Five Gamecocks commits in new ESPN300

GoGamecocks staff reportsJune 18, 2014 

Arden Key

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

South Carolina has five commitments in the newly updated ESPN300 that was released on Wednesday.

Defensive end pledge Arden Key of Lithonia, Ga., leads the way at No. 46. The 6-foot-6, 228-pound Key committed - for a second time - to the Gamecocks on June 3.

Also in the ESPN300 (all considered four-star prospects):

-- No. 173: Mark Fields, cornerback, Cornelius, NC

-- No. 178: Sherrod Pittman, linebacker, Jacksonville, Fla.

-- No. 194: Shameik Blackshear, defensive end, Bluffton

-- No. 241: Jalen Christian, wide receiver, Damascus, Md.

ESPN also considers USC receiver commitments Michael Bowman and D.J. Neal four-star prospects. New offensive line pledge Austin Clark also has four stars from the network.

There were seven USC signees in the final ESPN300 list for the Class of 2014.

The Gamecocks are No. 8 in the latest ESPN team rankings.

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