The 2018 South Carolina Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
South Carolina Recruiting Class Overview
It’s quietly fantastic. It’s not as splashy as Georgia’s class or Alabama’s, but it’s loaded, spraying to all fields with a little bit of everything for everyone.
There isn’t much for the defensive line, but end Kingsley Enagbare was a great get. The linebackers are just okay, but the secondary is getting a boatload of big, versatile defensive backs – a few might end up on the offensive side.
Josh Vann out of Georgia was wanted by the Bulldogs, and Miami, Michigan and Auburn made a big pitch, too, but he committed to the Gamecocks before last season began.
Some nice running backs out of Florida are coming in, and QB Dakereon Joyner is a is a baller of a quarterback for the near future.
The real stars of the offense, though, are …
The South Carolina Class Is Heavy On …
It’s a nod to the near future. The projected USC O line going into 2018 will lose three starters, and the depth will be lacking a bit. This year’s class of linemen might have to be a part of the mix in 2020, if not sooner.
6-3, 290-pound Jovaughn Gwyn out of North Carolina is a promising guard with the right size to push for a backup spot, and 6-6, 280-pound Maxwell Iyama has right tackle potential, but will likely be on the inside a few years from now.
The Star of the South Carolina Class Is …
DE Kingsley Enagbare, 6-4, 255
The Gamecocks were able to to get the Atlanta native away from Georgia, and Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Penn State wanted him, too.
The size is right and he can add a few pounds without losing a step, but his main attribute is his relentlessness. His motor is always running, making plays all over the field on want-to. He’ll get to the quarterback, but he’s not always going to be the flashiest of speed rushers. The production will be there, though.
The South Carolina Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Safeties Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith are gone, and corner Jamarcus King is done, too.
Four defensive backs were signed on – and a few others were brought in who might end up playing receiver – with 6-0, 185-pound Jaycee Horn out of Georgia a fantastic corner who spurned Alabama and Clemson to be a Gamecock. He’s not the only new guy who might be too good to keep off the field right away.