Gamecocks climb in recruiting rankings

July 13, 2014 

A.J. Turner

A.J. Turner


On the field last season, USC finished with an all-time high national ranking of No. 4. Off the field this summer, the Gamecocks have reached an all-time high in the recruiting rankings.

After landing two more commitments last week, the Gamecocks were moved to No. 2 in the national rankings, trailing Alabama. Clemson is ranked No. 4. Should the Gamecocks not slip, they will have recruited their highest-rated class in history. Their 2007 group was ranked 4th by ESPN.

Their two commitments last week, defensive back Damon Arnette of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and running back AJ Turner of Centreville, Va., give the Gamecocks 22 commitments for the 2015 class, 11 on offense and 11 on defense.

Other news from last week ...

... Running back Ty’son Williams of Crestwood said he’s down to a final four of USC, Georgia, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He does not have a favorite. Williams has visited USC and plans to visit Georgia. He has not visited Notre Dame or North Carolina. “After that (visit to Georgia), I’m going to shut it down and go ahead and make my decision,” Williams said. Williams is one of several running backs the Gamecocks have been recruiting and was aware of Turner’s commitment. But he said that won’t affect his thinking about USC as long as it doesn’t affect their feelings about him. “If they still recruit me, I still may want to go there if that’s who I like,” Williams said. “It doesn’t matter who’s coming. I’m going to go down there and compete.”

... Running back Jordan Scarlett of Fort Lauderdale announced a commitment to Miami over USC.

... Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville has a top three, in no order, of USC, Clemson and Georgia. He has been to USC and Clemson and will visit Georgia later this summer. He will make his decision before the season.

... 2016 quarterback Avery McCall of Dillon will attend a camp at Florida State on Wednesday. McCall has offers from USC, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State and N.C. State.

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