Wednesday is the first day of the junior college signing period, and South Carolina is in play for a handful of prospects.
Near the top of the Gamecocks’ wish list are two defensive backs who could make an impact at a position that could use the help in 2017.
Kaleb Chalmers, the No. 15-ranked junior college cornerback in the country, is expected to choose between South Carolina and Ole Miss on Wednesday.
#STRecruiting: DB Kaleb Chalmers of NWMS JC will sign at 4:00 PM today at Greenwood HS. Indication this morning is USC over Ole MIss.
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) December 14, 2016
The Gamecocks are trending on the 247Spors Crystal Ball.
Chalmers, a Greenwood, S.C., native, spent his freshman year at Clemson before he was dismissed for a simple possession drug arrest.
The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect spent the rest of 2016 at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he tallied 30 tackles, 13 pass breakups and an interception. According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Chalmers is the No. 15-ranked JUCO cornerback.
Chalmers, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2017, took his official visit to Ole Miss last weekend. South Carolina hosted him in November, for the weekend of the Western Carolina game. He wasn’t the only JUCO defensive back on campus for an official that weekend.
Keisean Nixon, the No. 5-ranked JUCO cornerback, also took an official visit to Tennessee. He will announce his decision on Saturday, his mother’s birthday.
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— ?DEC.17th (@keiseannixon) December 11, 2016
Tennessee, which hosted him for an official visit last weekend, is trying to make a late push past South Carolina, the school most across the industry believe to be the favorite.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball is trending in favor of the Gamecocks.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect from Arizona Western College is originally from Compton, Calif. He would play a number of different positions at South Carolina, including safety, nickelback and kick returner.
South Carolina has commitments from a pair of JUCO prospects: offensive tackle Dennis Daley (Georgia Military Academy) and linebacker Eldridge Thompson (Coffeyville Community College).
Daley, who played at Ridge View High School in Columbia, is the No. 34 overall JUCO prospect in the country. He’ll have three seasons to play two at South Carolina when he enrolls in the summer.
Thompson, the No. 4-ranked JUCO outside linebacker, is originally from Memphis, Tenn. Because he suffered a shoulder injury during the first game of the season, Thompson will have three seasons to play at South Carolina.
Neither he nor Daley will sign any paperwork this week. Though Daley won’t be on campus for good until the summer, there’s some uncertainty as to when Thompson will report to school.
The Gamecocks also are in the mix for Jones County Junior College defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. The 4-star defensive tackle from Goose Creek (S.C.) High School is listed as the No. 13 overall JUCO prospect.
Kinlaw, a former South Carolina commitment, was placed by Will Muschamp’s staff at Jones County in January. His fast-tracked junior college career won’t be finished until the spring.
Alabama, Maryland, Southern Cal and Texas A&M also are in the mix for him.
Unless otherwise indicated, all rankings and ratings are based on the 247Sports composite.