Andy Stapes of Sports Illustrated Magazine and si.com ranks South Carolina No. 8 in the nation in his post-spring College Football Top 25.
Here’s what Staples said about the Gamecocks:
Key returnees: QB Stephen Garcia, RB Marcus Lattimore, WR Alshon Jeffery, C T.J. Johnson, DE Devin Taylor, S DeVonte Holloman, CB Stephon Gilmore.
Spring star: OG A.J. Cann.
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Spring recap: "Quarterback Stephen Garcia remains suspended, but until he misses an actual game, we'll assume Garcia is on the same double-secret probation he's been on since his arrival in Columbia. Regardless of whether Garcia or sophomore Connor Shaw plays quarterback, South Carolina has the SEC's best returning receiver (Alshon Jeffery) and one of the conference's best running backs (Marcus Lattimore). Meanwhile, coordinator Ellis Johnson's defense could be interesting. It's too early to anoint freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but junior defensive end Devin Taylor seems on the verge of a breakout season. In the secondary, 6-foot-1 cornerback Stephon Gilmore could be one of the SEC's top defenders if he can cut down on busted plays. What's more, South Carolina got the best schedule draw in the SEC: No Alabama. No LSU. Florida comes to Columbia. The Gamecocks go to Georgia, Mississippi State and Arkansas, but given their talent, they should be the favorites in the SEC East."
Other SEC teams ranked: Alabama No. 3, LSU No. 4, Arkansas No. 13, Auburn No. 18 and Mississippi State No. 22.
Georgia and Florida just missed the cut.