2006: Ricky Sapp

Matt Raysor committed to South Carolina nearly completely under the radar during the summer of 2003. The Bamberg-Ehrhardt defensive tackle was a name not highly-touted by the public until he starred in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, partially due to a coaching change at the school which brought in new head coach Ron Duncan.

Things have changed in just two years later as word is quickly escaping from the school that defensive end Ricky Sapp is another national recruit coming out of Bamberg-Ehrhardt.

"I knew when I got here two years ago that (Sapp) was special," says Coach Duncan. "He was already 6-4, and 185 pounds as a sophomore. We just had to get him on the right track."

That track included a strong weightlifting program, and Sapp has blossomed including racking up 82 tackles, 11 sacks, and 25 tackles for loss. He is now up to 6-5 and 215 pounds, though he should play at 225 pounds this fall after losing some of his weight in basketball.

The scary part for Sapp is that while he makes great plays off the edge, he could play several different positions.

"He has the frame to play at 235 pounds as a linebacker," Duncan says. "He could even get up to 260 pounds. Sometimes in practice, he will play cornerback and dominate there."

Colleges have noticed that domination during games as well, with Clemson and South Carolina already offering Sapp. He has received attention from many teams throughout the nation, and plans to take his time with recruiting.

Sapp will visit North Carolina for its Junior Day in early March.

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