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With a rash of de-commitments (two in the last seven days), recruiting has been put under the microscope as of late.
Doomsday preppers are bracing themselves for a windfall of more de-commits. Message boards are questioning the staff’s strategy in handling long-time commits.
With pledges from top playmakers like Jamyest Williams, OrTre Smith and others, plus being in the running for even more top prospects, even with likely attrition, this next Carolina class has all the makings of a top-25 group.
I’d love to see every one of these players on campus in 2017, but you’d be naive to think the Gamecocks make it to Signing Day unscathed.
“Right now, [the Gamecocks] need ballers, because they’re setting a foundation now. Once they get that foundation set, all they’ve got to do is get good players and they’ll be top in the country, best in the country.” – Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield (Shelby, N.C.)
Sign some offensive linemen and hang on to a large portion of the highly-rated prospects and I think the class would be well-received by fans. Top 10? Probably not. But Top 25? One would assume.
Before that final class ranking, the Gamecocks first have to make it through the second half of the season.
Go 2-4 to finish out the year (with assumed wins over UMass and Western Carolina) and Muschamp can point to a one-win improvement from 2015 as a sign of growth. Close losses are sure to count for something too. A 4-8 overall record is, for lack of a better term, good enough to show recruits that the arrow is pointing up, even ever so slightly.
A 3-9 or even *gulp* 2-10 final record will make it extremely tough to hang on to this class’ current ranking (No. 15 according to 247Sports).
Do me a favor, Gamecocks — just finish 6-6 or better. A bowl game is a lot more fun to write about than a bunch of de-commitments.
In Case You Missed It
- The Big Spur takes a closer look at Rico Dowdle’s promising start.
- Gamecock Central with Tuesday’s post-practice notes, including a tidbit on Chris Lammons as punt returner.
- The State details 25 things you might have missed from the game on Sunday.
- A detailed breakdown of what went wrong on South Carolina’s onside kick attempt.
- Spurrier went to some random sports bar near Crescent Beach to watch the Gamecocks play on Sunday, the HBC tells The State’s Josh Kendall.
Don’t forget about us little people, Gourmet Gents!
— Campus Rush (@CampusRush) October 11, 2016
Now what about Spurrier as Larry Culpepper as Kirby Smart?
— SEC Country SC (@SECCountrySC) October 11, 2016
I guess that’s a silver lining.
It Could Be Worse Dept: #Gamecocks' 9 offensive TDs already more than eight (!) they managed in all of the anemic and winless 1999 season.
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) October 11, 2016
Dawn Staley’s coaching acumen is only rivaled by her Twitter game. Love the idea of a “theme” for a season too.
— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) October 12, 2016
The Non-Rev Report
- Senior midfielder Chelsea Drennan broke the women’s soccer team’s career assist record in a 3-1 win over No. 11 Arkansas on Sunday.
- More great news from the women’s soccer team – they’re currently No. 2 in the nation and undefeated!
- Shonda Cole, South Carolina’s first women’s volleyball All-American, is set to enter the South Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame.
- Head coach Curtis Frye previews the track and field team’s upcoming season.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. got his first hit of the postseason on Monday night. Unfortunately it was in a 4-3 loss that saw the Indians complete their sweep of the Red Sox.
- Boston’s elimination leaves first baseman Justin Smoak (Toronto) as your sole Gamecock survivor in the MLB postseason.
Top 5 Teams To Cheer For While The Gamecocks Have A Bye
- N.C. State: They play Clemson. C’mon.
- Vanderbilt: Hopefully Derek Mason can get a signature win against Georgia this weekend. Plus, as one of South Carolina’s two wins, any subsequent Vandy victories make the win in Nashville look better.
- Cleveland Browns: They’re winless and have already had five different players throw passes. And it’s only Week 6! Terrelle Pryor is fun to watch too.
- Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons (5-1) are 21-point underdogs against the Seminoles (4-2) in Tallahassee on Saturday. I want chaos. Give me a Top-25 Wake Forest team.
- My Fantasy Football Team: My team is terrible and I play the No. 1 team in the league this week. I haven’t finished with a winning record in four years. I’m starting the think the issue may lie in the front office…