The class of 2013 is winding down for the Gamecocks and they've already started focusing heavily on the class of 2014.
This weekend, South Carolina will host a group of juniors that are considered some of the best in the country as this weekend is Junior Day.
Here's a rundown of a few names that will be in Columbia this Saturday:
- LB Bryson Allen-Williams - Ellenwood, Ga.
- WR Shaq Davidson - Gaffney, S.C.
- DE Andrew Williams - McDonough, Ga.
- OL Orlando Brown Jr. - Duluth, Ga.
- DT Poona Ford - Hilton Head, S.C.
- OL Donell Stanley - Latta, S.C.
- DT Peyton Newell - Hiawatha, Ka.
- WR Terry Googer - College Park, Ga.
- TE Kalan Ritchie - Goose Creek, S.C.
- RB Caleb Kinlaw - Goose Creek, S.C.
- ATH Joe Blue - Dillon, S.C.
There will be plenty more players here this coming weekend but South Carolina will get their chance to work on solidifying their status as the favorite, or one of the favorites, with these groups of players.
There's one guy we know for sure who's favoring South Carolina and that's Bryson Allen-Williams. He has publicly stated that South Carolina is his favorite school and has basically been recruiting for the Gamecocks through social media. However, he recently announced that he planned to make a decision in early August as to allow for his teammates to get more looks as college coaches come to check out Allen-Williams. It's hard to believe a scenario where Allen-Williams is not a Gamecock in this 2014 class. He has seemingly taken on the role that the Gamecocks have seen with 2013 commitment Devin Washington. Washington has been a positive influence, and a solid recruiter, for the Gamecocks so far so it's likely he'll continue that role going forward.
The Gamecocks already picked up a commitment from Dillon, S.C. athlete Joe Blue in recent weeks and the opportunity for a commitment this weekend isn't out of the question. The most likely candidate would be Gaffney, S.C. WR Shaq Davidson. The Gamecocks have made their pitch to Davidson and so far, it's worked. They have a nice lead here and likely will land a commitment sooner than later. Be on the lookout for a potential commitment this weekend although it's no guarantee.
A few out of state players will make their way here like Andrew Williams, Orlando Brown Jr. and Terry Googer. Williams was planning to visit Clemson this weekend but Bryson Allen-Williams convinced him otherwise. Brown Jr. is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Orlando Brown and is one of those special offensive line recruits that everyone wants in this cycle. Googer is another wanted player at the wide receiver position and has some heavy interest in South Carolina. The Gamecocks are the likely favorite right now but Notre Dame, Georgia and others will continue to push. These guys are just a small subset of the out of state recruits South Carolina has in mind for this cycle and gives you an idea of the caliber of recruits the Gamecocks are now involved with.
This weekend could go a long way to continue to building job that Steve Spurrier set out to do when he was hired here at South Carolina back in late 2004. There has been a steady progression and trending upward for the Gamecocks and you can expect that to continue if they are able to convince this group of recruits and more to make South Carolina their home in the coming years.