South Carolina Football 2011: Gamecock Recruiting Class of 2012 Shaping Up

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks cheers on his team during warm ups before the start of their game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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South Carolina's football recruiting class of 2012 is shaping up to potentially be a very big one... again. 

Even though they only have roughly 20 spots available (since most of the schools players are underclassmen), the talent coming in looks to be very high. 

Here are the players who have South Carolina favored or high on their list and the players who have already committed (players who have already committed are in bold). 

Keep in mind, other than the ones in bold, this is a wish list (albeit a very realistic according to sources such as Rivals, Scout and ESPN). 

This could ALL happen... or none of it could.  It is not an exact science.  However, imagine looking at this recruiting list: 

(Player in bold have already committed to SC). 

Eddie Goldman, 5-Star Defensive Tackle

Darius Hamilton, 5-Star Defensive End

Stefon Diggs, 5-Star Wide Receiver

Tyriq McCord, 4-Star Defensive End

Shaq Roland, 4-Star Wide Receiver

Jordan Diggs, 4-Star Safety

Elijah Shumate, 4-Star Safety

Jody Fuller, 4-Star-Receiver

Quinshad Davis, 4-Star Receiver

Kelvin Rainey, 4-Star Tight End

Joe Harris, 4-Star Offensive Tackle

Chaz Elder, 4-Star Cornerback

Brendan Nosovitch, 4-Star Quarterback

Brock Stadnik, 4-Star Offensive Tackle

Clayton Stadnik, 3-Star Center

Darius English, 3-Star Defensive End

Rico McWilliams, 3-Star Cornerback

Kyle Fleetwood, 3-Star Safety

Carlos Hood, 3-Star Defensive Tackle

T.J. Holloman, 3-Star Linebacker

Kendric Salley, 3-Star Running Back

At this point, all of these players have South Carolina in the top three or have already committed. 

If South Carolina nails 80 percent of these guys, this may be an even bigger recruiting class than the Marcus Lattimore class of 2010 and the Jadeveon Clowney class of 2011.  What it lacks in "star power," it makes up for in overall quality. 

I will keep the Carolina faithful updated, as these guys commit to their various schools. 

It is a great time to be a Gamecock!