The Gamecocks are starting to wrap up another year of recruiting and while the majority of their class is already full they've got plenty of prospects left to talk about. Last night Life of a Gamecock had a few articles up about Sheldon Royster and Jadeveon Cloweny. Be sure to check the Football Recruiting section for those updates. Let's dive into a few prospects and get some updates on them.
- Marcquis Roberts and Rory Anderson have long been considered Gamecocks. They haven't officially committed to South Carolina but have pretty much been saying for months that the Gamecocks had led for the Powder Springs, GA duo. GA Mangus should once again be held responsible for USC being in such a good position. Anderson is an under-sized TE prospect who could flourish in the USC offense. Roberts looks like a quality LB who could provide some depth for the Gamecocks. Both players could probably use a redshirt season to bulk up at the next level. According to PalmettoSports.com, Mangus plans to meet with the players on Monday in hopes of trying to lock them down for good. Roberts seems set for a public decision on Wednesday I believe. Anderson just visited Tennessee this past weekend and may be giving them some consideration but I think USC should be in the clear for both players this week.
- Roderick Byers is another player from Rock Hill that has been one of the Gamecock favorites in this class. It's long been thought he would end up at USC but as the class filled up and Byers waited it appeared like he may end up elsewhere. There's been some news that Byers plans an official visit somewhere this weekend. It's either USC or Oregon. Clemson just picked up a commitment from DL Jeoffrey Pagan so it's widely expected that Clemson won't offer Byers. USC and Oregon have offered Byers and it looks like it's down to those two. Oregon just completed a season where they were in the national championship game. I'm sure he's interested but I think that distance will play a big factor. I project he'll end up at USC and that's where he'll be this weekend. Look for a quick decision right after his official visit. Byers will probably start out at DE but will more than likely grow into a DT.
- Tanner McEvoy finished his official visit to North Carolina this past weekend. There were even rumors that he was going to make a decision late last night according to The Big Spur. Well no decision has been made but he plans to contact coaching staffs at USC and UNC and inform them of their decision. Some of the recruiting gurus on Cockytalk.com have said that there has been no indication that UNC feels good about their chances after the official visit and we should expect McEvoy to commit soon to USC. A decision could come as early as Monday.
- The other QB on USC's board is Jacoby Brissett. USC has increased the pressure on Brissett in the last few weeks and have made up some considerable ground. FSU has long been the strong leader due to the connection with his TE Nick O'Leary and their desire to play together in college. Florida offered Brissett a grayshirt offer under Urban Meyer but new coach Will Muschamp and Charlie Weis have offered him a full scholarship and made him a big priority. Weis and Brissett hung out this past Saturday in Gainesville on an unofficial visit and even saw USC beat Florida in basketball. Wisconsin is a player here too but it sounds like UF or FSU should land Brissett. He's supposed to make an official visit this weekend when USC will have their big recruiting weekend. It's been said that if he makes it then USC is a serious contender for Brissett. We'll have to wait and see if he shows up. I expect him to cancel that visit and stay in Florida but we'll follow this story later this week.
- USC commitment Jared Henry made an official visit to Central Florida this past weekend. Henry has been a commitment for awhile but took the visit at his mother's request. Henry should be at USC this weekend and I wouldn't worry about him switching to UCF in the future.
Big updates on some top prospects from this past weekend. USC should finish extremely strong and this class will be very balanced with a strong emphasis on both the offensive and defensive line. The SEC is won in the trenches so this will give USC the extra players it needs to continue to compete for SEC Championships.