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First is was SOS, then came Alshon, then came Lattiscore, then came JD. Whose next?
Not quite sure who is next but I believe that Stephon Gilmore was just as important as any of those you listed above - I believe his friendship (along with that of Devonte Holloman) helped lead Clowney here.
"We are South Carolina. We respect everyone but fear no one" - Ray Tanner
Good point. Perhaps Norwood before them but I was just thinking in terms of huge gets for Carolina
"You’re either a block-gobbler, a farmer, or you’re a damn hunter and playmaker."
think you got to add cliff mathews.
Mike Davis, and Brandon Shell (after another year in the program I think he will be all SEC)
Love him or hate him, but you have to put Garcia on that list of past big players. He won us a lot of big games. (Bama and Florida immediately come to mind) Also lost some as well but such is the territory of a quarterback. However, I do think that he was part of the group that started the "we can play and beat the big boys" swag.
I believe we're past the point where any single person is a program changer unless its a Heisman type QB.
Ya, w/o Clowney and Lattiscore we'd be winning 10+ games per year. You're a clown if you think that colleges are past program changers...
Thinking out of the box - but perhaps a kid like Brendan Nosovitch or K. Lewis - a kid from the Northeast who opens an
entire new realm of recruiting area for us - where we become a place kids from that area want to go and play.
Before John Roche and Tom Owens - were Jack Thompson, Skip Harlicka, and Bobby Cremins - so the
northeast crew we have may be the "door openers".
I agree to an extent with the QB line of thought, Clowney will be in line for numerous awards next year, has the potential to gain even more legendary status both at conference and national levels. Have to admit, am very curious to see how J Adams will develop, he has shown flashes and all he has is potential right now, but he has the athleticism and frame to be all SEC if not more. Would have to think the additional bowl practices and spring give him an opportunity to really hone his skills.
"Act like you've been there before and expect to be back." - Bear Bryant
To get to that next level were gonna need a QB to be that next program changer
Clowney has dictated alot what opposing offenses can/can't do. We may never see another defensive player with this kind of impact. His skill set is once in a generation and cannot be replicated.
Lattimore's impact was instant. It wasn't just his ball skills, but atttiude and integrity that really "changed the culture" here at USC. You can still see the impact he has with others picking up the slack. That never happened before when a star went down.
Larenz Bryant by all accounts has similar character attrtibutes that Latt possesses which is saying a ton... not to mention the kid is a stud of a football player as well. I don't think his impact will be as immediate or prominent as Latt's, but if I had to predict who the next impact player at Carolina I'd go with LB. Hate to refer to a tater, but Anthony Simmons made an immediate impact at Neckville with is play. I see some similarities with Bryant and his skill set...
As far as program changers, it starts and ends with Steven Orr Spurrier. In the understatement of the year the longer he stays the better we are for it....by a mile!
I think this pic about sums it up...
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I know it is probably wishful thinking, but i am hoping we will get to the point soon where we have more than one program changer. Meaning we are to the point where the program has changed. I know our program has changed and improved drastically but it would be nice to one day have 5 to 6 "program changers" on a team that wins SEC championship and those 5 or 6 guys get drafted on the first day of the draft.
Wishful thinking, but i don't think we are that far off. Talent breeds talent and we have certainly seen an increase in talent since Gilmore, Lattimore, and Jeffery signed their letters of intent.
instead of landing only 4-5 four stars a year we are now landing 7-10. And the classes from top to bottom the last couple of years have been much stronger than the first couple of years Steve was here ..... Of course you all know this, I am just stating the obvious.
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Connor Mitch. I keep hoping for a big time QB.
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Well, Latt went down two years in a row now, and we won 10+ games. Clowney is a freak, and has brought a ton of exposure, but we would be having success if he were not here as well. Lawing always finds a dominant pass-rusher. Lawing is the best in the business at putting together D-lines.
The HBC changed our program. Players come and go. Spurrier is the reason our program is where it is.
I am really surprised no one has mentioned Darius English. I seem to remember Tony having a lot of good things to say about him. You can't have enough 6-6 DEs with RB type speed. While he's only listed at 215 right now I'm sure he will add some good weight to that by next year and the years to follow.
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