With exactly three weeks until National Signing Day 2011, Gamecock Anthem breaks down the final prospects on the South Carolina board. Who ends up a Gamecock? Look inside for the big board to see where the Gamecocks stand.
Quick Hitter: The nation's top overall prospect according to all three major recruiting services, Clowney will wait until National Signing Day before making a decision. While South Carolina has thought to be the front-runner for much of the process, the upcoming visit to Alabama will be a big one. Clowney has already taken his official visit to South Carolina and has already hosted head coach Steve Spurrier and Alabama head coach Nick Saban for in-home visits. This will likely come down to proximity to home, but Clowney's final official visits are something to watch closely. Former Clemson d-line coach Chris Rumph is now at Alabama and also has great relationship with Clowney
Still in it: South Carolina*, Alabama, FSU Public leaders: None, but USC and Alabama are top two Visits: Alabama: 1/14, FSU: 1/21 Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Dukes' recruitment has been an interesting one with the two in-state programs being in control throughout. Dukes publicly went back and forth between the two programs early on, but isn't big on doing recruiting interviews and has made it a point not to name any leaders for some time now. This should end the way it started: as an in-state battle. The Gamecocks are believed to currently hold the edge, but this one will come down to the official visits.
Still in it: South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina (?) Public leaders: None, but USC and Clemson are top two Visits: Clemson: 1/14, Alabama: 1/17, South Carolina: 1/21, North Carolina: 1/28 (tentative) Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) Current Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: The four-star prospect reached out to South Carolina fairly late in the recruiting process as Washington, D.C. is not an area that South Carolina usually recruits. Good defensive tackles don't grow on trees and though no offer has been extended, South Carolina has shown interest in he Under Armour All-American. Location does not appear to be a factor as McReynolds is interested in schools all over. If he does follow through with an official visit to South Carolina and there is still room then McReynolds could pick up an offer.
Still in it: South Carolina, Syracuse*, Oregon, UCLA*, Mississippi State, Kansas State Public leaders: None Visits: Oregon: 1/14, South Carolina: 1/28 (tentative) Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) Current Projection: Not South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Though he wasn't offered until he visited the South Carolina campus, McEvoy is the quarterback that quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus honed in on way back in the spring as a potential top target for this class at the position. McEvoy played wide receiver his junior season, but excelled at quarterback in his senior under the direction of well-known quarterback tutor and Bergen Catholic head coach Nunzio Campanile. McEvoy is rated as a wide receiver on Scout and has a great skillset for the position but has a very high upside at QB. McEvoy has family ties to South Carolina and the Columbia area. His brother played at Rutgers, but this looks to be a South Carolina/North Carolina final battle with the Gamecocks likely winning out.
Still in it: South Carolina*, North Carolina, Rutgers* Public leaders: None Visits: North Carolina: 1/14 Decision Date: Shortly after UNC visit Current Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: South Carolina has remained in the game for the top quarterback but likely trails Florida State and Wisconsin at this time. The Gamecocks like Brissett, who is a natural passer and was a standout at the recent U.S. Army All-American game. Florida State appears to feel good about ultimately landing the quarterback, but how will a potential visit to South Carolina affect things and how will the potential commitment of McEvoy to USC affect things as well?
Still in it: Florida State, Wisconsin*, South Carolina, LSU* Public leaders: None Visits: South Carolina: 1/21 (tentative) Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) Current Projection: Florida State
Quick Hitter: South Carolina has been thought to be in the lead for the talented do-it-all athlete for some time now, and despite his most recent comments about South Carolina and Clemson being tied at the top, the Gamecocks appear to be in excellent shape here. Adams had a visit to Arkansas scheduled, but it didn't take place and I doubt it will be rescheduled. Adams could shine at tight end or defensive end at the next level, but looked great at tight end at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
Still in it: South Carolina, Clemson, Arkansas (?) Public leaders: South Carolina, Clemson Visits:Clemson: 1/14, South Carolina: 1/21 Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) Current Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Both Tennessee and Virginia were thought to have the lead at varying points in the process but Mangus has done a great job with Anderson and teammate Marcquis Roberts. The two had a great official visit to South Carolina during the season and the Gamecocks have been front-runners for some time now. Anderson and Roberts want to play together at the next level and it looks very likely that will be at South Carolina.
Still in it: South Carolina, Tennessee Public leaders: South Carolina Visits:Tennessee: 1/14 Decision Date: Very soon Current Projection: South Carolina
While it originally looked like Royster, who is very close with his mother, was a lock to stay home and go to Rutgers, Mangus and South Carolina have been gaining steam for some time and looks as if they could gain a pledge from one of the most underrated prospects in the northeast. The Gamecocks have been in it from the beginning but really started to look like a major player when Mangus left a vacation to come back to campus and meet with Royster and his mother on an unofficial visit during the summer. This has been a South Carolina/Rutgers battle for some time now with the major question being, will Royster leave home? If he does, the Gamecocks will be getting someone who should play right away in the secondary and on special teams.
Still in it: South Carolina, Rutgers, North Carolina Public leaders: None Visits:North Carolina: 1/14 Decision Date: Shortly after UNC visit Current Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: South Carolina has hung around with Cooper for some time now, though Cooper has seemed to lean towards Clemson. Cooper is also very highly valued by Ole Miss and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash while on that campus. What happens with Clemson and what happens with South Carolina's overall numbers could determine if the linebacker could potentially end up at South Carolina.
Still in it: Clemson, Ole Miss, Arkansas, N.C. State, South Carolina Public leaders: None Visits: South Carolina: 1/21, Ole Miss: 1/28 Decision Date: Not known Current Projection: ?
Quick Hitter: South Carolina offered Byers early and looked to be the front runner for his services for some time, but for whatever reason the Northwestern defensive lineman never pulled the trigger on a commitment. Multiple scheduled official visits have been pushed back. Clemson has yet to officially offer Byers but if it does on an upcoming official visit, that could be his destination.
Still in it: South Carolina, Clemson, Oregon Public leaders: None Visits:Clemson, South Carolina, Oregon Decision Date: Not known Current Projection: ?
Quick Hitter: South Carolina narrowed in on Roberts very early in his recruiting process and the talented striker has been a lean behind the scenes since way back in the spring. It took his teammate Rory Anderson a little bit longer to come around to Carolina's recruiting pitches but both looked poised to join the Gamecocks' recruiting class at some point. Roberts isn't as highly recruited as some of the other players USC is after down the stretch but he's at a position of need and is someone Carolina likes a lot.
Still in it: South Carolina Public leaders: South Carolina Visits: None Decision Date: Very soon Current Projection: South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Mackey signed with South Carolina out of Hargrave as part of the 2009 class but did not qualify again and has been on the market again after a year and a half at Hinds CC in Mississippi. South Carolina has hung in there with Mackey throughout the process but overall numbers and other issues may keep Mackey from landing in Columbia this time around.
Still in it: South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State Public leaders: Tennessee Visits: Mississippi State: 1/14 Decision Date: Shortly after MSU visit Current Projection: Tennessee
- * denotes prospect has already officially visited the school
- Current South Carolina commitment Mason Harris is scheduled to take an official visit to Miami on 1/28
- As always, recruiting is fluid and new names could pop up, particularly if USC tries to replace CB Thomas Finnie who recently decommitted.