The Gamecocks picked up a commitment from another offensive lineman, guard Tramell Williams out of Robert E. Lee (FL). Williams has offers from Vandy, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, and Southern Miss. Like most linemen, Williams will need to beef up a bit before he's ready to contribute, but the other elements of a good SEC lineman are there.
Williams played under head coach Myrick Anderson, a former Gator under Steve Spurrier in the early 90s; apparently Anderson's respect for Spurrier played a role in Williams's decision to come play for us. I like that; it shows that Williams knows what he's getting into here and what he'll have to do to succeed. Anderson also points out that Williams is something of a late bloomer, which could mean he still has some undiscovered upside, although Anderson appears to believe he's already fairly ready:
"Maybe his pass protection, that might be the only thing he needs to work on," Anderson says. "And we’re focusing on that this summer. But he doesn’t lack too much. I mean he can run block; he’s very aggressive. But that pass protection, I think he can work on that just a little bit. He really doesn’t have a whole lot to work on. He’s going to go in and they can teach him some other [technical] things."
Sounds like a good kid. Welcome aboard.
A few other tidbits:
Update on C. C. Whitlock. Although he was cleared of charges last week, Whitlock has yet to be reinstated on the team.Eric Hyman is apparently a little worried about Whitlock's academic status and wants to wait that out before reinstating the troubled player.