We’re close to the opener against NC State and to wrap up the Final Cockdown we’re looking down a list of potential impact defensive backs for South Carolina this season:
Chris Lammons + Jamarcus King | MJ Webb | DJ Smith | Steven Montac | Rashad Fenton | Jamyest Williams | Tavyn Jackson | Keisean Nixon | Antoine Wilder + Chris Smith | Zay Brown + Javon Charleston | Jaylin Dickerson | Griffin Gentry | Hassan Belton
#12 Kaleb Chalmers
Sophomore / 5’10’’ / 181 / Greenwood, S.C. / Greenwood
Hailing from the same high school that produced Gamecock fan favorite D.J. Swearinger, Chalmers comes to South Carolina from Northwest Mississippi Community College — and by way of Clemson. The former Tiger redshirted for a year before getting dismissed after his arrest on drug possession charges, never seeing the field for Clemson. He becomes the first to play for both programs since Paul Williams, who lettered for Clemson in 1978 and South Carolina in 1980.
Chalmers will look to turn the page as a Gamecock, joining a secondary in need of some experienced depth. He had 30 tackles with 13 pass breakups and one interception with Northwest Mississippi.
2016 stats: N/A
Recruitment: Three-star prospect who was rated the ninth-best prospect in the state of South Carolina; held offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Marshall, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Washington State and South Carolina before committing to Clemson. After his JUCO stint, Chalmers chose the Gamecocks over Ole Miss.
Next up: Tavyn Jackson