South Carolina Football: Gamecocks Have 4 Future NFL Pro-Bowlers
For all the talk about all of the future NFL players on the Alabama Crimson Tide roster, there is another SEC team loaded with not just next level players but next level stars.
Steve Spurrier's greatest talent may not be his play-calling and ballsy approach. It could very well be his recruiting. Spurrier's ability to bring in five-star talent has keyed this rush to national prominence.
Barring injury or off the field issue, these four players are future NFL Pro-Bowlers:
Melvin Ingram - DE/DT
Ingram is one of the most athletic players I've ever seen. Don't believe check out Ingram running a fake punt in for a 68 yard TD vs Georgia in Week 2.
His leaping ability was also on display as Spurrier trotted him for the hands team on a Georgia onside-kick attempt. Ingram leaped and actually displayed some hang-time in snagging the attempt.
Did I mention Ingram is 276lbs? This guy has a motor that is very impressive. He is the type of defensive lineman who could have success on the interior or the outside. He is a senior and after this season, he'll likely be a first round pick, especially after he wows scouts at the NFL combine.
Ja'Daveon Clowney - DE/OLB
Clowney was neutralized throughout most of the game against Georgia but he made the huge play that clinched the game. Clowney forced the fumble that Ingram scooped up an ran in for the deciding score.
Clowney was perhaps the most heavily recruited high school player in the nation and Spurrier was able to bring him to South Carolina.
Clowney's combination of size and speed is perfect for a pass-rushing defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At 6'6 254lbs as a 18 year old freshmen, Clowney's size and skill-set puts you in the mind of Julius Peppers. He looks like a top 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Gamecocks have Jeffery. He is the best WR in the nation when it comes to catching the ball with his hands away from his body.
He is so strong and athletic, there isn't a DB in the nation who can check him one on one. It'll be interesting to see Dre Kirkpatrick get an opportunity to cheek him but that won't happen until a possible postseason matchup.
Jeffery has exceptional body control and overall physical skills. He will be among the top three players taken in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Last, bust certainly not least is Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore is the best RB in the country. I know about Trent Richardson and others but Lattimore is special. His vision, sense for the yard marker and overall instincts and football IQ is impressive.
He is a workhorse that a team can ride. This is my only worry about him. He is only two games into his sophomore year and he has already carried the ball 300 times. Even at 6'1 235 lbs, the wear and tear is a concern.
That said, Lattimore is the best college RB I've seen since Ricky Williams. He is the rare RB worth a top five selection in my opinion.
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