South Carolina’s 2013 signing class ranks among the nation’s top 25, something that’s happened every year under Steve Spurrier. The group ranks No. 16 by Rivals, No. 17 by ESPN, No. 20 by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout. As a whole, USC ranks No. 21 in the 247Sports Composite, which factors in four networks.
South Carolina needs help at linebacker, and one or more of Wednesday’s signees could see the field this season. Larenz Bryant, a consensus four-star prospect out of Charlotte, is regarded as an instinctual player and a solid tackler. At 215 pounds, he needs to gain weight.
Junior college cornerback Ronnie Martin, originally a signee from Spartanburg High, is on campus and will compete for playing time starting in spring practice. Two seasons at Georgia Military College can be a mental advantage for Martin as he transitions.
Georgia’s loss was South Carolina’s gain. Hoschton, Ga., defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, rated the top player in USC’s class, originally picked his home-state Bulldogs.
South Carolina fought a late charge from the home-state Terrapins to secure Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md. He had a strong senior year, played in the Under Armour game and finished No. 181 in the Rivals250 rankings.
Noted for his tenacity and motor on the field — and his positive attitude off it — signee Devin Washington of Orlando, Fla., had more than 30 scholarship offers.
Though he had a highly productive year (2,000 all-purpose yards, 25 scores), Jamari Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., lacked the publicity of fellow signee Williams. That’s partly because of all the higher-profile tailbacks in the Sunshine State. Smith is strong, quick and dedicated.
USC had a pair of high-profile decommitments, with Virginia linebacker Matt Rolin flipping to Florida and Brendan Langley changing his pledge to Georgia.
Quarterbacks: 1; Running backs: 2; Wide receivers: 0; Offensive linemen: 5; Tight ends: 0; Defensive ends: 3; Defensive tackles: 1; Linebackers: 4; Cornerbacks: 3; Safeties: 2; Kicker: 0
Georgia: 6; South Carolina: 4; Florida 4; North Carolina: 4; Maryland: 1; Pennsylvania: 1; Alabama 1.