With the 2016/17 recruiting season not even out of the gate, the South Carolina Gamecocks have received a few hard commitments from prospects, one of them from community college receiver Stephen Guidry. Guidry, out of Morganza, Louisana, spent a season at Hinds (Miss.) Community College before he started receiving serious college attention from larger programs. Guidry received offers from Miami (Fla.), Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia, Missouri and Mississippi State.
Examining the tape, we see Guidry is a larger receiver who uses his size to impose his will upon opposing cornerbacks. He shows a good ability to leap, skying over defenders to grab 50/50 balls while featuring exceptional speed in the open field. His size also make him tough to bring down. Guidry is good at making difficult catches and catching balls in traffic, an important skill that most receivers in the SEC need to possess. He also adds another outside receiver to the Gamecocks roster that could be a potential target for Jake Bentley or Brandon Mcllwain in the future.
Being a larger receiver, Guidry could work predominately on the outside, using his skills and size to grab jump balls and make plays near the sidelines. Given his time in JUCO, Guidry could arrive on campus a more polished product than some players coming in straight out of high school and has the potential to be an instant-impact player in the Gamecocks lineup when he arrives on campus. This could be a tremendous asset for the Gamecocks, especially if they decide to go with a young signal caller in the 2017 season.
Guidry was really the Gamecocks' first big JUCO signing of 2016. Landing a fairly coveted JUCO player is crucial early on the recruiting process, especially with some of the schools who offered Guidry during his recruiting process. Upon stepping onto campus in Columbia, Guidry should have an impact and is a Gamecock to watch in 2017.