As Darius English tries to land a roster spot with the Atlanta Falcons, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp continues his search for reliable pass rushers.
There’s one problem: South Carolina’s roster doesn’t have a heck of a lot of production returning in 2017.
This month, the Gamecocks will welcome a host of first-year pass rushers, including Aaron Sterling, who was ranked by the 247Sports composite as the No. 17 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2017.
“Aaron’s a guy we’re really excited about, was a very good player at Tucker, got to the state championship game,” Muschamp said. “He’s got really great initial quickness. He’s a guy we’re expecting to come in and compete.”
Tucker (Ga.) High School coach Bryan Lamar said Sterling is a “very athletic” and “talented player.”
“He’s definitely going to bring outstanding pass-rush ability and just pure athleticism,” Lamar said.
He added, “Aaron has the versatility, definitely an outside, edge guy. He’s got to put on some weight. He’s been thicker in the past. He can be multifaceted. He doesn’t mind playing inside, but he can really do some things on the perimeter as well.”
Defensive end Brad Johnson, like Sterling, announced on National Signing Day that he would sign with South Carolina. For Johnson, the plan for his freshman season is to “just be productive” at the Buck position.
“My eyes are set on trying to come in and play [right] off the bat. Coach Mike [Peterson], he’s going to help me out with that,” Johnson said. “I’m just ready for it.”