Scout's Take: Eight Arrive

Eight signees officially became Gamecocks this week when Marcus Lattimore, A.J. Cann, Tramell Williams, Ronald Patrick, Nick Jones, Sharrod Golightly, Corey Simmons and Dylan Thompson enrolled at the University of South Carolina. Look inside as takes a look at what each player will bring to the Gamecocks program, specifically in their first year in the program.

Eight Summer I Enrollees
Marcus Lattimore – No. 1 RB – 5-11/215 - Duncan (SC)
Quick Hitter: I have said from the beginning that Marcus Lattimore had the ability to run the ball on the collegiate level in 2009 when he was a high school senior. He is such a mature young man on and off the field and he will make an immediate impact in Columbia. As a running back he has outstanding vision, he has great hands, he can block, he has very good balance, and he will be productive as a true freshman in the SEC. - Chad Simmons

Watch Commitment

Year One Projection: Will play
A.J. Cann – No. 3 C – 6-2/280 - Bamberg (SC)
Quick Hitter: Quickness is Cann's forte with excellent hand placement coming off the ball as a tackle and drives very well with good power from his hips and understands how to keep himself from overextending - very well coached at the high school level. Traps and pulls as well as anyone between his quick feet and awareness. Size will move him inside in college.

Watch Commitment

Year One Projection: Could play
Tramell Williams – No. 8 C – 6-2/290 - Jacksonville (FL)
Quick Hitter: Williams can flat out play. While he plays along the D-Line and mainly tackle on offense, he projects as an interior OL in college. He has excellent foot quickness and explodes off the ball well enough to become a contributer at either guard or center in college. He one of the younger players in the 2010 class in Florida, may still have some growing to do. He's a legit 6-2 now after playing his junior season in the 6-0 range so it's not unlikely to think he could be a 6-4 kid before it's all said and done. Williams is still raw because he still relies too much on his overall strength and athletic ability at this level but he has a lot of the tools you look for in interior OL prospects.

Year One Projection: Could play
Ronald Patrick – No. 49 OG – 6-1/277 - Cocoa (FL)
Quick Hitter: Patrick comes from one of the state's top programs that won two straight state titles. He knows how to win and compete. He has arms like he's 6-5 and very good footwork. Plus, he's very well-coached. He's still smallish and will need to get stronger before he's able to really make a difference on the interior at the major college level. - Mike Bakas

Year One Projection: Could play
Sharrod Golightly – No. 85 S – 5-10/178 - Decatur (GA)
Quick Hitter: The weakest part of Golightly's game is in pass coverage. He just has not been tested a lot and when he has, he has not faired as well as he has when facing the run. His scheme brought him into the box a lot at safety and that is where he was most effective. He is a physical safety that tackles well and he could be effective on the blitz also. He needs to really work on his pass coverage to be a more complete safety. - Chad Simmons

Year One Projection: Could play on Special Teams
Nick Jones – No. 93 WR – 5-8/188 - Duncan (SC)
Quick Hitter: He is an undersized wideout, but he has a lot of speed and a lot of quickness. He gets very good separation, he catches the ball well in the traffic, and he would be a dangerous threat in the slot. - Chad Simmons

Jones plays best when he is in space and can make one player miss, though he is happy to hit a defender as well to get added yardage. Very low center of gravity and strength in his lower body, gets up to speed quickly and changes direction on a dime. Will not blow by defenders with his speed, but his vision allows him to cut through lanes and has a knack for finding a soft spot in zone.

Year One Projection: Likely redshirt
Corey Simmons – TE/DE – 6-5/225 - Norcross (GA)
Quick Hitter: Simmons, the son of former NFL great Clyde Simmons, Jr., is a late-bloomer who played multiple positions in high school but could play tight end or defensive end for the Gamecocks. Clyde Simmons was a lightly recruited defensive lineman who went on to be an outstanding NFL player, and the Gamecocks will hope to have found the same in his son.
Year One Projection: Likely redshirt
Dylan Thompson – QB – 6-2/206 - Boiling Springs (SC)
Quick Hitter: Dylan is a good second quarterback to have in a recruiting class. He's a very good athlete who could play a lot of different places if the quarterback position doesn't work out for him. He's got a good enough arm. He's a smart player. He doesn't make a lot of careless decisions with the ball. He's got good size, and he's very coachable. To me his biggest asset is his coachability. - Miller Safrit

Year One Projection: Definite redshirt

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