The South Carolina Gamecocks have only had three-five star recruits—Jadeveon Clowney, Chris Culliver and Marcus Lattimore—during the Spurrier era.
If they land OL Isaiah Wilson, an offensive lineman from Brooklyn's Poly Prep, then it will be three. Everything about the rising junior is big: his size (6'6', 330), the number of offers (19 and counting), and his projected impact, ranked as the nation's top OL and a top-15 player overall nationally in his class. He recently released his top 10 and the Gamecocks are in it with Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Maryland, Nebraska, Miami (Oh.), Michigan and Rutgers, with no favorite thus far. (ICYMI, this is a very, very large young man. You can teach a football player a lot of things, but 6'6", 330 isn't one of them.)
A little bit closer to home, we're set to hear Lithonia (Ga.) DE Jordan Smith's announcement tomorrow at 2pm at his high school. Smith, the #34 weakside DE in the 2016 class over at Rivals, is expected to choose the Gamecocks over schools like Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and a host of other.
Some other tidbits to pass along:
--2017 safety Xavier McKinney can add South Carolina to his growing offer sheet. The Roswell (Ga.) product has a good list, too, although it's short: Alabama and Clemson as of now. But keep in mind that he's a junior. That list is set to grow fairly fast before too long.
--A couple of offers to in-state high school sophomores came down the pike during a busy weekend: one of them was 2018 Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe ATH Derion Kendrick. Kendrick, who has been offered by Clemson, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, attended camp on Saturday. We'll see if that pipeline to the Charlotte suburb continues to pay dividends.
--Another in-state rising sophomore joined Kendrick on the Gamecocks' list of offered 2018's. Xavier Thomas, a DE from Wilson High in Florence, has also been offered by Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska and Tennessee, with that list sure to grow before he's a senior.
--By the way, USC has offered a total of twenty-two players from the class of 2018: a quarterback, four running backs, a wide receiver, two offensive tackles, three defensive ends, a defensive tackle, two outside linebackers, four cornerbacks and four athletes. While the saying "The early bird gets the worm" doesn't always work in recruiting, it doesn't hurt to get a head start.