South Carolina had another successful recruiting effort during the 2013 cycle, landing the nation’s No. 21 overall class and the No. 8 class in the Southeastern Conference. In this video feature, 247Sports, SECPressPass and Saturday Down South break down the Carolina class.
Early Impact- South Carolina enrolled three prospects at midterm, including four-star offensive guard D.J. Park (Dillon, S.C.) and four-star quarterback Connor Mitch (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield). Mitch will get a lot of snaps in the spring as starter Connor Shaw will sit out with an injury, but is expected to redshirt. Park could potentially get in the mix at guard. A third early enrollee, three-star cornerback Ronnie Martin (Georgia Military College), could get in the mix in the secondary.
First-year potential- The Gamecocks will have tons of inexperience at linebacker in 2013 following the departure of five seniors, so the top prospect in North Carolina this cycle, Larenz Bryant (Charlotte, N.C./Vance) could potentially step in and compete for playing time. Don’t count out the final commitment for 2013, four-star Skai Moore (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) either. Defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) could certainly make a push on the interior of the defensive line.
Nuts and Bolts- It was a down year in the Palmetto State talent-wise, so South Carolina was forced to go out-of-state to sign the majority of top prospects in the class. Six high school prospects from the state of Georgia lead the way (Martin is originally from Spartanburg, S.C.) and South Carolina got four out of the state of Florida. Gamecocks quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus was again named to 247Sports Top 50 recruiters list as he was responsible for landing Mitch, Griffin, four-star offensive tackle Na’Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Md./McDonough), four-star running back David Williams (Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter) and linebacker/safety Mohamed Camara (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth), who many feel could be the sleeper of the class.