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South Carolina Football Recruiting: Class of 2016 defense big board, updates, profiles and more

Who on defense has committed to the Gamecocks, and who are they after?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

On this page, we'll be tracking class of 2016 defensive targets, offers and commitments for the South Carolina Gamecocks as the rising seniors continue to mull their offers and prepare for their final year of high school. It will be updated frequently, so bookmark this page and check back often for the latest.

Star ratings are from Rivals.com. *--offer; **--commitment

Click to jump to a section: LB | DB | DE | DT

Linebackers (COMMITMENTS: 2)

Christion Abercrombie College Park (Ga.) Westlake 6'0" 212 2 stars
Jeffrey Allison Fairbun (Ga.) Langston Hughes 6'0" 235 2 stars
Daniel Bituli* Nashville (Tenn.) Christian 6'2" 218 4 stars
Ja'Quain Blakely Colquitt County (Ga.) 6'2" 210 3 stars
P.J. Blue* Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing 6'4" 201 4 stars
Cameron Brown Potomac (Md.) Bullis School 6'6" 210 4 stars
T.J. Brunson* Columbia (S.C.) Richland Northeast 6'0" 220 3 stars
Devin Bush* Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan 5'11" 224 4 stars
Kash Daniel* Paintsville (Ky.) 6'3" 230 3 stars
Michael Divinity* Marrero (La.) John Ehret 6'2" 213 4 stars
Donta Evans Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer 6'2" 221 3 stars
Nathaniel Evans New Orleans (La.) John Curtis 6'1" 235 3 stars
C.J. Greenlee Seneca (S.C.) 6'0" 230 2 stars
Aaron Hansford* Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High 6'2" 210 4 stars
Bryce Huff Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's 6'2" 240 2 stars
Jonathan Jones* Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge 6'0" 207 3 stars
Keion Joyner* Havelock (N.C.) 6'4" 220 5 stars
Tre Lamar* Roswell (Ga.) 6'3" 240 4 stars
Tobias Little* Atlanta (Ga.) Mays 6'0" 236 3 stars
Jeremiah Littles Wayne County (Ga.) 6'2" 225 no stars
Elysee Mbem-Bosse* Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove 6'2" 228 4 stars
Jeremiah Moon* Hoover (Ala.) 6'4" 210 3 stars
Jacorey Morris** Clarke County (Ala.) 6'3" 220 3 stars
Aaron Ramseur Shelby (N.C.) Crest 6'0" 215 no stars
Tyric Reid Eustis (Fla.) 5'11" 243 2 stars
Kenneth Ruff* Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard 6'1" 236 3 stars
Jonathan Smith Scotland County (N.C.) 6'1" 220 3 stars
Brandon Tillmon Lexington (S.C.) River Bluff 6'1" 205 2 stars
Will Ward Allendale Fairfax (S.C.) 6'0" 188 no stars
Sidney Willis Central Gwinnett (Ga.) 6'1" 215 no stars
Lyndell Wilson* Montgomery (Ala.) Carver 6'1" 235 5 stars

Where We Stand

8/20/2014: Commitment from Jacorey Morris

Morris wasn't the first commitment for the 2016 class (even though he pledged early): that honor goes to Kyle Davis, but Davis has reopened his recruitment.

7/4/2015: Kash Daniel commits to Kentucky over USC and Louisville.

7/25/2015: Commitment from P.J. Blue.

Defensive Backs (COMMITMENTS: 3)

Brandon Alexander Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones 5'11" 165 no stars
Mason Alstatt Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette 5'11" 190 2 stars
Roy Baker Hialeah (Fla.) American 6'2" 170 2 stars
Marcelino Ball Roswell (Ga.) 5'11" 185 2 stars
Cycoby Burch Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge 6'1" 185 3 stars
K.J. Chamberlain Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald 6'1" 190 2 stars
Marlon Character* Atlanta (Ga.) Grady 6'0" 173 4 stars
Adrian Clark Camden (N.J.) Wilson 6'1" 200 no stars
Devron Davis Merced CC (JUCO) 6'0" 210 3 stars
Ben DeLuca Orlando, FloridaBishop Moore 6'0" 185 no stars
Deon Edwards Lake Minneola (Fla.) 6'0" 195 3 stars
JJ Givens** Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee 6'1" 165 3 stars
Javon Jackson* Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek 5'11" 180 3 stars
Tre Jackson* Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School 5'10" 178 3 stars
Brandon Jones* Nacogdoches (Tex.) 5'10" 185 4 stars
Thomas Jones* Laurens (S.C.) 6'3" 190 3 stars
Jermarius Jordan Bessemer (Ala.) City High School 5'8" 176 3 stars
Nigel Knott* Madison (Miss.) Germantown 6'0" 170 4 stars
Khalil Ladler* Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 5'11" 168 4 stars
Nick McCloud Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe 6'2" 166 3 stars
Henry Miller Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway 6'3" 195 3 stars
Trayvon Mullen* Coconut Creek (Fla.) 6'2" 156 4 stars
Daniel Pruett Inman, South CarolinaChapman 5'10" 170 no stars
David Rucker Vermillion (Minn.) CC (JUCO) 6'1" 205 no stars
Dylan Singleton* Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer 5'11" 175 3 stars
Chris Smith* Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe 5'10" 168 2 stars
Isaiah Stallings* Fayetteville (N.C.) Terry Sanford 6'4" 200 3 stars
Nigel Warrior* Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge 5'11" 189 4 stars
Martial Washington Liberty County (Ga.) 6'1" 207 no stars
JoeJuan Williams* Nashville (Tenn.) Father Ryan 6'3" 195 4 stars
Derrek Williams II Winston Salem (N.C.) North Forsyth 5'10" 180 no stars
Johnny Willis Brandon (Miss.) 5'10" 170 no stars
Lamar Woods D. W. Daniel (S.C.) 6'1" 185 no stars

Where We Stand

7/25/2015: Commitment from Marlon Character

7/24/2015: Commitment from Chris Smith

6/13/2015: Commitment from JJ Givens

--Tre Jackson, the son of former Florida WR and Spurrier protege Jack Jackson, is trending strongly toward South Carolina. He's likely to be recruited as an WR despite playing DB as well in high school. One of the bigger names, though, being linked to USC is four-star Marlon Character.

Defensive End (COMMITMENTS: 1)

Micheal Boykin Carrollton (Ga.) 6'6" 248 N/A
Zo Bridges Opelika (Ala.) 6'1" 210 3 stars
Brian Burns* Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 6'5" 217 3 stars
Antonneous Clayton* Dooly County (Ga.) 6'4" 218 4 stars
Jamil Dukes Mooresville (N.C.) 6'5" 304 no stars
Griffin Gentry Homewood (Ala.) 6'1" 250 2 stars
Jordan Giberti* Gainesville (Fla.) 6'3" 225 3 stars
Zack Gilbert Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenburg 6'0" 241 3 stars
Emmit Gooden Brownsville (Tenn.) Haywood 6'3" 261 4 stars
Seth Ham Columbia (S.C.) Cardinal Newman 6'2" 190 2 stars
Norman Hand Jr. Colleton County (S.C.) 6'3" 230 2 stars
Javon Kinlaw* Goose Creek (S.C.) 6'5" 275 3 stars
Shavar Manuel Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 6'3" 262 5 stars
Mykelle McDaniel* Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 6'4" 255 3 stars
Connor Murphy Phoenix (Az.) Brophy Prep 6'7" 255 3 stars
Jachai Polite* Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 6'4" 230 3 stars
Kalan Ritchie* Georgia Military College (JUCO) 6'6" 233 3 stars
Cecil Stallings* Atlanta (Ga.) Chamblee 6'4" 250 3 stars
Jimmie Taylor Southwest-Onslow (N.C.) 6'3" 220 3 stars
Terry Thomas McDonough (Ga.) Luella 6'2" 245 no stars
Chris Willis Shelby (N.C.) Crest 6'2" 230 no stars
Jordan Woods* North Marion (Fla.) 6'3" 235 4 stars

Where We Stand


7/17/2015: Commitment
from Cecil Stallings

7/6/2015: Jordan Woods lists USC in his top six: "I love Coach Steve Spurrier...I can make an immediate impact (at South Carolina)."

Big list for sure. The Gamecocks have some good depth at end right now, but are looking forward to the future and the next DE to take the mantle. In-state Javon Kinlaw appears to be a good USC lean at this time but hasn't made anything official. Kalan Ritchie still looks to be honoring his original commitment he made prior to deciding to turn JUCO a couple of years ago. Another possible USC lean: Cecil Stallings.

Defensive Tackle

Derrick Brown* Lanier (Ga.) 6'4" 320 5 stars
Michail Carter* Jackson (Ga.) 6'3" 288 4 stars
Rashan Gary* Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 6'5" 290 5 stars
Antwuan Jackson* Cedar Grove (Ga.) 6'2" 304 4 stars
Jamahl Johnson Savage (Minn.) Prior Lake 6'1" 319 no stars
Dexter Lawrence* Wake Forest (N.C.) 6'4" 340 5 stars
Nick McCann Texarkana (Ark.) 6'3" 290 3 stars
Kevin McCrary Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 6'1" 250 3 stars
Nyles Pinckney* Seabrook (S.C.) Whale Branch 6'3" 290 4 stars
Aaron Thompson* Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard 6'2" 260 3 stars
Darius Whitfield* Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's 6'1" 268 4 stars

Where We Stand

Not a lot of names on this particular list, even with a pair of seniors starting on each side. Obviously, they stand a greater of chance of getting a few of these players than others. One name to watch: Antwuan Jackson, who has the Gamecocks in his top 10 but not currently in the lead.
UPDATE (7/9/15): Jackson has named Ohio State, Auburn and Georgia in his top three. Count Derrick Brown out too, as his top four includes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.