One area South Carolina football fans harped on through the 2016 season was the run defense and a defensive line that got pushed around at times.
Will Muschamp’s staff’s attempts to rectify that have now drawn national attention.
South Carolina’s three-man defensive tackle class was ranked No. 6 nationally by Rivals’ Nick Krueger. The recruiting service gave M.J. Webb and Aaron Sterling four stars, plus had junior college signee Javon Kinlaw as a three-star.
“It didn’t take much time for Will Muschamp to start effectively recruiting to Columbia after doubling the Gamecocks’ win total from last season and landing a top-20 recruiting class in 2017,” Krueger wrote. “Both Webb and Sterling are Georgia prospects with an opportunity to help improve a defense that, on average, allowed more that 200 yards rushing and 400 yards of offense per game last year. Kinlaw is a junior college prospect out of Mississippi, but weighs in at 6-5, 304 pounds, and will add depth to the group.”
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Webb is already on campus, and went though some bowl practices with the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks return starting tackles Ulric Jones and Taylor Stallworth, plus backup Keir Thomas, who saw a lot of time as a true freshman. They also get Stephon Taylor and possibly Aaron Thompson off redshirt seasons.