South Carolina Football: Massive Offensive Linemen Recruits Bode Well for Future

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2013

South Carolina Football: Massive Offensive Linemen Recruits Bode Well for Future

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    While South Carolina's recruiting class hasn't garnered much buzz, the coaches knew exactly what they were doing.  While skill players grab stars and headlines, the Gamecocks went with a different approach in this year's recruiting cycle. 

    The in-state "star" talent wasn't there in 2012.  So, they decided to build from the trenches. 

    The Gamecocks grabbed five massive offensive linemen that will be formidable SEC linemen in the coming years.  While many media outlets won't praise a haul like that, the future looks bright at one of the most important and underrated parts of football. 

    Let's take a look at the new offensive linemen. 

D.J. Park

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 335 lbs

    Rivals Star Ranking: 4-Star


    D.J. Park is one of the jewels of this class.  His size is elite, and he's athletic.  He's strong and quick. 

    He's also highly intelligent.  Rivals has his G.P.A listed at a 3.4. 

    He was a highly sought after recruit who was chased by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU and many other top programs.  He's a future starter and potential star. 

Na'Ty Rodgers

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 278 lbs

    Rivals Star Ranking: 4-Star


    Rodgers wins the award for best hair of this years recruiting class.  Beyond that though, he's a tough-as-nails lineman who had an offer list a mile wide.  He's got great size and a frame that will be able to add weight in muscle. 

    He's got an excellent base and uses his hands well.  Another potential starter down the road. 

J.P. Vonashek

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    Height: 6'6"

    Weight: 255 lbs

    Rivals Star Ranking: 3-star


    A high ceiling player who was injured his senior season, Vonashek still garnered offers from Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee and many others. 

    His unfortunate injury kept him from putting on weight.  However, a red-shirt year and some tough love from the Gamecock trainers will have this intelligent 6'6" player looking to contribute. 

Alan Knott

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    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 275 lbs

    Rivals Star Ranking: 3-star 


    Another large lineman, the 6'5" Knott is a mauler who could very well be a great guard at the next level.  He's stout in run blocking and his highlight video is really impressive. 

    Thre is one thing missing on his film. He doesn't seem to have the burst that you'd like to see out of an SEC lineman.  However, he looks polished with his overall technique.

Bryce King

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    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 300 lbs

    Rivals Star Ranking: 3-star


    Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the future starter at center for the South Carolina Gamecocks. 

    Bryce King is an excellent player with elite size and strength.  He's smart, quick and agile.  He comes up quick from the snap.  He's literally everything you could want from a center.  He was also the third ranked center in the entire class. 

    This is a great athlete who will start down the road. 


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    This offensive linemen class warrants a big fat A+ when it comes to grading.  Steve Spurrier will be smiling in a couple of years. 

    The Gamecocks basically nabbed an entire starting offensive line in this class.  While they will all likely red-shirt (although D.J. Park could grab some early playing time), these guys will all contribute.  They're polished and very large. 

    They average out to be 6'5" and 288.6 pounds (including the weight-challenged Vonashek).  That's a large group of young men.  With great coaching and a year of training, you've got a group that could end up being an elite offensive line.