South Carolina Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
Make sure to follow this exclusive tracker from now until national signing day for the latest news and happenings surrounding the South Carolina Gamecocks’ 2014 recruiting class.
The class is building slowly, but there is a lot of time left before signing day, and a number of top recruits are eying the program. Here is a look at the commitments, top targets and scheduled visits for the 2014 class. Click here to check out where all of South Carolina’s top 2014 recruits hail from.
Note: All recruiting rankings via 247Sports.
Tuesday, June 4
See where the top 2014 recruits hail from with Bleacher Report's interactive recruiting map.
Thursday, May 30
The battle for 4-star running back Nick Chubb is getting heated with a number of top SEC programs battling for his services.
The Georgia native has the Gamecocks near the top of his list, but Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida are all in the running for his signature.
The top two on his list are the Bulldogs and Gamecocks. He has recently taken unofficial visits to Auburn and Georgia, with Georgia carrying an edge, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
His recruitment is far from over, but the Bulldogs are the current team to beat, and it doesn’t appear to be that close. A decision is expected soon.
Monday, May 27
It’s a two-horse race for 4-star wide receiver Shaq Davidson after he took an unofficial visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend.
After spending the weekend in Auburn, Davidson has named Auburn and South Carolina his top two schools, according to Bryan Matthews with Auburn Undercover (subscription required). With experience at quarterback returning in 2014, the Gamecocks should have the edge.
Davidson has not set a commitment date. His recruitment could end tomorrow, or on national signing day.
Davidson is No. 74 on the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Wednesday, May 15
The Gamecocks have been a funnel for top defensive line talent over the past few years, and 5-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand is taking notice.
Hand is the No. 2 player in the 2014 class and is working his way through his top schools this summer. His last visit was to Columbia for junior day, and the defensive linemen caught his eye.
He told Keith Niebuhr (subscription required) with 247Sports that “At South Carolina, what stands out is just the defensive linemen.” He is down to a list of five, but when asked which team stands out, Hand responded "I'm all over the place.”
He lists South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and Virginia Tech as his top five.
The Gamecocks have a pending commitment possible with 4-star quarterback Drew Barker making his decision this Friday.
He made his announcement known via his Twitter account:
I will be announcing my college commitment on Friday, May 10, at the Conner High School auditorium around 330. Everyone is welcome to come!— -Drew Barker- (@D_Barker7) May 2, 2013
South Carolina pulled in a top prospect in Connor Mitch this past cycle, and it has Brendan Nosovitch in the fold. Still, picking up a commitment from Barker would change the future.
He is a talented player with a live arm who produced 2,072 yards through the air as a junior. He also added 1,455 rushing yards to his stat line. He combined for 40 touchdowns.
Barker is high on Kentucky as well, but an established offense and title chances will likely steer him in the direction of Columbia. The Crystal Ball Prediction feature from 247Sports has Barker as a heavy Gamecocks lean.
We will know soon enough.
The Gamecocks have produced a lot of defensive line talent over the past half-decade, and that will continue if 4-star defensive lineman Dexter Wideman lands in Columbia.
Wideman is a talented defensive lineman who has offers from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida to name a few. He is currently high on the Gamecocks, but he is expected to wait until after his senior season to make a decision.
According to Phil Kornblut with PalmettoSports.com, there may also be qualifying issues ahead. Wideman’s head coach Doug Painter told Kornbult “It's on his plate now and nobody can do the work for him.”
Assuming he can qualify, Wideman is expected to end up as a Gamecock.
South Carolina is starting this recruiting cycle off slow, with only three commitments in this class.
The class is headlined by 4-star outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams. He joined the class in mid-April and is the No. 179 player in this cycle. He was the second linebacker to commit to South Carolina.
The Gamecocks first commitment of this cycle was 3-star inside linebacker Joe Blue. Blue lacks ideal height at 5’11”, but he is a fiery player who fits the 4-2-5 scheme well.
A big pickup for the Gamecocks was 3-star tight end Kalan Ritchie to end April. He has taken three visits to campus, committing shortly after his appearance at junior day.
This offense needs a threat from tight end to be dangerous. Ritchie fills a major void.
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