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South Carolina Gamecocks Recruiting: Ronnie Martin Added to Commitment List

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DB Ronnie Martin, who attended Spartanburg High, signed with South Carolina as part of the 2011 class. However, he didn't qualify academically and has been attending JUCO Georgia Military. He and USC have elected to go forward with the commitment now that he's finishing up at GM, and he has a good chance to enroll in January with three to play two.

Martin has yet to be reevaluated after his JUCO year, but coming out of high school, he was considered a solid three-star corner, with a composite rating of .85 at 247 Sports. His offer list included LSU and Nebraska. He has decent, although not elite, size for a corner at 5'11 with a solid frame. His film shows a player who covers well, has a good instinct for making plays on the ball, and tackles aggressively and with solid form for a corner. All in all, a good player who has a realistic chance at being a borderline three-to-four star prospect when he's reevaluated. Considering our current depth at corner, Martin will have the opportunity to compete for a spot on the depth chart as soon as he arrives.

The one negative here is that Martin's commitment probably means we're out of the game for Brendan Langley, the composite 16th-best corner of this year's high-school class. Langley is a better prospect than Martin, but Martin is probably more likely to be able to help us immediately due to his experience, so I guess that's a wash. Of course, depending on how numbers work out at other positions, perhaps Carolina would consider taking Langley, too, should Langley really want to come.