South Carolina currently has a very strong recruiting class. There is no way of denying that.
Even though the recruiting season got off to a really slow start, South Carolina is ready for an impressive grand finale.
With the addition of cornerback D.J. Smith on January 13, South Carolina has the opportunity to strengthen up the class even more with some highly regarded recruits.
The Gamecocks are not only targeting and wishing for these recruits, but they also have a great chance of landing at least three of the four.
Here is South Carolina's 2014 national signing day wish list.
He has been committed to Florida State, but that isn't stopping Dexter Wideman from considering other schools and from other schools considering him.
As one of the better defensive tackle recruits in the 2014 class, Wideman is garnering a lot of attention. South Carolina does not want this in-state defensive gem to slip away.
The Gamecocks have established an image of being "Defensive Line U," especially with Jadeveon Clowney. Having already landed Dante Sawyer, Abu Lamin, Jhaustin Thomas and 2015 recruit Shameik Blackshear, the future is very promising for South Carolina's defensive line. So why not make it more promising?
Wideman is only 255 pounds right now, which is a bit undersized for an interior lineman, though he is very strong and explosive out of his stance. He has a solid motor and shows intensity and effort on the football field.
Wideman can boost what should already be a very good defensive line of the future.
The latest predictions from 247sports are saying it is unanimous that Wideman will end up as a Gamecock by National Signing Day.
He's been on South Carolina's list for a long time. And South Carolina has been on his list for a long time.
It's Derrell Scott, the 4-star running back for Havelock, North Carolina.
Scott is the type of back that South Carolina desires. He is a do-it-all running back.
Scott is effective in the passing game, shifty in the running game and is a dynamic offensive weapon who could develop a similar playing style to that of Mike Davis.
While South Carolina has Davis for at least one more season and David Williams lined up to replace Davis, whenever the latter decides to leave, Scott could have a future with the Gamecocks. A tandem backfield of Williams and Scott could quickly become the most potent combination in the SEC and possibly the country.
He's agile, light on his feet and has great hands, so what isn't there for the Gamecocks to like about Scott?
Right now, it would be a surprise if Scott decides to go to school anywhere other than South Carolina.
Damian Prince is one of the top targets remaining in the country. He is a highly touted 5-star recruit out of Maryland.
As an offensive tackle, Prince is in high demand because he is already 6'5" and 295 pounds, and his size will only improve with time. To go along with his frame, Prince is excellent on his feet and is a true athlete at the position and not just a big guy who can block.
Prince has a lot of hype surrounding him, though he has the potential to develop into an elite offensive tackle. It's his quickness, footwork and ability to get out of his stance that impresses the most—all extremely valuable qualities.
South Carolina has a strong recent history of having good offensive lineman, and it is now paying dividends as the number of upper-tier offensive line recruits considering South Carolina has increased.
It's not a done deal that Prince will come to South Carolina. While the Gamecocks are gaining recruiting ground with each day and Prince is showing a heightened interest in the school, 247sports is saying that Prince will remain in state and attend the University of Maryland.
One of the biggest needs that South Carolina has to address is in the secondary, specifically, at cornerback. The losses of Vic Hampton to the draft, Jimmy Legree to graduation, and Ahmad Christian—who transferred out shortly before the bowl game—were a major blow to the defense.
Sure, the Gamecocks landed D.J. Smith and Al Harris. Though, that is still not enough.
Adding Wesley Green to the mix would give South Carolina a solid core of cornerbacks in the secondary for years to come. A duo of Smith and Green on the outside in the pass defense would be an explosive combo for the garnet and black.
Green is a 4-star recruit with good quickness and the instincts to play the position at a high level in college. At 5'11" and 170 pounds, he has an average frame, though he uses it well.
He has upcoming visits to South Carolina this weekend and Georgia the following weekend—the final two schools in the running for him. The table is slightly tilted toward Georgia, but a great visit can change that quickly. Almost as quickly as this kid can run a 40-yard dash.
Recruiting information courtesy of 247 Sports.