Scouting the SEC: South Carolina

Lou Holtz worked his magic and has this program headed in the right direction. Can he get them over the hump and to the next level? Tennessee aside, there may be a slight window of opportunity for USC to move towards the top of the SEC East. Several solid pro-prospects on the roster but none that really stick out to us.

South Carolina Gamecocks

The strength of the team, looking at it from the War Room anyway, is on the offense. There are a multitude of solid pro-prospects starting up front. Guard Cedric Williams is a powerful and fundamentally sound lineman that drives opponents off the ball run blocking, anchors in pass protection and at the same time displays surprising skills blocking on the move. To the eye Williams is a short, stout wide body that seems best in confined quarters but gets the job done when asked to play in space. He has an outside shot at being a first day pick next April. Senior right guard Shane Hall will be given free agent consideration while junior left tackle Travelle Wharton is one to keep an eye on for 2004. There is a lot of talent in the offensive backfield starting with quarterback Corey Jenkins. Quarterback? Offensive backfield? Jenkins, a tremendous athlete with good size, is an over-aged college player that spent time in semi-pro baseball and played both quarterback and fullback last season. He has the arm to be a signal caller but his quarterbacking skills are unrefined. Jenkins will get a lot of looks; whether it is at quarterback, running back, safety or possibly receiver remains to be seen. Due to unforeseen circumstances (Derrick Watson's dismissal, knee injury to Ryan Brewer) Andrew Pinnock, a devastating lead fullback, will take a large number or carries this season. Pinnock looks and plays every bit a 250-pound plus fullback. Smart, he is aware of his assignments and stays with the action. Dominant; he destroys defenders once engaged at the point of attack. Still, he is not fleet of foot when in pads and reminds us of a smarter version of former UNC fullback Deon Dyer.  More than likely Pinnock lands in the late part of day one. Speaking of Jake Brewer; Mr. Versatility is a threat carrying the ball, catching it or returning it. Brewer projects as solid situational player at the next level that can be lined up in different spots on third down while also being used as a return specialist. His true size/speed numbers will ultimately dictate his draft ranking. James Adkisson, a big-bodied receiver with potential at the next level, returns after missing last season and could move into the middle/late frames of the draft with a good campaign and successful pre-draft workouts.

Defensively, most all the prospects are of the late round, free agent variety, unlike the first day picks they've offered the past few years. Langston Moore is a quick, hard working defensive lineman that plays on the nose in the USC scheme and a prospect that could offer inexpensive depth for a team at the next level. Though he finds a way to wedge through blockers, lack of size will be an issue for Moore. Playing next to him is Dennis Quinn, and athletic yet undersized lineman that must pick up the tempo of his game but has the ability to be a late round choice. Rashard Faison plays the "spur" position in the Gamecock defense and is a hard-hitting, run defending defensive back with some pass cover skills in a small area. Though we would not classify Faison as a "straight-line" player, his size (5-9/185 area) coupled with the fact that he lacks the great range in pass defense will push him deep into the draft. He could ultimately make it as an eight defensive back whose main duties are on special teams; skills we feel he has for the next level. Lastly; linebacker Jermaine Lemon will get consideration if he runs well prior to the draft.

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