South Carolina seemed pretty set, at one point in time, with offensive line recruits Donell Stanley and Bentley Spain for the 2014 recruiting class.
Both players seemed destined to be Gamecocks and thus locking down the offensive line spots in this upcoming 2014 class thanks to the limited numbers.
Well, South Carolina has handed out an offer to a local instate product by the name of Malik Young.
Young, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive guard, has just two offers to his name right now and they are South Carolina and South Carolina State. He has some other listed interest from schools like Clemson and Duke but the Piedmont, SC native appears to be headed for the Garnet and Black.
South Carolina is considered his "dream school" and a commitment could be forthcoming from the recruit.
If South Carolina accepts a commitment from Young, it likely means they will miss the boat on either Donell Stanley or Bentley Spain. Spain is looking at a possible early decision but the Gamecocks have serious competition from Stanford and North Carolina. It even appears that Stanford is the choice for Spain in large part due to their academics. South Carolina offers everything that Spain wants but is not quite on the same level academically as Stanford. The Gamecocks look to be in great shape with Stanley, although he'll likely wait till later before making a decision.
Young appears to be a player that fits the South Carolina offensive line mold in the fact that he's versatile and could be used at multiple spots across the offensive line. South Carolina's offer to Young is a committable offer and you could imagine that he'll pick up more offers along the way unless he commits to the Gamecocks soon.
Malik Young is a new name for the Gamecocks in 2014 but is a name that will likely end up as part of the 2014 recruiting class.