South Carolina Football: Breaking Down Gamecocks' Newest 2014, 2015 Commits
The South Carolina Gamecocks had a huge weekend on the recruiting trail as it hosted its "Black Magic" recruiting night. The event set off a chain reaction of commitments that will bolster the Gamecocks' 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes.
The 2014 recruiting got off to a slow start this year, but now it is in high gear.
Head coach Steve Spurrier and his recruiters addressed defensive needs with the latest trio of Gamecocks' commits.
Not only did South Carolina haul in 2014 recruits, but it also made a big splash in the 2015 recruiting pool with the addition of a highly-rated linebacker. South Carolina's 2015 class is shaping up to be quite impressive.
Here is a break down of the Gamecocks' newest 2014 and 2015 recruits.
Taylor Stallworth, Defensive Tackle
Taylor Stallworth, a defensive tackle from Mobile, AL, was also on Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and a few other schools' radars.
Stallworth is a three-star recruit who stands at 6'2" and 285 pounds.
He provides some versatility outside of the traditional defensive tackle who puts his hand down and punches away at the offensive line. Stallworth has experience moving around to play defensive end and even some linebacker.
Stallworth is an intriguing player due to his versatility, but he will need to put in a lot of work to earn a lot of playing time. The defensive line is loaded for the future, meaning Stallworth will have a lot of competition at the position.
According to ESPN.com's scouting report:
Stallworth lacks in ideals in some areas, but can be an active and physical kid who with some polish and consistency in technique can offer some good production. We don't see an immediate contributor, and at the BCS level may best serve as more of a quality depth/wave player.
Stallworth may become a depth player on the line, but he is an interesting recruit to have and he should fit in well, assuming he does not pull his commitment. He is visiting multiple other schools this fall.
Abu Lamin, Defensive Tackle
Abu Lamin is a major commit for South Carolina, seeing as how he was also considering other SEC schools like Alabama, Florida and Arkansas.
Lamin is a physical monster at 6'4" and 305 pounds. The JUCO defensive tackle should feel at home on the Gamecocks' defensive line due to his massive size and ability to clog up the middle.
A consensus four-star, Lamin possesses good athleticism for his size, although he still has room to grow and get stronger.
Lamin told ESPN.com's Damon Sayles about his feelings toward committing to South Carolina over Alabama:
'I sat down and thought real hard about it. I mean, Alabama’s a great program,' Lamin said. 'But I just had to think about everything. They run a 3-4 [defense]; I’m not really a 3-4 guy, but it’s not like I couldn’t do it. At the end of the day, I wanted to go to South Carolina and be closer to home.'
Lamin was a star in Fayetteville, N.C., and is ready to be close to home and work his way into a big role on the Gamecocks' defensive line.
He may be slow, but makes up for it in his strength.
According to ESPN.com's Damon Sayles, "Lamin is a 300-pound lineman who bench presses 405 pounds and squats 585."
Lamin will have three years of eligibility at the NCAA level.
Sherrod Pittman, Linebacker
Sherrod Pittman is the real deal when it comes to linebackers.
Pittman, at 6'1", 215 pounds, is an intense linebacker who is just one of many key defensive recruits in the Gamecocks' 2015 class.
He really has it all. Pittman is quick, has good hands, reads defenses well and can tackle very effectively. He is not afraid to lay down a big hit.
According to ESPN.com's scouting report, "Pittman plays the linebacker position with very good athleticism and a lot of natural ability. Has the potential for early playing time at the next level if his size and playing strength continue to improve."
He is a four-star linebacker and is absolutely ready for the next level.
South Carolina needs some help at the linebacker position for the future. Larenz Bryant is a freshman this year and there are a lot of young players at the position, but Pittman provides the Gamecocks with a solid prospect.
Florida made a strong push for Pittman, though South Carolina won the recruiting battle and gets an impressive young player.