The recruiting class of 2014 has one that could be a potential great one for the Gamecocks and there are several players that South Carolina has positioned themselves greatly in the state of South Carolina.
There are seven prospects from South Carolina in 247sports.com's Top 247 recruits and the Gamecocks look to be the front-runners for four of them.
- Shaq Davidson - Four-star wide receiver recruit from Gaffney, South Carolina
- Donell Stanley - Four-star offensive lineman from Latta, South Carolina
- Dexter Wideman - Four-star defensive tackle from Saluda, South Carolina
- Naquez Pringle - Four-star defensive tackle from Hemingway, South Carolina
In addition to those four, South Carolina is also heavily in the mix for several other talented players like Kevin Crosby, Kalan Ritchie, Caleb Kinlaw, Blake Bone, Christian Taylor, Darin Smalls and Poona Ford.
The Gamecocks could likely land an entire signing class of prospects from in-state in 2014 but have some other highly-touted prospects from out-of-state that they are currently after like Da'Shawn Hand, Braxton Berrios, Terry Googer and more.
Make no mistake about it - the class of 2014 in South Carolina has a much greater talent level than the 2013 class. There seems to be bigger impact players at the next level which is why it's important for South Carolina to lock up some in-state talent.
Over the recent years of success, the Gamecocks have been able to sign some big producers on this football team from South Carolina. The names Alshon Jeffery, Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney have all lifted the program to new heights than its ever been before. All of these players are bona-fide stars and all hailed from the state of South Carolina.
In order to win the big games, it's important to keep the top talent in-state. In years past, you would have seen these types of players leave for opportunities at a school like Tennessee or Georgia. Now, South Carolina has been able to show that you can win in-state and you can move on to the next level.
The class of 2014 is expected to be limited in scholarship numbers now based on a variety of factors, but don't be surprised if you see a lot of names on this list that hail from the state of South Carolina.
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