Three standouts in the Class of 2010 are still planning to play college football at South Carolina.
Linebacker Brandon Golson, safety Brison Williams and defensive end Kelcy Quarles all signed with the Gamecocks last February and ultimately ended up at Fork Union Military Academy after failing to quality academically.
All are having standout campaigns this fall, are on pace to finish their studies at Fork Union in December and are planning to enroll at South Carolina in January, Fork Union coach John Shuman said.
“Kelcy Quarles has got four sacks and a couple deflections and batted balls,” Shuman said. “He plays defensive end and plays it pretty hard and well. We’re happy with him.
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“Brandon Golson has an interception and a kickoff return for a touchdown. We blitz him a lot. I’d imagine he has about nine sacks already. Brison Williams plays safety for us. He already has two interceptions.”
Shuman said the trio is on the fast track to leave Fork Union by December.
He said Fork Union hasn’t had a lot of traffic from college recruiters this fall, boding well for USC’s attempts to keep other schools from securing the services of Golson, Williams and Quarles.
South Carolina’s recruiting class, which hasn’t expanded or shrunk in more than a month, ranked 21st nationally this week, according to rivals.com.
The Gamecocks have 15 commitments in the Class of 2011 and are also expected to add the services of three players that signed with them last February but did not qualify. USC is expected to sign a full class of 25 players this February.
USC currently ranks eighth among SEC schools in the rankings. Alabama, LSU, Florida and Ole Miss are ranked among the top 10, while Georgia (12th), Auburn (16th), and Arkansas (20th) also came in ahead of the Gamecocks.
However, USC would see a considerable jump in its standing if several high-profile prospects, such as Jadeveon Clowney or Brandon Shell, were added to the fold.