moore during fall camp, Gamecock fans should get used to hearing about this talented Floridian.
Note: All player and class rankings are courtesy of 247Sports.com.
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