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South Carolina Gamecocks football 2014 roster preview: No. 25, Kadetrix Marcus

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Senior safety provides proven experience.

Kadetrix Marcus
senior safety
6'1'' / 194 lbs
Stone Mountain, GA

Recruitment:
consensus three-star recruit, nation's 32nd-best safety

Other major offers:
Auburn, Clemson, Maryland, Mississippi, N.C. State, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, West Virginia

College career:
Kadetrix Marcus, who goes by "JJ," joined the Gamecocks in 2011, when he immediately saw playing time on special teams. He reprised this role in 2012, when he notched five tackles on the season.

Marcus saw significant action at safety in 2013 as a junior, starting seven games and notching 25 tackles on the year. Although Gamecocks fans will remember him going MIA in our two losses with a shoulder injury against Georgia and a targeting ejection against Tennessee, Marcus looked good at times, such as when he notched five tackles in the bowl game against Wisconsin.

2014 outlook:
JJ Marcus enters the season listed as second on the depth chart behind Brison Williams at strong safety. While Marcus is unlikely to supplant Williams, the Gamecocks' most established player in the secondary, Marcus is also capable of playing free safety, where he shared time with Chaz Elder a season ago. Elder came on strong late last season and looks to be the long-term heir apparent to former Gamecocks standout free safety D.J. Swearinger, but look for Marcus to get his opportunities for playing time this fall, too.

Trivia:
Marcus is one of several players from Atlanta-area Stephenson High to sign with Carolina in recent years. Mike Davis and Ali Groves are current roster-members who also went there.