Academics update: Several USC signees remain in limbo

jkendall@thestate.comJuly 9, 2014 

Wesley Green

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

Eight members of South Carolina’s 21-man signing class have yet to enroll in school, and the Gamecocks are resigned to the fact that not all the remaining players will qualify, recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State on Wednesday.

Defensive ends Dante Sawyer and Kalan Ritchie have previously announced they will not meet qualifying requirements and attend junior college with the hope of re-signing with South Carolina. The USC options for defensive end signee Jhaustin Thomas appear to be done after he failed to qualify from his junior college.

Cornerbacks Wesley Green, Chris Lammons and Darin Smalls, fullback Joe Blue and defensive tackle Dexter Wideman still are trying to meet qualifying standards in time to join the Gamecocks in August.

“We would like to hope that at least two out of three (cornerbacks) are going to make it,” Spurrier Jr. said. “That’s a pretty critical area for our 2014 football season getting those guys here.”

South Carolina expects to play, and perhaps start, at least one first-year player at cornerback this year. Cornerbacks Al Harris Jr. and D.J. Smith already have enrolled in summer classes.

Wideman, a four-star prospect who was originally committed to Florida State, “is still alive,” Spurrier Jr. said.

“We have a plan either way with him,” Spurrier Jr. said. “There are three or four that kind of fit into that group.”

Quarterback Michael Scarnecchia, wide receivers Shaq Davidson, Terry Googer and Tyshun Samuel, tight end Kevin Crosby, offensive linemen Donell Stanley and Malik Young, defensive end Blake McClain, defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams all have qualified and are attending summer session classes at South Carolina. Davidson had knee surgery this summer but will not miss any time during preseason practice due to the injury, Spurrier Jr. said.

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