My take: 2012 class, 1-5

In part one of this five-part feature, Gamecock Anthem's Wes Mitchell gives his take on five of the Gamecocks signees as we eventually break down the entire South Carolina class of 2012.

Wes' Take: 1-5
QB Brendan Nosovitch – 6-1/210 - Central Catholic (Allentown, Pa.)
Quick Hitter: When South Carolina sought its quarterback for the class of 2012, it wanted someone who was a bonafide winner. The Gamecocks get just that in Nosovitch. He's not ever going to be a "camp guy" -- he's much more likely to use his arm and his legs to hurt a defense than to sit back there and pick a defense a part. Still, he put up plenty of numbers in the passing game as the No. 2 all-time leader in passing yardage in Pennsylvania with 9,249 yards to go along with 106 touchdown passes. He threw for a District 11 single-season record 3,809 yards with 39 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior. Nosovitch led his team to a 16-0 season and state title as a junior. While Nosovitch's team came up short this year, his most impressive performance came in game one of the playoffs when he willed his team to a 61-54 victory with a 487-yard, eight-touchdown passing performance, which included a game-winner with 31 seconds to play. He added 38 more yards and another TD on the ground. The Gamecocks wanted a winner and a leader in Nosovitch and it appears they got one.
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RB Mike Davis – 5-9/216 - Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: While the one knock on Davis as a prospect has always been the lack of top-end speed, that doesn't even appear to be an issue in his senior highlight tape. He's a complete back with explosion, balance and vision. While he won't be a threat to take it to the house on any given play, that shouldn't matter. Davis gets to top-speed quickly and explodes through the hole -- the physical back even seems to seek contact at times and loves to punish tacklers, always falling forward. While there was nothing wrong with the Gamecocks' backfield as it was, that doesn't downplay the pick-up of the nation's No. 10 back -- Davis might even be underrated at that spot. He'll have the chance to make an immediate impact in Columbia.

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RB Kendric Salley – 5-9/205 - Williston Elko (Williston, S.C.)
Quick Hitter: Salley seems to be one of the forgotten men in this class. The Williston Elko standout was the first commitment of the class which led to less interest from other programs and also will be coming off a knee injury when he reports to school this summer. Still, there's something about Salley that you have to like. I, admittedly, haven't seen as much of Salley on the field as I'd like, but there's something about his attitude and take on life that will give him a chance to contribute even if he's currently overshadowed by the aforementioned Davis. Salley is built like a brick wall, and let's not forget former running backs coach Jay Graham's evaluation of Brandon Wilds -- Wilds was an in-state back that few were extremely high on but he came through when the Gamecocks needed him most with three 100-yard games this past season as a freshman.
WR Shaq Roland - 6-1/173 - Lexington (S.C.)
Quick Hitter: Roland can be as good as he wants to be. When you see the five-star prospect on the football field he just makes it look easy. I tend to put a lot of stock in a prospects fluidity and ease of motion, and Roland is as smooth as they come. The next big step with him will be to get bigger and stronger and that was a key talking point from him and his head coach on signing day. His trip to the Under Armour All-American game opened his eyes as to how physical some cornerbacks can be. Still, Roland will have every chance to come in an play early provided his banged-up shoulder is healthy. Roland has spent his entire career playing multiple sports and multiple positions; the chance to play just football and just wide receiver should help his development as well.
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WR Kwinton Smith – 6-4/206 - Dillon (S.C.)
Quick Hitter: The 6-foot-4, 206-pounder has really only begun to scratch his potential. For a bigger receiver, Smith has excellent change of direction and may be quicker and more explosive than he's given credit for. Smith will be a candidate for downfield throws and for quick hitters just to get his big frame the ball in space much like South Carolina did with Alshon Jeffery. Smith has big hands and even returned punts for Dillon. With Roland starting his career at the 'X' receiver position, (and Jody Fuller likely a 'Z') it would seem natural that Smith would start out at the 'B' position that players like D.L. Moore, Jason Barnes and Nick Jones played last season.
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