5 2015 Recruits South Carolina Gamecocks Fans Should Be Following This Summer
The summer recruiting trail is starting to pick up for the South Carolina Gamecocks as head ball coach Steve Spurrier has his staff actively pursuing a number of highly rated prospects.
The Gamecocks are in the mix to land five of the top 10 junior college recruits, which is a staggering number of players who are probably more ready than others to have an immediate impact.
Among the high school seniors, South Carolina has positioned itself as an elite program that is ready to take the next step toward winning an SEC title and making the new playoff system.
The Gamecocks are building a top defense while establishing a powerful offense that can compete at the highest level. Recruits are taking notice of the recent success of Spurrier's teams, and the staff is using this on the recruiting trail.
The Gamecocks are after many upper-tier prospects; however, here are the five 2015 recruits that South Carolina fans should be following this summer.
Shameik Blackshear, WDE (Bluffton, S.C.)
Weight: 240 pounds
Shameik Blackshear is already committed to South Carolina, but that just means you should keep even more of an eye on him.
He will more than likely be the top recruit hauled in by head ball coach Steve Spurrier and his staff in the 2015 class. He's absolutely explosive and could start from Day 1.
With the raw skills of a Jadeveon Clowney 2.0, Blackshear possesses the frame and hand usage to elevate his game at the college level. He can become a true menace in the pass rush.
His first step out of his stance is good for a youngster and will only improve with time. Once he gets the point of attack down, there will be no stopping him unless offenses start to send more players in his direction in double- and triple-teams. And that will open up great opportunities for his teammates, who should be a talented group of defensive linemen, too.
Blackshear is the crown jewel of the 2015 recruiting class, and if you don't know him yet, you should. He's the real deal, and the Gamecocks just need to keep him happy and get that letter of intent. After that, the possibilities are endless.
D.J. Jones, DT (Piedmont, S.C.)
Weight: 305 pounds
D.J. Jones is one of the elite junior college prospects in the 2015 recruiting, class and South Carolina is set up to land him.
He is big and mean on the interior of the line, which makes him a prime target for the Gamecocks defense. His game has improved a lot at the junior college level, and now he is ready to get onto a powerhouse D-I football team. Jones is looking no further than South Carolina as the place to launch his career.
He takes up space and remains active. He's a little short, but that does not mean much since he moves well and has such a wide body.
South Carolina does not want to let him slip away from joining the team in 2015.
Dante Sawyer, WDE (Suwanee, Ga.)
Weight: 262 pounds
Dante Sawyer was all set to go to South Carolina this fall until academic standards forced him to take a year of classes at junior college. He might have been right in the mix of the starting rotation as a freshman if he had qualified academically at South Carolina.
Now he is going to be working hard to raise his grades and get to the school. No other program looks like it will be able to lure one of the prized junior college recruits away from the Gamecocks.
South Carolina can continue its focus on junior college players in the 2015 recruiting class by landing Sawyer to go along with D.J. Jones and three other potential commits in Marquavius Lewis, Paris Palmer and Davon Durant.
Sawyer is stout and active in every play, as he has a high motor. Pairing him with some longer-bodied players, Blackshear and other defensive line recruits from the 2015 class would put South Carolina in excellent position to have a potent pass rush and defensive front.
Continue to watch Sawyer because he should be in Columbia in the fall of 2015.
Jalen Christian, ATH/WR/CB (Damascus, Md.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Jalen Christian is a little guy with a small frame. However, he is a big-time player due to his versatility as a pure athlete.
Considering the need to build depth at cornerback and the current strength of the wide receiver position, he makes sense as a cornerback. He may be small in coverage, but he has the ability to change direction quickly and make plays with good ball skills.
He is fast, and who knows—Spurrier could play him both ways if need be.
Christian may be small, but he is a player to watch this summer and throughout the fall because he packs a big game.
Lorenzo Nunez, Dual-Threat QB (Kennesaw, Ga.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Eyes have shifted toward Lorenzo Nunez in South Carolina's quest to land a quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class. Brandon Wimbush was originally a high target for the Gamecocks, though he gravitated toward former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and committed to Penn State.
Nevertheless, Nunez may be the more attractive recruit for the South Carolina football program.
He is really quick on his feet with arguably better scrambling skills than those of Wimbush. And what is impressive about Nunez is that he has a good arm, which will improve with time.
He is between North Carolina State and South Carolina for his final decision, though he seems to be leaning toward South Carolina.
Keep your eyes on him because he should wind up as a future starting quarterback for the Gamecocks.