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The 247 for the Class of 2011, which ranks the top 247 college football prospects in America according to 247Sports, was released today and South Carolina is involved with several prospects on the list. 

Jerell Adams debuts at No. 162 in the first edition of The 247.

Of course, any list of rankings in this class has to begin with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe), who is the consensus top-rated prospect in America for this cycle and received the first “franchise” tag in the history of 247Sports with a numerical rating of 105. 

Clowney has always had the Gamecocks high on his list and South Carolina is a major factor in his recruitment. His current plans are to visit Miami (Fla.), Florida State, LSU and Alabama officially with the fifth visit up in the air and to announce at either the Under Armour All-American game in January or on National Signing Day. 

Running back Mike Blakely (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) checks in at No. 97 overall. Blakely has the Gamecocks in his top three and plans to take an official visit to South Carolina at some point. Florida and Auburn are out in front in the race for his services and it would be surprising if he didn’t end up at one of those two schools.

Safety Sheldon Royster (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) checks in at No. 101 overall. Royster’s coach, Rich Hansen, has coached a lot of talent during his time (Will Hill, Savon Huggins, etc.) and believes that Royster is one of the best all-around athletes he’s had. The 6-foot, 200-pounder has Rutgers and South Carolina in his top two. The Scarlet Knights are likely going to be tough to beat. They’ve already reeled in a pledge from Royster’s teammate and fellow USC target Keith Lumpkin and could land Huggins as well. With that, he and his mother enjoyed their unofficial visit they took to Columbia during the summer and have been in consistent contact with the Gamecocks coaching staff.

Offensive tackle Brandon Shell (Goose Creek, S.C.) is another major South Carolina target. He checks in at No. 109. Most believe it’s a Gamecocks-Georgia battle for Shell with Alabama still lurking. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder would be a major get for South Carolina at a big position of need.

Jumbo athlete Jarell Adams (Summerton, S.C./Scotts Branch) checks in at No. 162 overall. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, who was clocked at 10.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash last spring, is one of the top prospects in the Palmetto State for the 2011 recruiting cycle. South Carolina currently leads for him, followed by Clemson. Adams is being recruited by the Gamecocks as a tight end, but could also play defensive end or even outside linebacker in college.

The speedy Damiere Byrd (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) checks in at No. 213 overall. The 5-foot-8, 161-pounder has been timed as fast as 4.26 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is one of the fastest prospects in America in this recruiting cycle. The Gamecocks are in excellent shape. Byrd will make his official visit to South Carolina on the weekend of Oct. 8, when the Gamecocks play host to top-ranked Alabama. 

Defensive tackle Phillip Dukes (Manning, S.C.) is No. 228 overall. The 6-foot-3, 295-pounder is a South Carolina-Clemson battle at this time. Both sides feel confident about their chances. 

Link to the entire list:]The 247

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