Four recruits began attending classes at USC on Wednesday, but Blythewood running back Brandon Wilds was not among them.
The four new players are junior college transfer Kaleb Broome, prep school transfers Kelcy Quarles and Brison Williams and true freshman Martay Mattox.
Wilds, who indicated an interest in enrolling early, could not be reached Wednesday.
Two other recruits who planned to enroll early also were not present.
Brandon Golson, a Calhoun County linebacker who spent the fall at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, was denied admission by USC because of academic concerns. Cornerback Thomas Finnie changed his commitment from USC to Miami.
Broome, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman and Aiken native, spent the past two years at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville, Ga. He was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s first-team All-America squad.
Quarles, a 6-4, 265-pound defensive tackle from Greenwood, signed with the Gamecocks in February. He attended Fork Union in the fall and was named to Parade Magazine’s All-America team.
Williams, a 5-10, 200-pound defensive back from Warner Robins, Ga., signed with the Gamecocks in February 2010. He attended Fork Union in the fall. He was considered the nation’s sixth-best prep school player by Rivals.com.
Mattox, a 6-1, 185-pound athlete, graduated from Clarke Central in Athens, Ga., in December. He played quarterback and also was used as a cornerback during his senior season.