IMMEDIATE HELP | Chester athlete C.C. Whitlock likely will be on the field somewhere. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder turned heads at cornerback at the Under Armour All-Star Game, but he also racked up 2,000 all-purpose yards this past season. If 2005 signee Jarriel King finishes his Georgia Military classwork and shows up in shape, the 6-foot-7, 315-pounder could be a force. With USC coaches hoping to take some strain off kicker/punter Ryan Succop, look for Ryan Doerr to get a shot punting. Defensive backs Akeem Auguste and Antonio Allen, who signed with USC last year before heading to prep school, should play immediately, Steve Spurrier said.
PROJECTS | Beaufort defensive end Devin Taylor (6-6, 225) is a tall, athletic player who would benefit from a redshirt year in the weight room. Jarrett Burns was a quarterback at his Mobile, Ala., high school but is projected as a safety at USC. Spurrier redshirts most first-year offensive linemen, so T.J. Johnson and Elliot Williams could be given a year to get bigger and stronger. Reggie Bowens, a linebacker from Culliver’s high school in Garner, N.C., makes this list as a result of recent shoulder surgery that might prompt a redshirt.
STEALS | Scout.com national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg believes the Gamecocks found a sleeper in tailback Kenny Miles, who rushed for 2,500 yards in his first season as a starter at football-power Brookwood High in suburban Atlanta. Miles (5-10, 200) had five games of 200 yards or more and tallied 25 touchdowns this past season. Newberg also likes linebacker Shaq Wilson (6-0, 220), saying the three-star prospect would have been rated higher if he were a little bigger. Strom Thurmond’s Aramis Hillary could be a change-of-pace quarterback in the mold of Syvelle Newton.
ONES THAT GOT AWAY | A year after signing the nation’s top-rated receiving class, the Gamecocks landed only one true receiver: D.L. Moore of Bowling Green, Ky. Cheraw receiver Jaron Brown, a former teammate of USC linebacker Cliff Matthews, picked Clemson. Miami receiver Tommy Streeter waited until Wednesday before announcing for his hometown Hurricanes. Another Florida receiver, T.J. Lawrence of Lakeland, went with the Gators after considering USC and Michigan. The Gamecocks thought they had a shot at defensive end Glenn Harbin (6-6, 250) of Mobile, Ala. But Harbin opted to stay close to home at Alabama.