Kyshaun Bryan’s de-commitment from South Carolina had been in the works for quite some time now, so Saturday’s news came as no surprise.
Now that he is officially off the board, let’s take a quick look at the state of South Carolina’s running backs.
Rico Dowdle, who led the Gamecocks with 764 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns, will be a sophomore in 2017. He’s likely to enter spring practice as the starter, but there are several talented backs behind him.
A.J. Turner, a redshirt sophomore, finished last season with 497 yards and 3 scores. He’s back, but David Williams, South Carolina’s third-leading rusher in 2016, recently announced that he will transfer to UConn for a graduate season.
Also returning is Ty’Son Williams, who redshirted last season after transferring from North Carolina. Over six games in 2015, Williams was fourth among Tar Heels running backs with 57 yards rushing. He’s currently a redshirt sophomore.
Mon Denson, a redshirt sophomore, is back, too. And C.J. Freeman returns as a redshirt freshman. Neither have played a down for the Gamecocks.
Earlier this month, South Carolina landed former Wisconsin running back Caleb Kinlaw as a walk-on. Kinlaw spent 2016 at Pearl River Community College, where rushed 34 times for 150 yards and a touchdown. He has a chance to earn a scholarship at some point during his two seasons of eligibility.
South Carolina is positioned well for a few running backs from the 2018 cycle.
Five-star Zamir White, the top-ranked player at the position, has mentioned South Carolina as a school of interest, but several others are in the mix, including Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina. The country’s No. 4 overall prospect is from Laurinburg, N.C.
The Gamecocks have a much more realistic shot at Master Teague III, a 4-star from Murfreesboro, Tenn. The No. 16-ranked running back in the country lists offers from several SEC schools, including Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Duke, Georgia Tech and Louisville also have offered.
Four-star Jamal Elliott (Durham, N.C.) is close to revealing a top 10 list, which should include South Carolina. Tennessee and East Carolina are among the favorites, too.
All rankings and ratings are based on the 247Sports composite, unless otherwise indicated.