Monday is the first day of the spring semester at South Carolina, which means Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks football team will be welcoming the six early enrollees.
Four of the six arrive to South Carolina from high school while two are junior college additions.
SEC Country takes a look at the group and which of the mid-year signees could make an early impact in 2017.
OL Summie Carlay – Laurens, S.C.
The 3-star is listed at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds and rated as the No. 114 offensive tackle in the Class of 2017. Carlay started for the South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl last month, but from this perspective, he looks more like a center at the next level. A redshirt year will be beneficial.
CB Kaleb Chalmers – Greenwood, S.C.
Chalmers’ path to South Carolina from Clemson has been well-documented. What’s lost in the story line is the kind of player he can be at the Power 5 level. Chalmers (6-0, 180) has adequate size, strength and speed to play cornerback. His cover skills and length also fit the bill. And he’s a willing tackler. Chalmers, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining, will push starters Chris Lammons and JaMarcus King.
S Jaylin Dickerson – Southern Pines, N.C.
Dickerson (6-0, 175) is expected to work his way into a spot in South Carolina’s two-deep at safety, where he’ll probably remain for the rest of his career. At the very least, in 2017, he’ll make an impact on most of the special teams.
DB Keisean Nixon – Compton, Calif.
Like Dickerson and Chalmers, his fellow junior college addition, Nixon (5-10, 180) will compete for immediate playing time. And, like the other two, he’s projected to see the field a lot this fall. Nixon could contribute at every position in the defensive backfield: cornerback, safety and nickel. He’ll also figure into the mix at kick returner, though A.J. Turner proved to be reliable there when healthy. Nixon has three years to play two.
WR OrTre Smith – Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Smith underwent ankle surgery during his senior season at Wando High School. How much he’ll be able to participate during spring drills is not yet known, though he’s expected to be in the two-deep by the fall. Like Bryan Edwards, who had a productive freshman year, Smith (6-4, 217) brings size to a wide receiver that needed more big-bodies. Both were selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game.
DL M.J. Webb – Madison, Ga.
Since Dante Sawyer is the only returning strong-side defensive end with any significant experience, Webb has a shot to land some of the snaps that will be left behind by Marquavius Lewis. Webb, the No. 8-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country, could be asked to do several different things along the line, depending on the situation and type of front employed by Muschamp and Travaris Robinson. Webb (6-foot-2, 275) went through close to a week’s worth of practices with the team in December.
All rankings and ratings are based on the 247Sports composite, unless otherwise indicated.