Recruiting rolls right along: Names to know for 2014
Coaches target next crop of signees
02/08/2013 5:00 AM
09/29/2013 7:26 PM
The South Carolina football coaching staff’s efforts to land the class of 2014 are well under way.
According to 247Sports, the Gamecocks have extended 100 scholarship offers for next year’s class, including 12 in South Carolina, 27 in Florida and 26 in Georgia.
Dillon linebacker Joe Blue is the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the group. Here are 24 more names to know for 2014.
1. DA’SHAWN HAND
DE, 6-5, 247, Woodbridge, Va.
The Gamecocks are in the latest top five for Hand, who may be the nation’s top recruit in 2014.
2. SHAQ DAVIDSON
WR, 6-0, 170, Gaffney
USC is the favorite for this talented Upstate receiver, who is ranked No. 1 in South Carolina by 247Sports.
3. DERRELL SCOTT
RB, 5-11, 180, Havelock, N.C.
247Sports ranks him the No. 1 all-purpose back for 2014. Scott has had the Gamecocks No. 1 for awhile.
4. DONNELL STANLEY
OL, 6-4, 327, Latta
Big instate lineman has USC in his top group with Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and Ohio State.
5. DEXTER WIDEMAN
DT, 6-3, 276, Saluda
USC and Clemson are strong with Wideman, who grew up a Gamecocks fan.
6. BRYSON ALLEN-WILLIAMS
LB, 6-2, 218, Ellenwood, Ga.
The Gamecocks are a strong favorite for one of Georgia’s top prospects. He has set Aug. 9 for his announcement date.
7. KEVIN CROSBY
TE/LB, 6-2, 236, Bamberg
Previously a USC lean, he has a top group of South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.
8. DARIN SMALLS
CB, 5-11, 182, Summerville
Smalls has been favoring the Gamecocks since getting their offer, and that remains unchanged.
9. TERRY GOOGER
WR, 6-4, 211, Atlanta
Big receiver prospect has the Gamecocks in his top group with Notre Dame and Louisville.
10. DREW BARKER
QB, 6-4, 210, Hebron, Ky.
Four-star prospect is the only quarterback USC has offered for this class. He recently named USC his favorite over Tennessee.
11. BLAKE BONE
WR, 6-5, 195, Woodruff
Gamecocks are showing serious interest in the big instate receiver.
12. POONA FORD
DT, 6-1, 288, Hilton Head
South Carolina is his biggest offer, and the Gamecocks are his current favorite.
13. BENTLEY SPAIN
OL, 6-6, 285, Charlotte
One of the top North Carolina prospects for 2014, the Gamecocks are among his latest top group that includes LSU, Michigan and North Carolina.
14. CHRISTIAN MILLER
LB, 6-4, 200, Columbia
The local product and son of Gamecock great Corey Miller recently named Florida his leader.
15. NAQUEZ PRINGLE
DT, 6-2, 270, Hemingway
There’s an instate battle for the Carvers Bay tackle.
16. BRAXTON BERRIOS
WR, 5-10, 173, Raleigh
USC and Clemson are strongly in the mix, among other schools.
17. JAYLAN BARBOUR
WR, 5-9, 170, Monroe, N.C.
The Charlotte-area receiver has the Gamecocks and Tar Heels as his favorites.
18. CALEB KINLAW
RB, 5-10, 180, Goose Creek
The likely top instate tailback for 2014, Kinlaw recently named Tennessee his favorite.
19. KALAN RITCHIE
TE, 6-5, 215, Goose Creek
At times he has said USC leads but currently claims no favorite. Looks like an instate battle.
20. DESHAUN DAVIS
LB, 6-0, 235, Prichard, Ala.
Gamecocks were the first major offer for the Alabama prospect.
21. ORLANDO BROWN JR.
OT, 6-7, 340, Duluth, Ga.
Son of former NFL lineman, the late Orlando Brown, has more than 30 offers and visited USC on junior day.
22. ANTHONY MOTEN
DE, 6-4, 279, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Being recruited hard by South Carolina and Miami, among others.
23. PEYTON NEWELL
DE, 6-3, 280, Hiawatha, Kansas
With more than 20 offers, Newell made the trip east for USC’s most recent junior day. He even Tweeted this on Thursday: “Really liking South Carolina in the recruiting game right now.”
24. ANDREW WILLIAMS
DE, 6-4, 231, Mcdonough, Ga.
A top prospect in Georgia, Williams joined his friend Bryson Allen-Williams during USC's recent junior day.
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