The Big Board (1/26 Update)

With exactly one week 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.

The Final Big Board
Jadeveon Clowney – No. 1 DE – 6-5/235 - South Pointe (RH, SC)
Quick Hitter: The nation's top overall prospect according to all three major recruiting services, Clowney took his official visit to Alabama two weekends ago and sources say the visit did go extremely well for the Tide. Still, South Carolina has thought to be the front-runner for much of the process and the Gamecocks' got Clowney back on campus for an unofficial visit for this past weekends' basketball game against Kentucky. 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. Clowney was scheduled to officially visit FSU over the weekend but that didn't take place. He has an official visit scheduled for Clemson this weekend, but it remains to be seen if he will take the trip. This is still thought to be a South Carolina-Alabama battle to the end. While there are several reports that Clowney could wait until his Birthday (2/14) to make a decision, Gamecock Anthem's opinion is that a decision is still more likely to come on Signing Day.

Still in it: South Carolina*, Alabama*, FSU, Clemson
Public leaders: None, but USC and Alabama are top two
Visits:Clemson: 1/28
Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2) or Clowney's birthday (2/14)
Projection: South Carolina
Phillip Dukes – No. 12 DT – 6-2/275 - Manning (S.C.)
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. Dukes took officials to Clemson and Alabama two weekends ago and South Carolina over the weekend. USC is thought to be in the lead but Dukes does still have a UNC visit scheduled for this weekend.

Still in it: South Carolina*, Clemson*, Alabama*, North Carolina
Public leaders: None, but USC and Clemson are top two
Visits: North Carolina: 1/28 (tentative)
Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2)
Current Projection: South Carolina
Jerell Adams – No. 28 TE – 6-5/220 - Scotts Branch (S.C.)
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. He took an official visit to Clemson two weekends ago and 3as at South Carolina for the Big Recruiting Weekend this weekend. 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. He remains a South Carolina projection.

Still in it: South Carolina*, Clemson*, Arkansas (?)
Public leaders: South Carolina, Clemson
Visits:Complete, though he could add an Alabama trip
Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2)
Current Projection: South Carolina
Cedrick Cooper – No. 44 OLB – 6-2/207 - Lithonia (Ga.)
Quick Hitter: South Carolina has hung around with Cooper for some time now, though for a while it remained to be seen how strong the interest was on either side Cooper is also very highly valued by Ole Miss and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash while on that campus. Cooper took an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend and was "amazed" by what he saw. He's reportedly gone back and forth between USC and Arkansas since that trip. This one will be too close to call at this point.

Still in it: South Carolina*, Arkansas*, Ole Miss
Public leaders: South Carolina, Arkansas
Visits: Ole Miss: 1/28
Decision Date: National Signing Day (2/2)
Current Projection: South Carolina or Arkansas
Roderick Byers – No. 63 DT – 6-3/262 - Northwestern (RH, SC)
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 offer late that could still be his destination. Byers officially visited Oregon over the weekend and he could be a Duck soon.

Still in it: South Carolina, Clemson, Oregon*
Public leaders: None
Visits: Complete
Decision Date: 1/26
Current Projection: Oregon

- * 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.

Gamecock Anthem will update The Big Board periodically leading up to National Signing Day.

South Carolina Commitment List

1/26 Updates:

- Clowney visits
- Removed Royster **Committed**
- Dukes visits
- Removed Brissett (dropped USC)
- Adams visits
- Removed Anderson **Committed**
- Cooper visits, projection
- Removed Christian **Committed**
- Removed McEvoy **Committed**
- Removed Roberts **Committed**
- Removed Mackey (dropped by USC, not projected to USC anyway) - Byers visits, projection

1/19 Updates:

- Clowney visits scheduled and visits taken plus possibility of making decision after Signing Day.
- Dukes visits taken.
- Removed DT Kevin McReynolds from the board.
- McEvoy visits and decision date.
- Changed potential Brissett visit to 1/28 as Gamecock Anthem reported over the weekend. Upgraded Brissett to four-star prospect.
- Adams visits taken.
- Anderson visits taken and decision date.
- Royster decision date and pared down to final two of South Carolina and Rutgers publicly. Added fourth star.
- Added Cincinnati to Roberts' list as those are the two schools he publicly says he is choosing between today.
- Mackey visits taken and projection to Mississippi State.
- Added CB Ahmad Christian

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