With already three commits in the month of August, the Gamecocks roster is filling up fast. They now have more verbal commits than any school in the country.
It’s all about building up the future for South Carolina. Fans haven’t really had the opportunity to be as excited about football season as they have been able to the past few years.
The legendary rapport Spurrier has built up over the past 9 seasons is not something that the garnet and black want to fade away as time moves on. The Gamecocks want to continue this tradition, and building up talent within the system is certainly something that will keep the garnet-and-black on top.
Leading the past three seasons with an 11-2 record and finishing Top-10 in the polls, South Carolina has been picked to win the Eastern Division in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks have high hopes of a possible SEC Championship future.
Not only does the record shine out to these prospects, but past players really set the bar for the Gamecocks. For example, no. 1 in the NFL Draft this past year, Jadeveon Clowney. Being a part of a team that can produce that kind of talent really makes a college program attractive to recruits.
Let’s take a look at some of the class of 2015 verbal commits for South Carolina, thus far.
Zack Bailey, Summerville, S.C., 3-star, 6’5”, 307 lbs. - Bailey will be an excellent addition to the South Carolina program. Just receiving a verbal from the S.C.-native on Monday, Bailey was torn between Clemson and Georgia.
Christian Pellage, Brooksville, Fla, 4-star, 6’7”, 292 lbs.- This Sunshine State-native was at the Gamecock showcase back in July and really worked his talents on the field. Pellage has gained nearly 40-pounds since last fall and is expected to have a very bright future with the Gamecocks.
Austin Clark, Lexington, Va., 3-star, 6’6”, 280 lbs.- Scout’s Michael Clark noted on the Gamecock-commit that he had an easy drop step that allowed for him to cut off speed rushers.
Paris Palmer, Scranton, Pa., 3-star, 6’8”, 284 lbs.- This JUCO-commit was heavily scouted into this career out of high school. Originally from North Carolina, Palmer was one of the top performs at the Gamecock showcase in July.
Mon Denson, LaGrange, Ga., 3-star, 6’0”, 207 lbs.- South Carolina was the golden ticket for Denson. After attending the Gamecock showcase in July, the running back received an offer from the Gamecocks and quickly committed.
A.J. Turner, Clifton, Va., 4-star, 5’10”, 181 lbs.- Turner and Denson became quite close at the Gamecock showcase. The running back has tremendous speed and instincts on his side to be an excellent addition to the Gamecock roster.
Dexter Neal, Stone Mountain, Ga., 3-star, 6’3”, 185 lbs.- Neal committed back in May of 2013 and has had over 10 scholarship offers from various schools around the country.
Jerad Washington, Jacksonville, Fla, 3-star, 5’9”, 275 lbs.- This Sunshine State-native has continued receiving scholarship offers this summer, since his commitment last October. But no fear Gamecock fans, this commit says he’s very excited about the opportunity to play with South Carolina.
Michael Bowman, Havelock, N.C., 3-star, 6’1”, 190 lbs.- Committing back in March, Bowman finished out his junior season at Havelock High School with 52 catches for 972 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jalen Christian, Damascus, Md., 4-star, 5’10”, 165 lbs.- Christian is a very versatile player and will be a much needed addition to the South Carolina roster. The northern-native is noted for his quickness off the line and speed.
Connor Redmond, Lawrenceville, Ga., 3-star, 6’4”, 224 lbs.- Committing at the end of June, South Carolina shot him his first offer. The Georgia-native caught 37 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Kyle Markway, Kirkwood, Mo., 3-star, 6’5”, 230 lbs.- Also at the Gamecock showcase in July, Markway’s love of football runs through his veins. The tight end’s uncles also played collegiate football. His ability to block and size really set him apart as a player.
Lorenzo Nunez, Kennesaw, Ga., 4-star, 6’2”, 185 lbs. - Scout’s Chad Simmons said it best, “Nunez is a quarterback that entertains when on the field because of his ability to throw, run, and to extend a play due to his athleticism. His arm strength is good, but he needs to improve his accuracy and overall consistency as a passer. His mobility is a real weapon. He has the little things you like to see in a quarterback like leadership, work ethic, and winning attitude. As he improve his technique, he will only get better.”
Stay tuned for Part Two overview of the class of 2015 verbal commits for South Carolina on GamecockPride.com.