South Carolina's 2014 recruiting campaign began with a slow start, quickly picked up and is now standing steady during the backstretch of the season. The Gamecocks can pull together a fairly strong recruiting class with a solid push for some remaining recruits.
With the rebound of success for the team and a shot at the SEC East title, South Carolina can ride some of its on-field momentum and convert it into recruiting achievements. The Florida and Clemson games are big recruiting opportunities for South Carolina.
There are already some key pieces for the South Carolina in the 2014 recruiting class, but head coach Steve Spurrier and his staff still have some work to do to round out a full class.
Here is an update on the Gamecocks' recruiting trail.
South Carolina is already a young team with the building blocks in place to have a really good team in 2014 and beyond. With depth at quarterback, wide receiver, offensive line and all around the defense, the Gamecocks have the talent to be successful.
As with every recruiting class, a team addresses the biggest needs. South Carolina is trying to bolster the interior of the defensive line and haul in some skill position players to follow in the footsteps of the deep pool of youngsters already in those slots like Mike Davis and Shaq Roland.
South Carolina has landed recruits to meet most of its needs, but one need is defensive end. The interior is well-structured, but the ends need to be addressed to continue the spree of South Carolina's identity as a strong pass-rushing team. Cornerback is another area the team could still use some more depth at.
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Shaq Davidson headlines the 2014 class so far. He is a top-tier talent from his class of receivers and an in-state prospect that continues South Carolina's trend of bringing in great in-state recruits. While a little undersized, Davidson is quick with sure hands and has the ability to make plays in open field. He could be a future offensive weapon in the passing game alongside Shaq Roland. The "Double Shaq Attack" might haunt opposing defenses in the near future.
Bryson Allen-Williams provides the Gamecocks with some much-needed help at linebacker, the weakest position on the current roster. Allen-Williams will add to the young talent and could have an immediate impact on the outside as an instinctual linebacker with solid fundamentals.
Abu Lamin is the big fella in the middle. A wide bodied, powerful tackle with junior college experience is just what South Carolina needs. Lamin fits the South Carolina style of play as a stout, powerful tackle who loves to disrupt plays.
Kevin Crosby is another in-state recruit who will add to the depth at tight end. He's a little short, but has great hands so he can impact the game with blocking and receiving.
Of the remaining targets to fill very few spots left in the 2014 recruiting class, the emphasis is on defensive end and cornerback.
Dante Sawyer is emerging as a top recruiting target as he is ready to make an impact at a school immediately and is showcasing some big-game skills during his senior year of high school. Dexter Wideman and Andrew Williams are also in the running, but it looks like Sawyer is the prime target for the Gamecocks.
D.J. Smith is the most wanted player for the secondary. South Carolina is in a battle with Clemson and Tennessee to land this cornerback with strong tackling skills.
Derrell Scott is the other big player from the group of targets. South Carolina wants more depth at running back with players who can have early impacts behind the lead of Mike Davis. Scott is a perfect fit for the Gamecocks offense.