These five recruits headline a class that is heavy on the defensive side of the ball for the Gamecocks. There are 15 commitments that are projected for defense out of the 21 currently committed. Of the six commitments on the offensive side of the football, four of them are offensive lineman.
It's easy to see what the Gamecocks needs are in this recruiting cycle. However, they aren't done yet. There are still a few spots available for the Gamecocks and here's a look at some of the recruits that could fill the remaining slots in the 2013 class for South Carolina.
Who's Left?1. LB Yannick Ngakoue (6-2/225) Washington, DC
Ngakoue was a one-time Maryland commitment who has recently opened things up and has a top five schools in mind for a future decision. Those schools are South Carolina, Maryland, Miami, West Virginia and Tennessee. South Carolina has done a solid job recruiting Ngakoue and has plenty of playing time to sell early with the top four linebackers graduating after the 2012 season.
2. RB Greg Bryant (5-10/205) Delray Beach, FL
Bryant committed to Oklahoma back in late March but opened up his commitment during the summer. At one time he was focused on three schools, but his most recent list of schools includes four which are Florida State, Auburn, Oklahoma and South Carolina. He currently has an official visit set up for Oklahoma and will look at visiting the other schools at a later date. He's intrigued by the SEC schools but admits Florida State seems to be recruiting him the most.
3. DL Keith Bryant (6-2/307) Delray Beach, FL
Bryant is currently a Miami Hurricane commitment but has been looking around at other options. South Carolina and Florida State appear to be the other two teams that are his main focus outside of the Hurricanes. He did recently visit Purdue on an official visit with a few teammates. A final decision for Bryant will likely come closer to National Signing Day.
4. RB David Williams (6-1/185) Philadelphia, PA
This four-star running back has one official visit in the books with a visit to Arizona State and has one set up for Tennessee in a few weekends. Nebraska is in the mix here as is Wisconsin. South Carolina will likely land a visit from Williams after the season and should end up receiving his final official visit. South Carolina has done a great job with Williams.
5. WR Taj Williams (6-3/195) Tallahassee, FL
Williams had South Carolina and Alabama as his two favorites over the summer but the list has expanded to include Florida State and Louisville. FSU is making a strong push for Williams and with them being the hometown team, they'll have to be considered a favorite here.
6. P Jonathan King (6-1/160) Knoxville, TN
This three-star kicker has interest from several schools including South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Notre Dame. The question will be will someone step forward with an offer or not. King will likely remain patient during the process and is someone to watch when it comes to a preferred walk-on status for the Gamecocks. South Carolina likely doesn't have room to offer a punter/kicker in this class like King.
7. OL Na'Ty Rodgers (6-5/280) Pomfret, MD
Rodgers has been a guy that has had the Gamecocks high on his list for months now. They've been named the leader in several interviews and appear to be on the fast track for a commitment. Rodgers recently started to receive interest from Michigan to go along with some other favorites like Oklahoma, Maryland, N.C. State and Washington. Rodgers plans to go public with a decision during the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game on January 4th, 2013.
8. WR Jaelen Strong (6-4/200) Philadelphia, PA
Strong is currently in JUCO at L.A. Pierce in Woodland Hills, CA. He's originally from Philadelphia and has a connection with Gamecock target David Williams. The unique thing about Strong is as a JUCO recruit - he has four years to play three at the next level when he graduates in June. South Carolina is in need of a taller receiver to go along with the current batch of smaller receivers and Strong could end up being the main focus at the wide receiver position for South Carolina. If the Gamecocks are able to land David Williams, it would only help their chances with Strong. He has yet to receive an offer from South Carolina.