Bios: Meet USC's class of 2013 signees

February 6, 2013 

A look at the 21 players who South Carolina confirmed as signees on Wednesday.

Name SKAI MOORE (1 p.m.)

Linebacker, 6-2, 210; Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (University School)

Made 103 tackles his senior year, including 22 for loss and six sacks. Also had four interceptions and a blocked punt. Rated four-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports. ... Former Rutgers commitment.

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Name DAVID WILLIAMS (12:51 p.m.)

Running back, 6-1, 202; Philadelphia (Imhotep Inst Charter School)

Rushed for more than 1,790 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior. ... Played in Semper-Fidelis All American Bowl. ... Consensus four-star tailback. ... He also considered Penn State, Ohio State and Miami.

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Name JAMARI SMITH (11:19 a.m.)

Running back, 6-0, 200; Jacksonville, Fla. (Fletcher)

As a senior he rushed for 1,648 yards and 22 touchdowns; added 21 receptions for 358 yard and three scores. ... Ranked the 15th all-purpose back by 247Sports. ... Consensus three-star prospect. ... Picked USC over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Wake Forest and others.

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Name BRYCE KING (11:15 a.m.)

Offensive lineman, 6-3, 300; Dillon (Dillon)

2012 Shrine Bowl selection. ... Played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. ... Started at right tackle for the 2012 Class AA-I state champions. ... No. 7 center prospect by 247Sports. ... A consensus three-star prospect, he also had offers from Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, others.

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Name DEVAN'TE COVINGTON (10:55 a.m.)

Defensive end, 6-4, 220; Rockingham, N.C. (Richmond Senior)

2012 Shrine Bowl selection. ... Nation's 21st best weakside defensive end prospect, according to 247Sports. ... A consensus three-star prospect. ... Also had offers from Clemson, Tennessee, N.C. State.

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Name NA'TY RODGERS (10:42 a.m.)

Offensive lineman, 6-4, 285; Pomfret, Md. (McDonough)

Under Armour All-America Game participant. ... ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals all rate him as a four-star prospect. ... The 19th-best offensive tackle prospect, according to 247Sports. ... Picked the Gamecocks over Maryland.

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Name GERALD TURNER (10:38 a.m.)

Linebacker/defensive end, 6-4, 240; Goose Creek, S.C. (Goose Creek)

2012 Shrine Bowl selection. ... As a senior, had 49 tackles, eight sacks, eight passes defended and a forced fumble. ... Participated in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. ... Consensus three-star prospect. ... Also had offers from Clemson and North Carolina.

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Name MOHAMED CAMARA (10:38 a.m.)

Linebacker/spur, 6-2, 205; Cumming, Ga. (West Forsyth)

As a senior, had 82 tackles, seven sacks and three interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He added three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and 12 quarterback hurries. ... A three-star prospect, he also had offers from Central Florida, East Carolina and others.

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Name DAVID JOHNSON (10:42 a.m.)

Defensive end, 6-2, 240; Lithonia, Ga. (Lithonia)

As a senior had 109 total tackles, nine sacks, 19 tackles for loss, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. ... Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN. ... Participated in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

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Name ALAN KNOTT (10:02 a.m.)

Offensive lineman, 6-5, 270; Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)

Helped lead Sandy Creek to Georgia 4A state title in 2012. ... Played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. ... No. 18 offensive tackle and a four-star prospect, according to ESPN. ... Picked the Gamecocks over North Carolina.

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Name PHAROH COOPER (9:48 a.m.)

Athlete/defensive back, 6-0, 194; Havelock, N.C. (Havelock)

2012 Shrine Bowl selection and MVP for N.C. team with 243 total yards. .... Participated in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. ... As a senior, led team to Class 3A state title with 2,948 passing yards and 26 touchdowns; also ran for 1,283 yards and 20 scores. ... Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, he had offers from North Carolina, N.C. State and East Carolina.

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Name ALI GROVES (9:34 a.m.)

Athlete/defensive back, 5-11, 190; Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

247Sports rates him the 40th best safety prospect. ... Missed most of junior season with neck fracture. ... A three-star recruit, he also had offers from Florida, Kentucky, Missouri and others.

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Name LARENZ BRYANT (9:34 a.m.)

Linebacker, 6-1, 210; Charlotte, N.C. (Vance)

U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant. ... 2012 Shrine Bowl selection. ... Consensus four-star prospect. ... Second-highest-rated prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports Composite (factors in all rankings). ... As a senior, had nine sacks, an interception, two fumble recoveries; also rushed for 1,694 yards. ... Chose the Gamecocks over Clemson, Georgia and Florida.

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Name KELSEY GRIFFIN (9:09 a.m.)

Defensive tackle, 6-3, 290; Hochston, Ga. (Mill Creek)

Under Armour All-America Game participant. ... Consensus four-star prospect. ... Highest-rated prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports Composite (factors in all rankings).

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Name JONATHAN WALTON (9:03 a.m.)

Linebacker, 6-1, 228; Daphne, Ala. (Bayside Academy)

Made 122 tackles as a senior. Also rushed for 402 yards on 41 carries and blocked two punts. ... Consensus three-star prospect. ... Former Penn State commitment.

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Name JASPER SASSER (8:23 a.m.)

Athlete/defensive back, 6-2, 195; Jacksonville, Fla. (Wolfson)

3,187 all-purpose yards in a career that ended early after a broken foot bone in his senior season. ... Runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. ... ESPN considers him a four-star prospect. ... 47th best at the athlete position, according to 247Sports Composite (factors in all rankings).

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Name J.P. VONASHEK (7:30 a.m.)

Offensive lineman, 6-6, 283; Kingsland, Ga. (Camden County)

A four-star prospect and the nation’s 28th best offensive tackle in this class, according to ESPN. ... Picked USC over offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia and others.

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Name DEVIN WASHINGTON (7:22 a.m.)

Defensive end, 6-3, 225; Orlando, Fla. (Jones)

Participated in Nike's The Opening camp in Oregon. ... Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and the 14th-best weakside defensive end by 247Sports. ... Had 30-plus scholarship offers, including Ole Miss, Clemson and Louisville.

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Already enrolled at USC

Name RONNIE MARTIN

Cornerback, 5-10, 180; Spartanburg (Spartanburg/Georgia Military College)

Enrolled at USC in January. ... Originally signed with USC in 2011 out of Spartanburg High but didn’t qualify academically. ... Injured most of 2012 season; in two games, he totaled five tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups. ... Expects to have three years of eligibility at South Carolina. ... Consensus three-star prospect. ... Picked USC over LSU, Nebraska.

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Name CONNOR MITCH

Quarterback, 6-3, 210; Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield)

Enrolled at USC in January. ... In 12 games as a senior, was 306-for-503 passing for 4,661 yards and 63 touchdowns. ... Third four-star QB to sign under Steve Spurrier. ... Ranked 14th pro-style QB by 247Sports. ... Chose the Gamecocks over Alabama, LSU, Auburn, UNC.

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Name D.J. PARK

Offensive lineman, 6-6, 335; Dillon (Dillon)

Enrolled at USC in January. ... 2012 Shrine Bowl selection. ... Played in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. ... Started at left tackle for the 2012 Class AA-I state champions. ... Consensus four-star prospect. ... Also had offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU and Tennessee.

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