Antonio Allen, S, 6-2, 190, Fork Union Prep (Va.) | Enrolled at Carolina in January after spending the 2007 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. ... Considered the 23rd-best prep school prospect in the country by rivals.com. ... As a high school senior at Trinity Catholic in Ocala, Fla., in 2006, earned first-team all-state honors after logging 126 tackles and four interceptions.
Akeem Auguste, CB, 5-11, 180, Fork Union Prep (Va.) | After his season at Fork Union, given a four-star rating and considered the 14th-best prep school prospect in the country by rivals.com. ... Credited with 114 tackles and 10 interceptions in his final two seasons at Chaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Fla., ... Made 54 tackles and three interceptions as a senior on his way to first-team all-state accolades.
Eric Baker, RB, 5-11, 190, Fork Union Prep (Va.) | Played on both sides of the ball at Fork Union, rushed for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns despite a nagging ankle injury and was considered the eighth-best prep school prospect in the country by rivals.com. ... Led the state of Florida in rushing during his senior season with 1,703 yards and 16 touchdowns at Edward H. White in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Rushed for more than 1,500 yards in each of his final two seasons in high school.
Reggie Bowens, LB, 6-2, 210, Garner HS (Holly Springs, N.C.) | The first-team all-state selection produced more than 100 tackles during his senior season. ... Played in the Shrine Bowl. ... A high school teammate of Gamecock Chris Culliver. ... Chose South Carolina over North Carolina, Clemson and East Carolina among others.
Jarrett Burns, S, 6-3, 185, Lee HS (Huntsville, Ala.) | All-city and all-region selection during his high school career. ... Played quarterback in high school but is projected as a safety. High school teammate of Gamecock Darian Stewart. ... Played at same high school as assistant coach Ron Cooper.
Ronald Byrd, DE, 6-6, 258, Callaway HS (LaGrange, Ga.) | All-area selection as a high school offensive lineman. ... Tallied 45 tackles, including seven sacks during his senior year. ... Chose South Carolina over Arkansas, Auburn, Indiana, Louisville and Purdue.
Kenny Davis, DT, 6-4, 295, Newberry HS (Newberry) | First-team all-state honoree by The State for his senior season. ... Played in the Shrine Bowl. ... Helped his team to the Class 2A state championship game as a junior. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 38 defensive tackle in this signing class and the 14th-best prospect in the state.
Ryan Doerr, P/PK, 6-3, 185, Katy HS (Katy, Texas) | Helped Katy (Texas) High School to a 16-0 record and the Class 5A Division II state title as a senior. ... Named a second-team All-American by MaxPreps.com. ... Tallied 57 touchbacks in 108 kickoff attempts. ... Averaged 42.7 yards per punt during his senior season. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 18 kicker in this signing class.
Aramis Hillary, QB, 6-2, 205, Strom Thurmond HS (North Augusta) | Produced 2,400 yards and 16 touchdowns passing and another 980 yards and 18 scores rushing as a senior. ... A North-South All-Star Game selection. ... Passed for 1,762 yards and ran for 752 more as a junior, producing 21 TDs. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 14 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the 19th-best player in the state.
T.J. Johnson, OL, 6-4, 285, Aynor (Aynor) | Earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the 13th-best offensive center in the nation and the 17th-best player in the state. ... Chose USC over Vanderbilt, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, and N.C. State.
Jarriel King, DE, 6-7, 285, Georgia Military | Graduated from North Charleston High in 2005 and signed with the Gamecocks. ... Named to the Class 3A all-defensive team and rated the 11th-best player in the state by High School Sports Report. ... Recorded 86 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three blocked kicks in 2004.
Reid McCollum, QB, 6-4, 195, Summerville HS (Summerville) | Led Summerville to Class 4A Division I state championship game as a senior. ... Passed for 3,644 yards and 44 touchdowns in his final season. ... Threw for 518 yards and nine touchdowns in one game. ... As a junior, he passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. ... Was recruited by Wake Forest, Duke and N.C. State.
Kenneth Miles, RB, 5-10, 200, Brookwood HS (Lawrenceville, Ga.) | Rushed for more than 2,400 yards during senior season. ... Garnered first-team all-state and first-team all-area honors during senior season. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 33 running back in the nation in this signing class and the 38th-best player in Georgia.
D.L. Moore, WR, 6-4, 178, Bowling Green HS (Bowling Green, Ky.) | Caught 60 passes for 1,350 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior season. ... Helped lead his team to the state championship game. ... Rivals.com ranks him as the eighth-best player in the state. ... Chose South Carolina over offers from Cincinnati, Colorado, Nebraska and Purdue.
Darrell Simmons, S, 6-1, 185, Banneker HS (College Park, Ga.) | An All-City selection at Banneker High by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his senior season after accumulating 94 total tackles, including 16 for loss. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 41 safety in the nation in the 2008 signing class and the 39th-best player in Georgia. ... A former high school teammate of Gamecocks Carlos Thomas, Ladi Ajiboye and Addison Williams. ... Chose South Carolina over offers from Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Jay Spearman, DB, 6-0, 187, Greenwood HS (Greenwood) | After playing quarterback in high school, he is expected to compete at defensive back for the Gamecocks but could also be used at wide receiver. ... Racked up 1,300 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns while leading Greenwood to an 11-2 record as a senior. ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,111 yards and 17 touchdowns and threw for 1,108 yards and seven scores, helping Greenwood to the Class 4A Division II state title.
Chaz Sutton, DE, 6-4, 236, Jenkins HS (Savannah, Ga.) | Played on both sides of the ball at Jenkins High School in Savannah, Ga. ... Rushed 75 times for 830 yards, an 11.7 yard per carry average and logged 85 tackles including six sacks as a junior. ... Ranked as the No. 6 weakside defensive end in the nation by rivals.com and the 17th-best player in Georgia. ... Originally committed to Florida.
Devin Taylor, DE, 6-6, 225, Beaufort HS (Beaufort) | Totaled 110 tackles with 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a senior. ... Helped lead his team to Class 4A championship game. ... Had 80 tackles and four sacks as a junior. ... Considered a three-star prospect. ... Was the 21st-best player in the state according to rivals.com.
Mike Triglia, TE, 6-4, 234, Bolles HS (Jacksonville, Fla.) | Caught five touchdowns during his senior season at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, helping lead the Bulldogs to second round of state playoffs. ... Ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the state of Florida by FlaVarsity.com. ... The 61st-best tight end in the country according to Scout.com.
C.C. Whitlock, ATH, 5-11, 172, Chester HS (Chester) | Capable of playing multiple positions, including wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner. ... Caught 23 passes for 418 yards, an average of 18.2 yards per catch, rushed 77 times for 266 yards with five touchdowns and completed 58-of-91 passes for 864 yards and 11 touchdowns for coach Victor Floyd. ... Participated in the ESPN/Under Armour All-Star Game in Orlando where he returned an interception for a touchdown. ... Rated as the third-best player in the state and the No. 10 cornerback prospect in the nation by rivals.com.
Elliot Williams, OL, 6-6, 275, Etowah HS (Woodstock, Ga.) | Played on both the offensive and defensive line at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Ga. ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 70 offensive tackle in this signing class. ... Scout.com ranks him as the 48th-best offensive tackle in the country ... Chose South Carolina over offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Marshall.
Shaq Wilson, LB, 6-0, 220, First Coast HS (Jacksonville, Fla.) | As a senior, he totaled 116 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while leading his team to an 11-3 record and the district title. ... Was named the area’s Defensive Player of the Year by The Florida Times-Union and was an all-state selection. ... Logged 132 tackles including nine sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles as a junior.