My take: 2012 class, 11-15

In part three 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: 11-15
OG Joe Harris – 6-4/309 - Lithonia HS (Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Harris was once a 330+ pound prospect but slimmed down for his senior season and his work off the field certainly paid off. While he spent time at tackle in high school, Harris is definitely a guard at the next level and could be a very good one. Offensive linemen are hard to evaluate but when you look at Harris he appears to have all the tools to work with and all the potential to develop into a very good one. He should excel under the tutelage of offensive line coach Shawn Elliott.
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OG Cody Waldrop – 6-2/300 - Armwood HS (Seffner, Fla.)
Quick Hitter: Waldrop is fun to watch. He's not one of the guys often mentioned when fans talk about who could play early out of this group but I get the feeling he'll be on the field sooner rather than later. Waldrop is an absolute mauler inside that seeks out contact and then punishes his opponent. Unlike most who fit in that category, Waldrop already has very good technique as well. His 6-foot-2 size isn't ideal but it shouldn't be a huge problem in college. His physicality makes him a perfect fit for Elliott's coaching style and he's the type masher every line needs to set the tone. Could move further inside to center.

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OC Clayton Stadnik – 6-2/265 - Western Guilford HS (Greensboro, N.C.)
Quick Hitter: Clayton was often overshadowed by his twin brother Brock during the recruiting process, but he's got ability in his own right. Smaller than Brock, he's slated to play center at South Carolina but is a high-energy player who really gets after it and hustles. The biggest issue will be, can he gain enough weight? At 265 pounds currently (as listed on USC's official site, anyway) it has to be mentioned but enrolling early certainly won't hurt either. If he can get up to size then I wouldn't count him out due to the effort level and NFL bloodlines.

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DT Carlos Hood - 6-2/262 - Stephenson HS (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Ironically, Hood was one of the first commitments to this class yet probably one of the least known prospects in the group. He didn't do many interviews and didn't stay in the public light much. He appears to have a nice frame and some athletic ability. I think he's pretty raw as a defensive tackle but Brad Lawing is one of the best in the business at molding linemen and he should have some tools to work with with Hood. He'll also have to put on a solid 20-30 pounds before he's ready to contribute.
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DE Darius English – 6-6/215 - McEachern HS (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Devin Taylor is the easy comparison here but it definitely fits. English would best make use of a redshirt year in a college weight program but there's no doubt the ability is there -- you don't win the 5A Defensive Player of the Year award in Georgia with 21 sacks for nothing. English also played basketball in high school which no doubt hurt his ability to gain weight. While only a three-star on Scout, mainly due to his size and the fact that teams had success running right at him, he was a four-star type in the Gamecock coaches' book. He's a perfect fit for the South Carolina system and I could see him sliding right into a meaningful playing-time role as a redshirt freshman.
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