Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 South Carolina Gamecocks recruiting class.
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It’s a normal class for Will Muschamp. It’s excellent by almost any reasonable standards, and it brings in enough talent to be more than just competitive. It’s a top 20 overall class – with ease – but that’s nothing new for South Carolina. It’s time to do something with the haul.
Was it enough to get the taste out of the program’s mouth after the bowl game disaster against Virginia? It should be. This class went from just okay to terrific, rising up with a few late gets and with enough name star prospects to get excited.
The Gamecocks went big on the defensive side. The defensive ends came in by the bucket load after signing just one last year. Zacch Pickens is one of the nation’s top ends, but he’s not alone. This is a class for the pass rush, and …
That includes the tackles, too. There are only two of them, but Jahkeem Green and Jaquaze Sorrells are good ones. The 6-4, 305-pound Green is a JUCO transfer who’ll be thrown into the mix right away, and Sorrells is a potential anchor.
The line will get all of the love, but the defensive backs are strong, too. There were several signed last season, but they’re not as good as the ones Muschamp got this time around. Johnny Dixon and Jammie Robinson should be big names in a few years.
And they might be needed right away. Defensive back is one of the biggest defensive holes with four of the key starters from the end of last season gone. The depth is going to be young, with several new parts getting a shot at a starting gig.
Zacch Pickens is going to be the real deal. The Gamecocks latched on to him early on, and that was about it – the SEC elites weren’t necessarily in the mix for his services. The 6-4, 265-pounder was loved by the ACC and Big Ten, but USC landed him.
Yeah, the class is about the defense, but not necessarily at linebacker. There are a few okay prospects brought in, but it’s been light at the position over the last few years. That will be the priority in 2020.
Ryan Hilinski could turn into the highest-profile player. The quarterback out of California blew off Ohio State, Georgia, and a slew of Pac-12 teams to be the main man of the near future – or whenever Jake Bentley is done. He’s a pure passer who looks and plays the part.
Again, the talent and depth are there. This has been one of the 20 best college football programs at this whole recruiting thing – now the wins have to follow. No pressure or anything, but after three years and a 22-17 record, a 7-5ish season means Muschamp just stocked the cupboards for the new guy.