South Carolina Recruiting: Gamecocks Finish Strong on Signing Day

Charles Bennett@Charlie Bennett @Charlie73743721Contributor IFebruary 5, 2014

Cornerback Chris Lammons helped make signing day at South Carolina a success.
Cornerback Chris Lammons helped make signing day at South Carolina a success.Photo Courtesy of 247Sports.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Nobody was saying no to South Carolina on national signing day, and that resulted in a solid recruiting class for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina entered signing day looking for an affirmative answer to four key questions that could potentially turn a good signing class into a great one.

Would 4-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams hold firm in his commitment to the Gamecocks after a strong late push from Georgia?

Would 4-star cornerback Chris Lammons pick South Carolina over Wisconsin?

Would 4-star linebacker Dexter Wideman reverse his commitment to Florida State and sign with the Gamecocks?

And finally, would 4-star cornerback Wesley Green pick South Carolina over Georgia?

Answers of yes, yes, yes and yes, coupled with no unexpected, last-second defections, left coach Steve Spurrier feeling great about the Gamecocks' signing class.

"Right now, all the paper we have sent out has come back with a signature on it," Spurrier said. "It hasn't always been that way. A lot of times these guys at the end, you don't know which direction they're going. We're thrilled that all these players we thought we had a shot at it decided to come with us."

Green was the last signee, announcing his decision live on Fox Sports South on a recruiting show that originated in Atlanta.

With Georgia and South Carolina helmets in front of him, Green pulled out a Gamecock baseball cap and put it on while announcing his choice.

If anything, the Gamecocks will be getting a player with plenty of confidence in his ability.

"I'm an in-your-face corner," Green told the television audience. "If you don't like corners touching you, well you're going to hate me. I see myself as being that confident corner who can take on any receiver any given moment."

The most important part of the Gamecock class was addressing immediate areas of need.

South Carolina is losing three of four starters on the defensive line, including All-American end Jadeveon Clowney and All-American tackle Kelcy Quarles.

The Gamecocks signed seven defensive linemen, including three 4-star recruits.

At cornerback, the Gamecocks are losing their two starters, and their top backup decided to transfer.

South Carolina signed five cornerbacks, three of them with 4-star credentials.

Elsewhere, the Gamecocks added a 4-star offensive lineman in Donell Stanley, a 4-star tight end in Kevin Crosby and a 4-star wide receiver in Shaq Davidson.

"Overall, it was a very good class," Spurrier said. "I think they're going to fit in here very well and give us a chance for continued success here at South Carolina."

How many of South Carolina's incoming class will be able to contribute immediately remains to be seen, but Spurrier won't hesitate to give them a chance.

"There's some opportunity for these freshmen to play," Spurrier said. "We'll let them earn it as they go, but there's a good chance some of them could play a bunch next year."


All quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise indicated.

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