Camden County offensive lineman JP Vonashek became the third offensive lineman in Steve Spurrier's 2013 recruiting class when he pulled the trigger on his commitment to the Gamecocks after returning home from an unofficial visit on Saturday. 247 Sports and Rivals both rate Vonashek as a three star prospect and like him as the 55th and 54th best offensive tackle prospect in the 2013 class, respectively.
Reports vary as to Vonashek's current size, as he's listed anywhere from 6'6'', 255 to 6'8", 280. Ultimately, the Gamecock staff likes him as a left tackle, but if everything goes according to plan with Brandon Shell, there won't be a vacancy at that position until 2016, or 2015 if things go really well with Brandon Shell. With the strong offensive line depth that Shawn Elliot has built, the Gamecocks can easily afford to redshirt a guy like Vonashek so that the he has that ever-valuable extra year of weight training before being thrown into the mix against SEC defensive lines.
Vonashek joins Dillon teammates Bryce King (C/G) and DJ Park (T/G) in South Carolina's 2013 offensive line class, and Elliot and company typically aim to bring in 5-6 in each class. The two highest-profile targets that USC has a good shot at are four star prospects OT Na'Ty Rodgers (Pomfret, Maryland) and OG Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, NC). Closing out the class by bringing those two guys into the fold would likely make this Steve Spurrier's strongest OL class since he arrived in Columbia.