My take: 2012 class, 16-20

In part four 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
DE Jhaustin Thomas – 6-5/229 - Columbia HS (Decatur, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: While South Carolina has recruited well on the defensive line in recent years, it's going to be pivotal for prospects like Darius English and Jhaustin Thomas to pan out down the road for the success at the defensive end position to continue. While there's no doubt that Thomas is raw as a defensive end, his physical tools may match just about any other prospect in the Gamecocks' class. I saw Thomas play basketball at the Chick-fil-A Classic in Columbia and even basketball coach Darrin Horn was impressed with his ability on the court. Thomas is just a massive human being with a tremendous amount of upside. There are few better at developing d-line talent than Brad Lawing.
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LB T.J. Holloman – 6-2/209 - St. Pius X HS (Atlanta, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: When you see Holloman in person, the first thing you notice about him is his excellent frame. He's just put together like an SEC linebacker. While he doesn't have what you would call excellent speed, he does seem to have good instincts. Holloman did it all for his team -- when their QB went down he was able to not only fill in at the position but excelled at it. Holloman is a student of the game and another high-character kid in the class. He's a likely redshirt but should be able to easily add weight and contribute down the road.

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LB Kaiwan Lewis – 6-0/225 - St. Joseph HS (Hammonton, N.J.)
Quick Hitter: Lewis already has near college-ready size as a linebacker. Lorenzo Ward talked about wanting to get players on the field quicker in their careers and Lewis appears to be someone who could help on special teams right away. A relentless rusher off the edge, pass rushing was Lewis' primary role in the highlight tapes I watched and he was a game-changer in the role. The biggest questions will be, does he outgrow the position and eventually end up on the line? And how does he fare when tasked with the other responsibilities of playing the linebacker position. Lewis' tenacity could made him a fan-favorite if he can get comfortable in coverage.

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SPR Jordan Diggs - 6-0/197 - Island Coast HS (Cape Coral, Fla.)
Quick Hitter: Diggs should prove to be a perfect fit for the SPUR position in South Carolina's defense and he won't be on campus a moment too soon as the position needs an influx of talent. While Devonte Holloman will likely man the position for his senior season, the back-up spot is wide open and the starting spot there will be wide open in 2013. Diggs isn't what you would call a physical freak on the stop watch but he's got great instincts and knows how to play the game. He was a huge priority for the Vanderbilt staff as they believed he was a game-changer. Diggs is another prospect who could help immediately on special teams.
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CB Chaz Elder – 6-2/187 - Banneker HS (College Park, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Elder is one of the gems of South Carolina's class and was one of Lorenzo Ward's top targets from the beginning. Elder has excellent size for a cornerback and because of that figures to start out at the boundary corner position where his size and length will best fit. Elder is versatile, though, and if things don't work out at boundary corner,t hen he has the ability to play free safety as well. Another high character kid, Elder will be a good ambassador for USC that future Georgia prospects could take notice of.
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