2017 South Carolina Gamecocks Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 South Carolina Gamecocks Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
South Carolina Gamecocks Recruiting Class Overview
It might not be quite the loaded class many Gamecock fans would’ve hoped for – at least compared to other SEC teams – but it’s still really, really good. There isn’t the high-end star power, but it’s a class to upgrade the base. The receiving corps gets the biggest boost to help out rising-star quarterback Jake Bentley, while the O line is getting plenty of help with Eric Douglas and Summie Carlay brought in to be key parts of the 2019 line. It’s Will Muschamp, though, so the defense will never be ignored. The secondary got the most help, but M.J. Webb might be the best player for the defensive side coming in to potentially rock at defensive tackle.
The South Carolina Gamecocks Class Is Heavy On …
Receivers. You think the coaching staff wants a better passing game? Will Register is one of the top tight ends being brought into the SEC, but the wide receivers are the biggest stars with OrTre Smith, Chad Terrell and Shi Smith all good enough to make a splash soon. Smith is the blazer of the bunch, Terrell is the big-bodied matchup problem, and Smith is the 6-4, 215-pound physical target.
The Star of the South Carolina Gamecocks Class Is …
WR/CB Jamyest Williams, 5-9, 173, Loganville, GA – It doesn’t matter where he plays, he’s going to be a major factor. Do you want him as a good-hitting – for his size – defensive back who’ll bring the pop against the run? Do you want him to work at running back, or as a slot receiver? How about at safety, where he gets turned loose to make plays anywhere he can? Smart, tough, and feisty, everyone wanted him – Georgia and Oklahoma were close – but he should be South Carolina’s signature signing.
The South Carolina Gamecocks Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive ends. Throw in defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, and linebackers T.J. Holloman and Jonathan Walton, and the Gamecocks have a ton of work to do on the defensive front seven. The ends not only have to be replaced, though, they need to be better after not doing enough for the pass rush. Marquavius Lewis and Darius English were good, but they’re done on the outside.