COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina heads into the final recruiting weekend with all the heavy work done.
All that remains between now and Wednesday's signing day is to try and sway a few recruits who remain uncommitted and also avoid any last-minute poaching by other schools.
According to 247Sports, it will be a light weekend for the Gamecocks as far as visits. Only three recruits, two already considered firm commitments, are scheduled for this weekend.
Commitments Dante Sawyer, a 4-star defensive end, and Jhaustin Thomas, a 3-star defensive end, are scheduled to visit this weekend along with 3-star defensive tackle Arthur Williams. Williams is presently committed to Florida State.
Actually, some of the most important visits regarding Gamecock recruits are happening elsewhere.
Cornerback Wesley Green, a 4-star recruit from Lithonia, Ga., is scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend. Recent defensive staff changes at Georgia reportedly has Green leaning toward the Gamecocks.
Defensive lineman Dexter Wideman is visiting Florida State. Wideman was an early commitment to the Seminoles but is said to be favoring the Gamecocks.
South Carolina has extended a late offer to 4-star wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. McKenzie has visited Florida and Ole Miss and is scheduled to visit Notre Dame this weekend.
One of the Gamecocks' most important recruits, cornerback Chris Lammons, will announce on signing day (Wednesday). He has it down to South Carolina and Wisconsin with a strong lean toward the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks enter the weekend with 18 firm commitments. If they happen to land even half of their remaining targets, it's going to be a solid class.
At present, 247Sports has South Carolina's class ranked 19th nationally. If the Gamecocks close impressively, look for that ranking to rise.
More important than rankings is the fact that Gamecocks have been able to address their need areas with this year's class.
After losing their top three cornerbacks and three out of four starters on the defensive line, those need areas were evident.
The Gamecocks have firm commitments from two cornerbacks, but if they land Lammons and Green as expected, that should give them the immediate help they're going to need next season.
Meanwhile, South Carolina has firm commitments from five defensive lineman, with a strong possibility of adding Wideman.
Elsewhere in the class, the Gamecocks managed to snag 4-start outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, 4-star offensive guard Donnell Stanley, 4-star wide receiver Shaq Davidson, and 4-star tight end Kevin Crosby.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tries to sign at least one quarterback every year, and the Gamecocks got one in Michael Scarnecchia, a 3-star, pro-style quarterback from Orange Park, Fla.
With the Gamecocks already three deep in scholarship quarterbacks, Scarnecchia is almost certain to redshirt next season.
Overall, it's not a large recruiting class, and it's not a particularly flashy one.
However, what it lacks in flash, it makes up for in substance and should position the Gamecocks to continue to build on their recent success.
All player rankings courtesy of 247Sports.
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