My take: 2012 class, 21-25

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

Wes' Take: 21-25
S Kyle Fleetwood - 5-11/199 - Stephenson HS (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Fleetwood played both wide receiver and safety at the high school level but will clearly be a safety in Columbia. He's an aggressive type that at this point in his career is probably better at coming up and making hits in the running game than he is in coverage. I would imagine that he would start his South Carolina career at the boundary safety position. Perhaps even more impressive than his play on the field is Fleetwood's attitude off of it. He should prove to be a great leader and has a wonderful attitude despite recently having heart surgery. He's another high-character kid in a class that's full of them.
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CB Chris Moody – 6-1/208 - Henry County HS (McDonough, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: Moody was a standout at quarterback at Henry County but will make the transition to cornerback at the next level. At 208 pounds, there's no doubt he'll start off at boundary cornerback where South Carolina likes to have a bigger player at than the field side. At that size, on paper it would seem that Moody's career path would project him to safety eventually but Ward seems to think he can make the transition to corner so that's where he'll start. It speaks volumes about Moody's athleticism that the staff did talk to him about playing in a wildcat package on offense.

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CB Rico McWilliams – 5-11/172 - Lovejoy HS (Ga.)
Quick Hitter: When I look at Rico McWilliams he appears to have it all. Good enough size, athleticism, hips, ball skills -- he's the guy in the class who could prove to be a true cover corner and should start out at the field corner position at South Carolina. McWilliams had over 20 offers when he committed to South Carolina but rarely gets mentioned as one of the more "big-time" players in this class. There's certainly a need for a young cornerback or two to step up for the Gamecocks and it wouldn't surprise me a bit to see McWilliams push for some playing time as a freshman. He's another guy that I believe could help them out on special teams.

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S T.J. Gurley - 5-10/183 - Cairo HS (Ga.)
Quick Hitter: With Diggs definitely starting out at SPUR and Fleetwood starting out at boundary safety in my projections, it seems Gurley would begin his career at free safety but realistically could play it or the boundary or possibly even cornerback. Gurley has been compared by some to D.J. Swearinger and its easy to see why in his video. Gurley is one of those fearless players that maybe doesn't always breakdown when he gets there but will go flying into a play and throw his body at ball carriers and receivers. I've mentioned this with some other players but Gurley may be the best example -- he's one who otherwise would have definitely redshirted but may prove to be very valuable on special teams as a gunner flying down and making tackles. That's something this team is going to need, too, with Marty Markett no longer around. Markett may be the biggest loss from last year's team that no one is really talking about.

K Nick St. Germain – 5-9/182 - McEachern HS (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Quick Hitter: South Carolina wanted to add a difference-making kicker in this class and it just so happened that things worked out for them to offer St. Germain a scholarship. While he's not a huge kid, St. Germain has a very big leg and will more than likely be the Gamecocks' kickoff specialist the second he steps on campus. Could he compete for the place kicking job too? He seems to have a calm demeanor out there and is a very hard worker, so it's possible but it would also seem more likely that someone handled those duties until St. Germain got a little older. Even then, though, I'd expect St. Germain to handle South Carolina's longer field goals.
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