South Carolina's Chances at Landing Its Top 5 National Signing Day Targets

Lee SchechterContributor IIIJanuary 21, 2014

South Carolina's recruiting class has really taken form, but the Gamecocks are far from done. 

What looked like a weaker class at the start now has the potential to be an elite class. A few players are key to bringing the South Carolina 2014 recruiting class to the next level. 

The good news for Gamecock Nation is that the odds are in its favor. South Carolina is poised to finish in style and haul in some top-tier recruits. 

Not only will the team have more talent if these recruits decide to sign their letters of intent with South Carolina, but the Gamecocks will also stretch their recruiting prowess. 

Here are the top five recruits on South Carolina's target list and the Gamecocks' chances of landing each of these talented recruits. 


Damian Prince, OT; 6'5", 295 pounds; (District Heights, Md.)

Prince is the biggest potential gem of the South Carolina recruiting class. With size and footwork as a big offensive tackle, Prince has been highly recruited by many programs as a prize possession. He's also a 5-star talent, so teams are awestruck by his abilities. 

At the moment, Prince is a wild card, though he made a visit to South Carolina recently. As a Maryland native, his home state school of the University of Maryland has a good chance of hauling him in. The field is still pretty open.  

While the visit went well and South Carolina is rising on Prince's list, the odds are not in USC's favor. 

Chances: 15 percent


Derrell Scott, RB; 5'11", 180 pounds; (Havelock, N.C.) 

Who doesn't want Scott? He's an all-purpose back with all-around talent to make an impact on the ground and in the air. He fits the mold of what it takes to play as a running back in a Steve Spurrier-run offense. So can South Carolina get him to commit? 

Tennessee may make a hard push and the depth of running back at South Carolina could be a deterrent to Scott's arrival in Columbia. Though, the Gamecocks absolutely have the upper-hand. 

Chances: 80 percent


Wesley Green, CB; 5'11", 170 pounds; (Lithonia, Ga.)

Green fits an immediate need at cornerback for South Carolina. The losses of Victor Hampton, Jimmy Legree and Ahmad Christian are a lot for the Gamecocks to bounce back from. 

South Carolina has D.J. Smith as a part of the 2014 class now, but there is a huge need to land Green. 

The desire to acquire Green and the attention Green gets as National Signing Day approaches could go a long way in landing him. 

The battle is now between Georgia and South Carolina, yet Georgia is in the driver's seat. The Bulldogs are the home state elite program and have heavily recruited Green. This is a true recruiting battle as these two teams have developed quite an intense rivalry during the past ten years. 

Chances: 45 percent


Chris Lammons, CB; 5'9.5", 170 pounds; (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 

The same story applies to Lammons. South Carolina needs him. The Gamecocks need cornerbacks. 

Lammons decommitted from Florida in early January and now South Carolina is in control. 

It would be an absolute shock if Lammons goes anywhere other than South Carolina, though you never know with a recruit.

Chances: 90 percent


Dexter Wideman, DT; 6'4", 255 pounds; (Saluda, S.C.)

Wideman is committed to Florida State, so that means he's going there, right? 

Think again. While Jimbo Fisher and his staff keep trying to maintain the defensive tackle's commitment to the Seminoles, Wideman is growing farther apart from the program. 

South Carolina wants to increase the talent on the interior of the defensive line and build a true force for the future. Teaming Wideman up with all of the other recruits coming in this season and in 2015 would be ideal for the Gamecocks. 

He was all lined up to go to Florida State and that has changed quickly, so even though it looks like a done deal to get Wideman to South Carolina, once again, recruits can be unpredictable. 

Chances: 95 percent 


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.