South Carolina Football: All About The Future

Ashton AContributor IDecember 18, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 28:  Stephon Gilmore #5 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs off the field during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Being a Gamecock fan, it's hard not to get excited about the 2010 season.

You want to know why?

South Carolina has the second youngest team in the nation (behind Boise State) and could finish this year at an 8-5 record. The Gamecocks lose nine seniors. And with two Freshman All-Americans and a quarterback that is only getting better and better, the future can't get any brighter.

But wait, it gets better.

South Carolina landed huge commitments in Kelcy Quarles, Eric Mack and A.J. Cann. USC is also looking at seventh ranked player in the country Marcus Lattimore, and the eighth ranked player Sharrif Floyd. If the Gamecocks come out of National Signing day with these players, you know they will be loaded with talent.

USC will lose a key part of their offense in WR Moe Brown. They also will lose C Garrett Anderson, who split time throughout the season with  Lemuel Jeanpierre (also a senior). But, with the new talent coming in on the offensive line, they should be O.K. next year. And even though losing Moe Brown is huge, the Gamecocks are deep in the position of wide receiver.

On defense, there are significant loses in Nathan Pepper, Eric Norwood, and Darian Stewart. These guys were all great Gamecocks, and their back-ups will have big shoes to fill next year. But the guys that will replace them next year (Straughter, Holloman, and Kenny Davis) have played significant time throughout this year. USC was ranked 15th in the country in total defense (3rd in the SEC) and don't expect that to change.

"Get ready to win. Get ready to win it all, it's going to happen" -Stephen Garcia.

Will 2010 be the year?