South Carolina coach Will Muschamp landed a trio of commitments on Saturday, during the Gamecocks’ last major recruiting event of the summer.
What will the three prospects add to South Carolina’s roster?
LB Ahdarrious Gee (6-1, 190)
There are a couple of listings for Gee’s weight, depending on which recruiting site you read. The weight on 247Sports — listed above at 190, is a little lower than the Rivals weight: 203.
But let’s not get too caught up in that, at least for now. For one, Gee is still just a rising junior. However, with an in-person look at Gee during camp last month, it’s safe to say he has the frame to take on more weight and play either the middle or weakside linebacker spots at South Carolina.
Where Gee ends up at South Carolina is to be determined, probably by a couple of different things, but his physical development will play a large part in that.
Based off a few minutes of clips on Hudl, Gee has good instincts, a critical part for any linebacker position, particularly for the inside spots. That’s the feel on a few different highlights, whether he’s diagnosing run or pass, dropping back into coverage or blitzing the quarterback.
The 2019 prospect from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga. appears to check a couple of boxes, athletically, and it looks like he’s capable of running sideline to sideline.
OL Jesus Gibbs (6-4, 265)
Fast-forward to 1:54 on this batch of his early-season junior highlights.
There’s nothing too spectacular about the play, which looks like an inside zone. Gibbs makes contact with the defensive end and passes him off to his tight end. He then moves up to the next level to block the linebacker, where he successfully creates more room for the running back.
The play goes for over 20 yards.
Just as Gibbs runs across the 50-yard line — he was looking for someone else to block — a safety dives in and misses the tackle, but rolls into Gibbs’ path. No worries, Gibbs jumped over the defender at the 45-yard line as if he were a hurdle on the track.
The play speaks to what South Carolina is getting in Gibbs: athleticism, good feet and a high motor. You’ll see all three throughout his highlights, not just on that clip.
The 3-star offensive tackle has played both left and right for Potomac High School in Dumfries, Va., but here’s to believing he potentially could play left tackle for South Carolina. At first glance, Gibbs seems comparable to former Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who played multiple positions for the Tigers before settling in at left tackle, where he earned first-team All-ACC honors in his final two seasons.
WR Tyquan Johnson (6-3.5, 192)
Johnson’s recruiting profile won’t wow any fans. The Screven County High School (Sylvania, Ga.) 3-star isn’t listed among the country’s top 100 wide receivers in the Class of 2018.
Don’t get caught up in that. Instead, pay attention to the results.
The blend of size, speed and athleticism should get South Carolina fans excited about what he can potentially add to the offense as a downfield threat. Earlier this spring, during The Opening stop in Atlanta, Johnson ran a laser-time 4.61 in the 40-yard-dash.
With times ranging from 4.60 to 4.53, Johnson was the seventh-fastest wide receiver who was timed during the event. His 37.1-inch vertical jump was sixth-highest among receivers.
As a junior, he averaged over 25 yards per reception. Thirteen of those 32 catches were touchdowns.