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Gamecocks burning up recruiting trail in last two weeks

Gamecocks burning up recruiting trail in last two weeks
 
June 05, 2018

As we enter June, the biggest surprise in the recruiting world is the South Carolina Gamecocks. Will Muschamp and company currently have 14 commitments for the 2019 class and as things stand right now, the Gamecocks are ranked in the top-five nationally according to 247sports.com.

It has been a great two-week stretch for South Carolina, adding four defensive standouts to their 2019 class. Here is a look at the newest South Carolina commitments who have elevated the Gamecocks class.

 

Linebacker Jahmar Brown

The particulars: Brown (6-feet-1, 200-pounds) is a three-star prospect from Opa Locka (FL) St Thomas Aquinas. He committed to South Carolina on May 24.

The skinny: Brown is among the top-40 outside linebackers in the country for the 2019 class. He had offers from Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and many others before committing.

Defensive End Zacch Pickens

The particulars: Pickens (6-feet-4, 268-pounds) is a five-star prospect from Anderson, (SC) T L Hanna. He committed to South Carolina on May 25.

The skinny: Pickens is a dominant defensive lineman who is considered to be the No. 1 strong-side end in the country and a top-15 overall talent nationally. Pickens, who is also the No. 1 overall prospect in South Carolina for 2019, had offers from all over the country. He committed to South Carolina over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and many others.

Defensive End Joseph Anderson

The particulars: Anderson (6-feet-4, 264-pounds) is a four-star prospect from Murfreesboro, (TN) Siegel. He committed to South Carolina on June 1.

The skinny: Anderson is considered to be among the top-15 strong-side ends in the country and is also a top-225 overall talent nationally. A top-10 prospect in Tennessee, Anderson committed to South Carolina over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and many others.

Linebacker Derek Boykins

The particulars: Boykins (6-feet-1, 224 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Concord, (NC) Central Cabarrus. He committed to South Carolina on June 2.

The skinny: Boykins is among the top-30 outside linebackers in the country and a top-20 prospect from North Carolina. Boykins had offers from over 20 programs including Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Ole miss and Tennessee before committing to South Carolina.

Interesting to note about these four newest Gamecocks commitments is all four are from different states. Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are all represented, meaning South Carolina is attracting talent from all over the southeast.

South Carolina currently has commitments from five of the top-315 prospects in the nation for the class of 2019, which is more than Florida and Tennessee combined.

Yes, it’s early, but South Carolina is making a lot of noise on the recruiting trail. Will it last? We will have to wait and see.

Running Back Kevin Harris

This Kevin Harris, a 5-foot-11, 229-pound running back from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Ga., now committed to South Carolina.

Straight-line speed must have been a concern for other Power 5 schools, because his offer sheet features the service academies and a handful of Southern Conference schools. Apparently, South Carolina’s coaches thought the 4.56 40-yard dash time he put down on Tuesday was good enough.

At his size, that speed is more than serviceable. A 4.56 40 plays in the SEC, even if you’re a biscuit or two short of 229 pounds.

Take a quick look at the junior highlights for South Carolina’s Harris. The size is obvious. And he runs like a load, too. He has a similar size and skill set to the bigger backs — Rico Dowdle, Deshaun Fenwick and Ty’Son Williams — South Carolina has signed under coach Will Muschamp.

While Harris is a powerful runner who probably will be asked to get downhill at South Carolina, his highlights show a guy with light feet, tremendous balance and vision. Plus, when Air Force, Army and Navy come calling, it’s pretty clear that he checks off a lot of boxes that online star counters usually don’t consider.

Oh, by the way, he’s squatted 550 pounds and power-cleaned 350. One would have to assume his bench press max is pretty darn impressive, too. There’s a lot to like about this Kevin Harris, even if he’s not one of those highly rated guys — like that Kevin Harris or the other prospects ranked inside the state of Georgia’s top 10 in 2019.

Edited by FeatheredCock


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