South Carolina is getting ready to begin its 2012 season but that doesn't mean they aren't looking ahead to the future.
Recruiting has become a 24/7 process in the world of college football and the Gamecocks have been able to secure the commitments of 21 recruits so far for the 2013 class.
With the class filling up, and National Signing Day on its way, here's a look at some potential candidates as to who could fill the remaining spots in South Carolina's 2013 class.
1. Kelsey Griffin – Defensive Tackle from Hoschton, Georgia
Griffin has narrowed his choices down to South Carolina and Georgia. The Gamecocks are battling the home state Bulldogs to land the services of the 6'2", 300-pound defensive tackle. The longer Griffin withholds his decision, the better the chances for the Gamecocks.
2. David Williams – Running Back from Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
Williams recently trimmed his list to six schools including the Gamecocks. It was once believed that Williams could end up at Penn State, but his recent list of favorites no longer lists the Nittany Lions. South Carolina is currently in the running with Tennessee, West Virginia, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State.
3. Taj Williams – Wide Receiver from Tallahassee, Florida
This four-star receiver from Florida currently lists high interest in South Carolina along with the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks are in need of a big receiver in this recruiting class and Williams could be a focus for the Gamecocks down the road.
4. Na'Ty Rodgers – Offensive Lineman from Pomfret, Maryland
Rodgers recently named a top five list and has South Carolina, Arkansas, Washington, Oklahoma and Maryland in the running. His decision looks likely after official visits and the Gamecocks should feel good about their chances here.
5. Alvin Bailey – Wide Receiver from Seffner, Florida
Bailey is a smaller receiver, but one with dynamic play-maker abilities. He had a standout performance in the GridIron Kings 7-on-7 championship game with four touchdowns.
6. Kyrin Priester – Wide Receiver from Snellville, Georgia
Priester has named two schools at the top of his list and they are South Carolina and North Carolina State. This one-time Georgia commitment doesn't plan to rush into his next decision and should chose between those two schools.
Will South Carolina sign all of these players? It's unlikely. There are limited spots available for the 2013 class, so filling needs is a crucial part as this stage of the game.
A few positions South Carolina would love to have right now is at defensive tackle and wide receiver. The Gamecocks have been in the mix with Griffin for several months now and have recruited players like Michael Hill from Pendleton, South Carolina who has committed to another school. South Carolina also missed out on one of its top receiver prospects when Mike Williams from Lake Marion, South Carolina committed to rival Clemson Tigers.
Even without those recruits, the Gamecocks are currently ranked number 15 in the Scout.com team rankings with an average star ranking of 3.14.
The Gamecocks should expect to land several of these players on this list, and once that happens, expect the Gamecocks to rise in the recruiting rankings.
A Top-10 class is not out of the question for the Gamecocks.
It's a good thing because the SEC has seven teams ranked in the Top-10. If you want to play with the best, you have to recruit with the best.
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