Recruiting rolls right along: Names to know for 2014

Coaches target next crop of signees

dmclemore@thestate.comFebruary 8, 2013 

Gaffney's Shaq Davidson

TIM DOMINICK — tdominick@thestate.com

The South Carolina football coaching staff’s efforts to land the class of 2014 are well under way.

According to 247Sports, the Gamecocks have extended 100 scholarship offers for next year’s class, including 12 in South Carolina, 27 in Florida and 26 in Georgia.

Dillon linebacker Joe Blue is the Gamecocks’ first commitment for the group. Here are 24 more names to know for 2014.

1. DA’SHAWN HAND

DE, 6-5, 247, Woodbridge, Va.

The Gamecocks are in the latest top five for Hand, who may be the nation’s top recruit in 2014.

2. SHAQ DAVIDSON

WR, 6-0, 170, Gaffney

USC is the favorite for this talented Upstate receiver, who is ranked No. 1 in South Carolina by 247Sports.

3. DERRELL SCOTT

RB, 5-11, 180, Havelock, N.C.

247Sports ranks him the No. 1 all-purpose back for 2014. Scott has had the Gamecocks No. 1 for awhile.

4. DONNELL STANLEY

OL, 6-4, 327, Latta

Big instate lineman has USC in his top group with Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and Ohio State.

5. DEXTER WIDEMAN

DT, 6-3, 276, Saluda

USC and Clemson are strong with Wideman, who grew up a Gamecocks fan.

6. BRYSON ALLEN-WILLIAMS

LB, 6-2, 218, Ellenwood, Ga.

The Gamecocks are a strong favorite for one of Georgia’s top prospects. He has set Aug. 9 for his announcement date.

7. KEVIN CROSBY

TE/LB, 6-2, 236, Bamberg

Previously a USC lean, he has a top group of South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina.

8. DARIN SMALLS

CB, 5-11, 182, Summerville

Smalls has been favoring the Gamecocks since getting their offer, and that remains unchanged.

9. TERRY GOOGER

WR, 6-4, 211, Atlanta

Big receiver prospect has the Gamecocks in his top group with Notre Dame and Louisville.

10. DREW BARKER

QB, 6-4, 210, Hebron, Ky.

Four-star prospect is the only quarterback USC has offered for this class. He recently named USC his favorite over Tennessee.

11. BLAKE BONE

WR, 6-5, 195, Woodruff

Gamecocks are showing serious interest in the big instate receiver.

12. POONA FORD

DT, 6-1, 288, Hilton Head

South Carolina is his biggest offer, and the Gamecocks are his current favorite.

13. BENTLEY SPAIN

OL, 6-6, 285, Charlotte

One of the top North Carolina prospects for 2014, the Gamecocks are among his latest top group that includes LSU, Michigan and North Carolina.

14. CHRISTIAN MILLER

LB, 6-4, 200, Columbia

The local product and son of Gamecock great Corey Miller recently named Florida his leader.

15. NAQUEZ PRINGLE

DT, 6-2, 270, Hemingway

There’s an instate battle for the Carvers Bay tackle.

16. BRAXTON BERRIOS

WR, 5-10, 173, Raleigh

USC and Clemson are strongly in the mix, among other schools.

17. JAYLAN BARBOUR

WR, 5-9, 170, Monroe, N.C.

The Charlotte-area receiver has the Gamecocks and Tar Heels as his favorites.

18. CALEB KINLAW

RB, 5-10, 180, Goose Creek

The likely top instate tailback for 2014, Kinlaw recently named Tennessee his favorite.

19. KALAN RITCHIE

TE, 6-5, 215, Goose Creek

At times he has said USC leads but currently claims no favorite. Looks like an instate battle.

20. DESHAUN DAVIS

LB, 6-0, 235, Prichard, Ala.

Gamecocks were the first major offer for the Alabama prospect.

21. ORLANDO BROWN JR.

OT, 6-7, 340, Duluth, Ga.

Son of former NFL lineman, the late Orlando Brown, has more than 30 offers and visited USC on junior day.

22. ANTHONY MOTEN

DE, 6-4, 279, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Being recruited hard by South Carolina and Miami, among others.

23. PEYTON NEWELL

DE, 6-3, 280, Hiawatha, Kansas

With more than 20 offers, Newell made the trip east for USC’s most recent junior day. He even Tweeted this on Thursday: “Really liking South Carolina in the recruiting game right now.”

24. ANDREW WILLIAMS

DE, 6-4, 231, Mcdonough, Ga.

A top prospect in Georgia, Williams joined his friend Bryson Allen-Williams during USC's recent junior day.

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