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South Carolina Football Coaches On The Recruiting Trail
Many Gamecock fans believe the 31 signees from the high school class of 2007 mark the potential turn-around for the team that has yet to capture its first Southeastern Conference championship. With the previous recruiting season behind them, USC recruiting coordinator David Reaves and the rest of Spurrier's staff must focus on evaluating and offering prospective newcomers. So far, four players have already committed to USC with the desire to become part of the Gamecocks's 2008 recruiting class.
Former North Charleston (S.C.) High School defensive lineman Jarriel King originally committed to the Gamecocks in 2005 as a part of Steve Spurrier's first recruiting class at USC. King, however, failed to academically qualify and enrolled at Georgia Military, a junior college located in Milledgeville, Ga.
Although enrolling in a junior college re-opened King's recruiting, the South Carolina native solidified his commitment to USC early this summer despite interest from Auburn and Clemson. Many scouts expect the 6-foot-7-inch lineman to be among the highest-rated junior college prospects of the class of 2008. King will add depth to a Gamecock defensive line that has the pieces to soon become one of the better defensive fronts in the SEC.
Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast High School linebacker Shaq Wilson announced in April his plans to join the Gamecocks's 2008 recruiting class. Wilson spurned offers from programs such as Auburn, Georgia Tech and Miami among others to join former First Coast teammates Jamire Williams and Arkee Smith, both of whom signed with South Carolina in February 2007.
As a junior, Wilson racked up nine sacks and 132 tackles. Rivals.com lists the three-star linebacker as the No. 27 outside linebacker in the high school class of 2008 and the 54th best player in the state of Florida.
Greenwood (S.C.) High School product Jay Spearman committed to the Gamecocks in May following a successful junior season. During his first season at quarterback, Spearman accumulated more than 2,000 total yards, rushed for 17 touchdowns, and threw for seven touchdowns en route to guiding his team to the 2006 Class 4A Division II state championship.
Recruiting services list Spearman as an athlete, meaning he potentially could get looks at several positions at the college level. Rivals.com ranks the three-star prospect as the Palmetto State's 13th best player as well as the No. 47 athlete in this year's class. Spearman, who will likely play either wide receiver or cornerback at USC, received interest from several programs including Clemson, Penn State and Nebraska.
Summerville (S.C.) High School quarterback Reid McCollum committed to USC earlier this month following a long-awaited offer. McCollum was named the top quarterback prospect at this summer's Athens Nike Camp after a strong showing that generated interest from several SEC and ACC programs.
The 6-foot-4-inch quarterback threw for almost 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns during his junior campaign, although some recruiting analysts wonder if McCollum's stats were inflated due to the presence of teammate A.J. Green, the nation's No. 2 wide reciever prospect. Despite McCollum's doubters, Spurrier and staff will likely end their quarterback recruiting this season after receiving a commitment from the self-proclaimed lifelong Gamecock fan. Rivals.com lists McCollum as the 12th best player in the state and the nation's 12th best pro-style quarterback prospect.--
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