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.
Davon Durant, El Derodo, KS, 4-star, 6’2”, 240 lbs.- This highly-regarded JUCO commit is a Palmetto State-native and recently committed after the Gamecock showcase in July.
Sherrod Pittman, Jacksonville, Fla., 3-star, 6’.5”,220 lbs.- A Sunshine State-native, Pittman is an excellent linebacker prospect. He’s aggressive and attacks the line of scrimmage, and one heck of a solid, hard-hitting tackler.
Marquavius Lewis, Hutchinson, KS, 5-star, 6’4”, 270lbs.- Friends with fellow JUCO-commit Davon Durant, Lewis decided to commit around the same time at the Gamecock showcase. Lewis is known for his quickness off the ball, size, and speed. He’s noted as a powerful bull rusher and advanced in his use of hands to dispatch offensive tackles, as well.
Quandeski Whitlow, Opelika, Ala., 3-star, 6’4”, 225 lbs.- Committing back in June, Whitlow is extremely excited to be a Gamecock. The Alabama-native noted he has gotten even stronger and bigger in his workouts this off-season.
Arden Key, College Park, Ga., 4-star, 6’5”, 210 lbs.- Scout’s Chad Simmons said it best when he noted on Key’s athleticism, feet quickness, and quickness off the ball. This four-star ranks 20th overall in his position.
Shameik Blackshear, Bluffton, SC, 4-star, 6’5”, 230 lbs.- This prospect was an early commit, giving a verbal last May. Here’s what Scout’s Chad Simmons had to say about Blackshear: “Blackshear is a long and athletic rush end who is strong off the edge. He is an end who can fire off the edge with his hand down or standing up. He has great length, his hands are quick, and he can chase the quarterback down from the backside. He has a good frame that can easily carry more weight. As he develops physically, he will get stronger and become better against the run. His first step off the ball is a real strength. “
Damon Arnette, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3-star, 6’1”, 185 lbs.- Arnette committed in early July of this year and has always had South Carolina from the beginning, noting there hadn’t been a day that had gone by where he hadn’t been in touch with the Gamecocks.
Octavis Johnson, Homerville, Ga., 4-star, 6’0”, 180 lbs.- Ranked 36th overall in his position, Johnson is an athlete who is tough on the field and will be an excellent addition to the Gamecock program.
Jaire Alexander, Mint Hill, NC, 3-star, 5’11”, 170 lbs.- This North Carolina-native committed back in June, with scholarship offers from schools like Louisville, Connecticut, and Georgia State.
Mark Fields, Cornelius, NC, 4-star, 5’10”, 175 lbs.- Known as one of the top prospects at The Opening this year, Fields is a very instinctive player with a lot of speed on the field.
Antoine Wilder, College Park, Ga., 3-star, 5’11”, 185 lbs.- Teammate with Arden Key, this Georgia-peach will be an excellent addition to the 2015 pack.
Jalen Henry, Foley, Ala., 3-star, 6’0”, 220 lbs.- Committing back in June, Henry caught everyone a little off-guard. The Alabama-native had several scholarship offers from schools like Florida International and Southern Mississippi.
Jozie Milton, Clinton, La., 3-star, 6’2”, 310 lbs.- Milton comes from a tradition of football and is ranked 52nd in his position.
Joseph Charlton, Columbia, SC, 3-star, 6’4”, 185 lbs.- Brand new to the class of 2015, Charlton is a kicker over for local A.C. Flora High School. He received a scholarship offer this week from the Gamecocks and will be an excellent addition to special teams.
GamecockPride.com will keep you updated with commitments as they play out for South Carolina.