A sizable portion of South Carolina’s 24-man signing class has been on campus since January.
Led by four-star quarterback Brandon McIlwain and four-star wide receiver Bryan Edwards, running back C.J. Freeman, cornerback Chris Smith and defensive linemen Keir Thomas and Kobe Smith were mid-year enrollees.
Most of the rest of Will Muschamp’s first class at South Carolina has reported to campus within the last few days. Summer Session E begins on Monday, May 30 and runs through June 23. Summer Session F, which lasts eight weeks, starts on June 6.
A trio of four-star prospects headlines the rest of the 18 signees: quarterback Jake Bentley, cornerback JaMarcus King and defensive tackle Stephon Taylor, who was scheduled to join them on Memorial Day.
The foursome of D.J. Wonnum (defensive end), Sadarius Hutcherson (lineman), T.J. Brunson (linebacker) and Robert Tucker (tight end) will live together on campus. Tucker was the last of the four to move to Columbia because of the timing of his high school’s graduation.
Several reported last week and over the weekend, including wide receivers Korey Banks, Randrecous Davis and Kiel Pollard. Defensive lineman Griffin Gentry, Aaron Thompson and Darius Whitfield are also now on campus.
To make it in time for this week’s report date, the two signees out of Asheville, N.C., running back Rico Dowdle and offensive lineman Pika Leota, accelerated their class schedules because of the late graduation dates in the state of North Carolina. Dowdle confirmed that he was set to report around 5 p.m. on Memorial Day.
The graduation ceremony for tight end Evan Hinson was on Saturday. His report day and time have yet to be confirmed, as is the case with offensive lineman Akeem Cooperwood.
Offensive lineman Will Putnam won’t report to campus for another couple of weeks because of his graduation date.
Josh Kendall of The State newspaper, reported on Tuesday that King and wide receiver Chavis Dawkins were still waiting to be cleared academically.