South Carolina is well on its way to putting together the majority of the pieces for its Class of 2012 recruiting haul.
The commitments since last week of Lovejoy (Ga.) defensive back Rico McWilliams and defensive end Darius English of Powder Springs (Ga.) give the Gamecocks eight members of the rising senior class. Considering this is expected to be a smaller-than-normal class, USC may have already gained more than half of the commitments it needs to fill up.
GoGamecocks.com discussed USC’s class with ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill, who believes at least one member of USC’s class isn’t getting the star treatment he deserves.
“Surprisingly, a guy that my staff and I believe has flown under the radar is Brock Stadnik,” ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said. “We think as an offensive tackle prospect he’s got a chance to be really, really good. We’re a little surprised he hasn’t received as much national attention or attention throughout the SEC. I think that’s a nice steal for South Carolina.”
Stadnik and his non-identical twin, Clayton, committed to USC in May. The Western Guilford (N.C.) duo picked USC over Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, N.C. State and East Carolina, the schools that offered them both. Brock had a litany of other offers, too.
Luginbill had not evaluated Clayton on film, but some analysts believe he has the chance to develop into a solid center for the Gamecocks later in his career. Even if he doesn’t, it may prove to be a worthy decision to take that risk if Brock becomes the program’s left or right tackle of the future.
Here are Luginbill’s thoughts on USC’s other commitments:
Kyle Fleetwood, DB, Stephenson (Ga.): “He’s a really good looking player on the hoof. I think he’s a legitimate wide receiver candidate, but I also think he can play as a safety/linebacker hybrid. He’s that well put together. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up, because he’s such as a load as a receiver. He’s a big physical guy that can create mismatches. I think his value on both sides of the ball gives the coaching staff some options.”
T.J. Holloman, OLB, St. Pius X (Ga.): “He’s a really impressive looking outside linebacker. We feel he’s got a chance to be very good, and they’ve done a very good job at the linebacker spot with some guys. Shaq Wilson was lightly recruited but he comes in and makes an immediate impact. I think where South Carolina has done a good job is pinpointing what works for them.”
Carlos Hood, DT, Stephenson (Ga.): “We like him a lot. He’s not going to be in our ESPN top-150, but he’s received a high-end, BCS grade, which means he’ll probably project to be a starter at a BCS school at some point during his career.”
Kendric Salley, RB, Williston-Elko (S.C.): “We like him. He’s another high-end, BCS grade but not a top-150 grade. We do think he is underrated, however. He’s really compactly built. He’s got power. I think he’s got very good play speed considering what his running style is. He’s built low to the ground, but I think he’ll create power and create some churning out of yardage over the course of the game. In the SEC you better have more than one back and there better not be a significant drop-off between one guy to the next.”
Note: Luginbill was interviewed before McWilliams and English made their commitments to the Gamecocks.