Several of the players signed in Will Muschamp’s second recruiting class are making major contributions to the South Carolina football team.
Junior college transfer Dennis Daley, who’s now the Gamecocks starting left tackle, is the only offensive lineman from the 2017 recruiting haul to avoid a redshirt this season.
“On the offensive line, Eric Douglas is a guy that we’re really excited about, continues to be a guy that can play multiple spots,” Muschamp said.
Eric Douglas, the No. 54 offensive tackle in that class, according to the 247Sports composite, was rated higher than Jordan Rhodes (107) and Jordon Carty (79), but Muschamp believes both “athletically, are what you want,” then added, “they’ve got to continue to grow in the game.”
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January enrollee Summie Carlay “has looked good in some things that he’s been able to do inside for us.”
Muschamp said tight end Will Register, the first 2017 prospect to commit to the Gamecocks class, “is a guy that we’re excited about.”
Quarterback Jay Urich is “a big athlete, who’s a fast-twitch guy who we think has a nice upside for us, as far as those things are concerned.”
Defensively, “[Lineman] M.J. Webb is a guy who continues to come on for us, excited about him. [Linebacker] Davonne Bowen has done some nice things.
Like Carlay and Webb, Jaylin Dickerson was among the signees who enrolled in January.
“Jaylin Dickerson has come through his [shoulder] surgery extremely well and is a guy that I think that is going to be a really good football player,” Muschamp said, “Would be playing for us this year on special teams and at safety.”
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Dickerson (shoulder) hasn’t been cleared for contact in practice. Though Muschamp isn’t sure of the exact date, the former 3-star recruit will be able to go through spring practice.
“[Safety] Zay Brown continues to practice and travel with us. Again, a guy that we’re excited about,” Muschamp said. “[Cornerback] Tavyn Jackson is a guy that we really felt great about, but we’re just having a hard time getting over this hamstring. He did practice [Wednesday], about half of the practice. We’re trying to limit his reps, to get him back out there.”
South Carolina’s 2017 signing class was ranked No. 21 in the country by the 247Sports composite.
“A bunch of them are playing for us. Some of them are starting for us, but certainly the guys that aren’t necessarily playing are guys that we’re excited about,” Muschamp said.