Crunching the numbers: Gamecocks' recruiting, scholarships

08/24/2014 11:08 PM

08/24/2014 11:19 PM

A by-the-numbers look at the Gamecocks' in-progress recruiting class for 2015 and the scholarship situation as best we understand (and can explain it).

... South Carolina has 80 players currently on scholarship (maximum of 82) after the additions of senior fullback Jordan Diaz and junior receiver Carlton Heard. That leaves 2 open spots, and those are expected to be filled.

... The Gamecocks have 27 "new" commitments for 2015 from high school and junior-college prospects.

... There are 30 total prospects who plan to join the Gamecocks for 2015, including 3 carry-overs from the 2014 class who did not qualify initially: defensive linemen Dante Sawyer and Dexter Wideman, as well as defensive back Darin Smalls.

... USC will have 15 "initial counters" for the current academic year (2014-15) -- that includes 14 true freshmen signees. Because Heard has been with the program for under two years, he registers now as an initial counter.

... With those 15 first-time counters and 22 being the current initial scholarship limit, as many as 7 prospects for the Class of 2015 can enroll in January and "count back" to the 2014-15 academic year. (Enrolling midyear doesn't guarantee someone will be counted back - they could also count forward if needed.)

... USC had 5 scholarship seniors heading into the 2013 season. With Jadeveon Clowney expected to turn pro, coaches started with 6 scholarships and signed a class of 21. (Of the group, 6 did not qualify. Defensive tackle Abu Lamin enrolled midyear.)

... The Gamecocks return to a full 85 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year and a maximum of 25 initial counters, starting the fall semester of 2015.

... The Gamecocks have 16 scholarship seniors for 2014.

... With 85 scholarships for 2015, 16 departing seniors would put USC at 69. If the class holds at 30, the Gamecocks project to be at 99, which is 14 over the limit.

... USC is still expected to take 2 to 3 more commitments for this class.

... Unknown variables that will open up more scholarships: USC will lose some juniors to the NFL after this season. Other players will transfer or leave the team. And it's always possible walk-ons who go on scholarship may not have those renewed.


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