Black Magic Showcase Impressions

South Carolina held their annual Black Magic Showcase Camp on Friday and several highly rated prospects were in attendance. Find out in this article how many performed.

Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 2015 offensive tackle Mason Veal was a standout in the linemen drills and appeared to be enjoying his Gamecock visit.

Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 2015 offensive tackle Mason Veal showed good athleticism and flexibility in the offensive line drills. He was arguably the most athletic of the offensive linemen and seemed to have good rapport with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott.

Greenville (S.C.) Woodmont offensive lineman and South Carolina commitment Malik Young is a BIG young man. He definitely has the look of a future guard and looked solid going through the drills. He has quick hands and showed a good punch.

Saluda (S.C.) and Florida State commitment Dexter Wideman attended the camp but did not work out. According to multiple sources the visit went well enough to leave Wideman confused. I get the impression this one is far from over after today.

Greenwood (S.C.) class of 2015 defensive back Kaleb Chalmers showed off very good footwork in the DB drills. He looked comfortable back peddling and changing direction. The Gamecock staff wanted to see him in coverage during this event and could be offering soon if they liked what they saw.

Latta (S.C.) four-star offensive lineman Donell Stanley looks a bit raw but he’s huge and can move. It’s obvious why he has the offers he has. He was accompanied by his mother, which is believed to be the first time she has taken a school visit with him. The Gamecocks appear to be in the driver's seat with him not currently being a take for Alabama.

Swansea (S.C.) class of 2015 linebacker Johnathan Sutton was the lone linebacker in attendance today, so he received significant attention from assistant coach Kirk Botkin. He’s a bit on the short side, but he’s very athletic and well put together physically.

I thought Goose Creek (S.C.) tight end and Gamecock commitment Kalan Ritchie looked natural catching the ball at times but also dropped a couple of he could have had. This isn’t a big shock considering how few times his high school team throws it. His lower body is on the thin side but he looks to have the frame to add a good bit of weight over the course of his career.

Havelock (N.C.) class of 2015 four-star wide receiver Michael Bowman impressed me in the receiver drills. He looks great physically and caught the ball well. I’ll be surprised if you don’t see the Gamecocks make him a big priority going forward as he one of the big standouts today.

South Carolina offensive lineman commitment Malik Young had a chance to work up close and personal with future position coach Shawn Elliott

Orangeburg (S.C.) class of 2015 four-star defensive lineman Albert Huggins was one of two DL’s working out with Deke Adams. He’s big, athletic and goes hard in the drills. He was accompanied by his father and was expected to meet more with the staff after the workout.

Wake Forest (N.C.) Rolesville class of 2015 running back Bryce Love was a late arrival to the camp. While he didn’t work out he did receive significant attention from recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr., recruiter Joe Robinson and running backs coach Everette Sands.

Summerville (S.C.) three-star defensive back Darin Smalls may have done the best job covering Michael Bowman in the one on one drills. He stayed with him step for step down the field.

Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy 2015 quarterback Kevin Johnson throws a beautiful ball. He has good touch and arm strength. The only concern with him is still his height, as he appears to be in the 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 range.

While Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway five-star athlete Terry Godwin didn’t work out, that didn’t prevent him from garnering the attention of the Gamecock staff. It was hard to find him without a coach around him.

Quarterback Dylan Thompson was on hand supporting his younger brother, class of 2015 quarterback Daniel Thompson.

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