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South Carolina Gamecocks 2017 Football Recruiting Big Board - Offense

Which offensive players are in Will Muschamp's sights as he puts together his first full recruiting class?

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the 2015-16 college football season is in the rear view mirror, and with National Signing Day just weeks away (although there are still some seniors they're after), it's time to start taking a closer look at the current high school juniors that are on the South Carolina Gamecocks' radar offensively. Be sure to keep this page bookmarked for the latest on the class of 2017: As further offers are extended and as commitments come in, we'll update this list.


TE Will Register Chapin (S.C.) 6'4" 240 **** 6/13/2015



Player 2017 Classification
Connor Mitch Redshirt Senior
Lorenzo Nunez Junior
Michael Scarnecchia Redshirt Junior
Brandon McIlwain Sophomore

The outlook: Four scholarship quarterbacks are set to be on the roster heading into 2017, so the Gamecocks might project to bring another one in and possibly redshirt him. Part of this, too, weighs on how well McIlwain and Nunez turn out - there's a possibility (and it's too far out to tell) that Mitch could transfer elsewhere after 2016 if he feels his window of opportunity has closed in Columbia. Again, way too early, and we'll see, but I'd expect them to add one before next year.

Current Offers

High School Height Weight Stars Offers
Jake Bentley Opelika (Ala.) 6'3" 211 **** App State, Auburn, Cincy, UGA, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), S. Carolina, So. Miss, Stanford, Temple, Vandy, Wake, WMU
Cade Weldon Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson 6'2" 190 *** Kentucky, S. Carolina, USF, Toledo, Wake
Bailey Hockman Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern 6'2" 190 **** Alabama, AZ St., FSU, UGA, Iowa St., Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Mich., Mich. St., UNC, Ok. St.,  S. Carolina, Tenn., Va. Tech


Running Backs

Player 2017 Classification
David Williams Redshirt Senior
Mon Denson Redshirt Sophomore
A.J. Turner Redshirt Sophomore
Rico Dowdle Sophomore
C.J. Freeman Sophomore

The outlook: With five scholarship backs projected to be on the roster in 2017, this looks to be a very deep group. It's likely that they'll bring one on board, but they'll likely wait to get a good read on their situation after the fall before making a strong push.

Current Offers

High School Height Weight Stars Offers
Anthony McFarland Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha 5'8" 183 **** 21 schools including Alabama, Clemson, FSU, UGA, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Tennessee
D'Andre Swift Philadelphia (Pa.) St. Joseph's 5'10" 208 **** 23 schools including Alabama, Clemson, FSU, UGA, LSU, Mich., Mich. St., S. Carolina, Tennessee
Colin Wilson Clay (Fla.) 6'0" 205 **** Auburn, Cincy, Clemson, Florida, Ga. Tech., Mizzou, UNC, OSU, Pitt, S. Carolina, USF, Stanford, Temple, Tennessee, Tulane, Virginia
Trey Sermon Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry 6'1" 203 **** 24 schools including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, UGA, Mich., Mich. St., Ole Miss, OSU, Oklahoma., S. Carolina, Tennessee


Tight Ends

Player 2017 Classification
Ulric Jones Redshirt Senior (JUCO transfer; three years to play two seasons)
Kevin Crosby Redshirt Junior
Jacob August Redshirt Junior
Kyle Markway Junior
Will Register Freshman

The outlook: With Register committed for the class of 2017, the Gamecocks might opt to add one more with Jones' eligibility exhausted after 2016 (barring season-ending injury).

Current Offers

High School Height Weight Stars Offers
Alex Marshall Andover (N.H.) Proctor Academy 6'7" 226 *** Bucknell, Buffalo, UConn, Delaware, FIU, UMass, Miami (Ohio), N.C. State, Ohio, Pitt, Rutgers, S. Carolina, Wake


Offensive Line

Player 2017 Classfication
D.J. Park Redshirt Senior
Alan Knott Redshirt Senior
Cory Helms Redshirt Senior
Malik Young Redshirt Junior
Donell Stanley Redshirt Junior
Zack Bailey Junior
Blake Camper Junior
Christian Pellage Junior
Trey Derouen Redshirt Sophomore
Akeem Cooperwood Sophomore
Lloyd Cushenberry Sophomore
Pete Leota Sophomore
Sadarius Hutcherson Sophomore
Will Putnam Sophomore

The outlook: This is a very, very deep group in 2017. Even with three redshirt seniors, the OL won't be a gigantic priority, but the staff might be interested in making a push for a couple of names.

Current Offers

High School Height Weight Stars Offers
Jedrick Wills Lexington (Ken.) Lafayette 6'4" 316 ***** Alabama, Army, Florida, FSU, UGA, Kentucky, Lousiville, Mich. St., Notre Dame, OSU, S. Carolina, Tennessee, WKU
Eric Douglas Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek 6'4" 275 *** Clemson, Florida, Mississippi St., N.C. State, S. Carolina
Robert Hainsey Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 6'5" 272 **** Boston College, Duke, Florida, Md., Miami (Fla.), Mich., Mich. St., Neb., UNC, OSU, Penn St., Pitt, S. Carolina, Temple, Tennessee, Va., Va. Tech., WVU
Tony Gray Central Gwinnett (Ga.) 6'4" 272 **** Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida St., UGA, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Mich. St., Ole Miss, Mississippi St., UNC, OSU, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Va. Tech
Andrew Thomas Atlanta (Ga.) Pace 6'5" 285 **** Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, BC, Clemson, Duke, Florida, FAU, UGA, Ga. St., Kentucky, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Mich., UNC, S. Carolina, UCF, Vandy, Va., Va. Tech., Wake
Jean Marcellus Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson 6'4" 292 *** Cincy, FIU, UGA, Indiana, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), S. Carolina, USF, Toledo, Va. Tech, Wake
Blake Vinson North Marion (Fla.) 6'5" 285 *** 21 offers including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, UGA, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, S. Carolina, Tennessee, WVU
Cesar Ruiz Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 6'3" 290 **** Alabama, Arizona St., Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, Md., Miami (Fla.), Mich., UNC, Penn St., Pitt, Rutgers, S. Carolina, Syracuse,Temple, Tennessee, Va. Tech
Adrian Ealy Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School 6'7" 282 **** Florida, FSU, LSU, Mississippi St., S. Carolina, Tennessee, Texas
TJ Moore Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek 6'6" 270 *** UNC, N.C. State, S. Carolina
Isaiah Wilson Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep 6'6" 330 ***** 43 offers including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, UGA, LSU, Mich., Mich. St., Ole Miss, S. Carolina, WVU

Wide Receiver

Player 2017 Classification
Deebo Samuel Redshirt Junior
Shaq Davidson Redshirt Junior
Terry Googer Redshirt Junior
D.J. Neal Junior
Kyle Markway Junior
Hayden Hurst Junior
Jalen Christian Redshirt Sophomore
Christian Owens Redshirt Sophomore
Jerad Washington Redshirt Sophomore
Bryan Edwards Sophomore
Diondre Champaigne Sophomore
Chavis Dawkins Sophomore
Chris Smith Sophomore

The outlook: This is an extremely deep group going into 2017 - three in particular that I project to do very well here: Edwards, Googer and Samuel. Definitely not a position of major need as it stands right now, which frees them up to stock up on some defensive players (and redshirt a couple WRs headed into 2016; I think Champaigne might be a strong candidate), but again, they'll make a full evaluation after the fall.

Current Offers

High School Height Weight Stars Offers
Trey Blount Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy 6'2" 195 **** Alabama, Auburn, UGA, Miami (Fla.), Mich. St., N.C. State, S. Carolina, Vandy
Trevon Grimes Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 6'4" 195 ***** Auburn, Cincy, Clemson, Florida, FSU, UGA, LSU, Mich., N.C. State, Notre Dame, OSU, Rutgers, S. Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia, WVU
Shi Smith Union (S.C.) 6'0" 170 **** App State, Clemson, UNC, N.C. State, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Towson
OrTre Smith Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) Wando 6'3" 204 **** Charlotte, Clemson, ECU, FSU, Ga. Tech, Louisville, S. Carolina, Tennessee, Vandy, Wake
Mike Harley Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 5'10" 150 *** Bowling Green, Cincy, FAU, Miami (Fla.), N.C. State, Ohio, Purdue, S. Carolina, Syracuse, Temple
Louis Dorsey Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast 6'6" 205 no stars FSU, UNC, S. Carolina, UCF, WVU
Cam Bent (ATH) Bluffton (S.C.) 6'0" 170 no stars S. Carolina