247Sports released their final 247 today, which is the recruiting services final rankings of the top 247 prep players for the 2017 class.
There's many sites you can reference for recruiting, but at SB Nation we've always gone by the 247 composite rantings because of their accuracy. For more information, read up here.
More importantly for the sake of this blog was the movement of some certain recruits for South Carolina. As of right now USC has four commits in the final 247 with another target making moves as well. This may or not seem significant, but those recruits made some alarmingly big moves in the final ratings.
Let's get a chance to get familiar with these 'croots, plus one last target left in the top 247.
Jamyest Williams - CB
Williams made a lot of waves back in August when he announced his commitment to South Carolina on national TV and has since been the proverbial cream of Will Muschamp's 2017 crop. However when the ratings came out today Williams dropped from 54 to 64 -- a pretty significant drop.
If you read the explanation earlier you'd know the drop would have been affected by drops in all the other rankings from around the country. As to why there would be a dip, who knows. Williams wasn't a hugely visible presence in Grayson's 23-20 OT win over Roswell for the 7A Georgia State Title, but I personally don't see why that'd drop him ten spots.
Either way, Williams is still a top-100 recruit and will add depth to a Gamecock secondary that's returning three starters from last seasons defense which ranked 46th in passing S&P defense.
Hamsah Nasirildeen - OLB
The No. 1 recruit in North Carolina from the Charlotte area (Concord, NC), Nasirildeen rolls in as South Carolina's second highest ranked 'croot behind Williams. Listed as a linebacker by 247, the majority of his tape has him playing defensive back -- often as a safety or even a nickel corner.
However as six-foot-three, 210 pounds Nasirildeen could easily fill out that frame to be an outside linebacker or even an in-the-box safety like Devonte Holloman used to be.
Contrary to Williams, Nasirildeen moved up from 132 to 118 in the final ratings. Nasirildeen may have a better shot at making an immediate impact on the defense seeing how thin the line backing core will be this season. If you assume Bryson Allen-Williams and Skai Moore will handle the Will and Mike duties, then the Sam spot could go between him and former four-star linebacker from the Charlotte area, Larenz Bryant.
Ortre Smith - WR
Smith and the upcoming Shi Smith are two huge recruits for South Carolina, in that as ranked by 247 sports they are the top two prospects in the state of South Carolina. When you throw in tight end Will Register, the Gamecocks will have three of the top five prospects in the state come NSD.
Back in the oh-so great glory days from 2009 to 2013 South Carolina built its success on the backs of home grown players. Go down the list: Alshon Jeffery, Bruce Ellington, Stephon Gilmore, Jadeveon Clowney and Marcus Lattimore were all Palmetto State products. The two Smiths could represent an integral step in the Gamecocks being competitive again on the SC recruiting trail.
Smith, who fell five spots from 128 to 133, is one of the early enrollees we'll be running a series on, so look out for his profile among others that'll be coming out on GABA heading to NSD.
Shi Smith - ATH
The other Smith mentioned here, Shi is a versatile athlete who rose in the final 247 rankings from 245 all the way to 227. Before anything else is said, watch this ridiculous catch he made against Ridge View back in September.
Shi and Ortre (those names could double as hero's in a Final Fantasy game, just saying) are going to be an athletic pair of Smiths to come aboard this season, although it's unclear where Shi will fall in the depth chart. He's got the measurables of a corner back but as seen here can catch the ball pretty damn well too.
Both wideout and corner are in similar situations depth wise, even though corner has more upperclassmen in their ranks. South Carolina beat out the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma to claim the rights to Smith's services -- an encouraging sign for this coaching staff in their first full season of recruiting.
MJ Webb - SDE
Our other co-manager Sydney Hunte wrote up a fine profile on Webb, who'll be an early enrollee for the spring. Read all about him at the link, just know he fell from 238 to 242 in the final rankings.
Target: Tony Gray - OT
South Carolina has one target left in the top 247, and by target that means the prospect has narrowed down his choices to a final set to where he could attend school. The last remaining target for South Carolina is Gray, a four-star offensive tackle from Lawrenceville, Ga.
Gray made his Columbia visit Saturday and has his final schools listed as Ole Miss, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Auburn. Gray would help bolster the offensive line depth -- an area so critical in the development of Jake Bentley and allowing those young weapons USC has to flourish.
While 247 has him leaning towards Florida, South Carolina still isn't out of the question for a place Gray to land come NSD.