Names to know from Gamecocks' Class of 2015 recruiting trail

GoGamecocks staff reportsMarch 11, 2014 

South Carolina has extended more than 120 verbal offers for the class of 2015, according to 247Sports.

Here is a look at prospects who have expressed some level of interest in the Gamecocks, with or without an official South Carolina offer.

Star ratings are from 247Sports’ Composite ranking, which factors in all networks.

Quarterbacks

Kelly Bryant
6-4, 205, Piedmont, 3 stars
... USC likes him as an athlete too

Lamar Jackson
6-2, 181, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3 stars
... USC among several major offers this year

Kevin Johnson
6-0, 171, Atlanta, 3 stars
... Father played at USC in 1990s

Brandon Wimbush
6-2, 205, Jersey City, NJ, 4 stars
... Top target keeps adding major offers

Running backs

Nyheim Hines
5-9, 181, Garner, NC, 4 stars
... Ran for 3,147 yards, 50 TDs as junior; could be WR in college

Bryce Love
5-9, 180, Wake Forest, NC, 4 stars
... Speedy athlete’s father, Chris Love, ran track at USC

AJ Turner
5-11, 180, Clifton, Va., 3 stars
... Athlete likes USC early on

Dexter Williams
6-0, 192, Orlando, Fla., 3 stars
... USC not in top group at moment

Ty’Son Williams
5-11, 200, Sumter, 4 stars
... A top instate prospect for 2015

Wide receivers

JJ Arcega-Whiteside
6-3, 200, Roebuck, 3 stars
... Top-rated instate WR; has USC interest, no offer

Michael Bowman
6-0, 195, Havelock, NC, 3 stars
... Former teammate of Pharoh Cooper favors USC

Jalen Christian
5-10, 165, Damascus, Md., 4 stars
... Has visited Columbia and likes USC

Dexter “DJ” Neal
6-2, 195, Stone Mountain, Ga., 3 stars
... Committed to USC in May from Stephenson High

Auden Tate
6-4, 195, Tampa, Fla., 3 stars
... Used to live in SC, was athlete at Dutch Fork

Jerad Washington
5-9, 165, Jacksonville, 3 stars
... Speedy WR committed to USC in July

Preston Williams
6-5, 205, Hampton, Ga., 4 stars
... A top target currently committed to Tennessee

Tight ends

Connor Redmond
6-4, 220, Lawrenceville, Ga., 3 stars
... Gamecocks the first to offer

Offensive linemen

Zack Bailey
6-5, 307, Summerville, 4 stars
... A top instate prospect for 2015

Shaq Crouch
6-6, 345, Johnsonville, 3 stars
... USC is his favorite, but no offer yet

Zach Giella
6-6, 285, Augusta, Ga., 3 stars
... Has Columbia connections, likes USC

Steven Gonzalez
6-4, 300, Union City, NJ, 4 stars
... Has USC in his latest top 4

Tommy Hatton
6-3, 280, Montvale, NJ, 3 stars
... Likes USC but awaiting offer

Shane Lemieux
6-6, 285, Yakima, Wash., 3 stars
... Has SC ties; USC in top 2 with Oregon

Emanuel McGirt
6-6, 270, Durham, NC, 3 stars
... Likes USC; recruitment on the rise

Paris Palmer
6-8, 305, Scranton, Pa., 4 stars
... Originally from NC, now in JUCO; visit to USC coming up

Mason Veal
6-6, 286, Charlotte, 4 stars
... Parents went to USC; father played football for Gamecocks

Defensive ends

Michael Barnett
6-4, 248, Dorchester, 4 stars
... A former Va. Tech commitment

Shameik Blackshear
6-5, 240, Bluffton, 5 stars
... Committed to USC before junior season

Clelin Ferrell
6-5, 225, Richmond, Va., 4 stars
... A top 10 player at his position

Jack Gearon
6-4, 240, Atlanta, 3 stars
... First offer is from USC

Arden Key
6-5, 200, Atlanta, 4 stars
... Former USC commit was teammate of Wesley Green

Marquavius Lewis
6-4, 271, Hutchinson, Kansas, 4 stars
... From Greenwood; now at JUCO

Defensive tackles

Albert Huggins
6-3, 279, Orangeburg, 4 stars
... No. 2 instate prospect behind Blackshear

DJ Jones
6-2, 305, Scooba, Miss., 4 stars
... Originally from Wren High; now JUCO teammate of Dante Sawyer

Adam McClean
6-2, 290, Gaithersburg, Md., 4 stars
... Several top programs in pursuit

Linebackers

Ricky DeBerry
6-2, 245, Richmond, va., 4 stars
... Has visited USC already

Davon Durant
6-2, 240, El Dorado, Kansas, 4 stars
... Originally from Greenwood; now at JUCO, favors USC

Justin Hilliard
6-2, 230, Cincinnati, 5 stars
... USC in his top 15

Jeffery Holland
6-2, 230, Jacksonville, 5 stars
... USC outside his latest top group

Sherrod Pittman
6-1, 215, Jacksonville, 4 stars
... Committed to USC in July

Johnathan Sutton
6-0, 215, Swansea
... Has camped at USC; recovering from ACL injury

Defensive backs

Damon Arnette
6-2, 185, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3 stars
... Teammate of Al Harris Jr.

Desmond Cain
5-10, 180, Delray Beach, Fla., 3 stars
... Says USC is his leader

Rashard Causey
6-0, 185, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3 stars
... USC in top two with Miami

Kaleb Chalmers
5-11, 171, Greenwood, 3 stars
... D.J. Swearinger, Kelcy Quarles from same school

Mark Fields
5-11, 183, Cornelius, NC, 4 stars
... Has USC among favorites

Minkah Fitzpatrick
6-0, 185, Jersey City, NJ, 5 stars
... Likes USC; top 5 nationally at his position

Mike Hughes
5-10, 170, New Bern, 3 stars
... Plays QB in high school

Garrett Taylor
6-1, 188, Richmond, Va.
... Has interest in USC, big offer list

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