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Four-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge became the Gamecocks' highest-rated signee for 2018 when he committed to South Carolina on National Signing Day.

Good news for Gamecocks on Signing Day; South Carolina’s updated 2018 signing class

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Four-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge committed to the Gamecocks on Wednesday.

“I’m just happy to be over the stress,” Sandidge told reporters. “You just don’t know how relaxed I am right now. But then, when you think about it, I’ve got to go to college and put in more work, so I’m going to have the stress coming back.”

Ranked No. 141 overall in the 247Sports composite, the 6-foot-5, 288-pound defensive lineman is South Carolina’s highest-rated signee.

Quite the pair

With National Signing Day 2018 in the books, the Gamecocks officially welcomed a pair of 4-star prospects to the fold: Sandidge and offensive tackle Dylan Wonnum.

“At the end of the day, two very athletic big men that had offers from everybody in the country — our staff did a fantastic job of solidifying those guys,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said of his team’s two newest signees. “I felt good about it all along because we had done a nice job recruiting the guys and I’m excited they are Gamecocks.”

Wonnum, the younger brother of South Carolina “Buck” D.J. Wonnum, is rated as the No. 12 overall offensive tackle for 2018, per the 247Sports composite.

With Sandidge and Wonnum signing, South Carolina’s 2018 class is ranked No. 19 in 247Sports’ latest football recruiting composite team rankings.

How far we’ve come

From the first pledge to Signing Day, SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan has all the details on how South Carolina’s 2018 signing class came to be.

Four-star quarterback Dakereon Joyner’s commitment on Father’s Day 2017 to honor his late father was one of the highlights of the 2018 cycle for the Gamecocks.

The North Charleston, S.C., native was rated as the No. 4 overall prospect in South Carolina for 2018, per the 247Sports composite.

Then there were 2

With 22 signees on board (and running back Ty’Son Williams’ scholarship counting toward 2018), the Gamecocks have two spots remaining in the 2018 class.

What will South Carolina do with the extra roster space? The Gamecocks could look to the graduate transfer market.

“I think any time we can improve our roster we’ll certainly try to,” Muschamp said when asked about potential graduate transfers.

According to McGranahan, Rice graduate transfer safety J.T. Ibe is one name to keep an eye on.

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Young, but talented

Speaking of Joyner, he and the rest of the Gamecocks’ early enrollees have already impressed Muschamp.

“Been very pleased with the 13 guys we’ve got on campus, I can tell you that,” the South Carolina coach told reporters.

Four-star defensive end Kingsley Enagbare, 4-star linebacker Rosendo Louis and the Gamecocks’ first pledge in the 2018 cycle, 3-star wide receiver Darius Rush, were among the prospects to enroll in January.

Missing time

Several key players will be absent when South Carolina starts spring practice, Muschamp told reporters on Wednesday.

Sophomore defensive back Jamyest Williams (shoulder) and redshirt freshman safety Jaylin Dickerson (shoulder) are among those players ruled out for spring ball. Senior leaders, WR Deebo Samuel and OLB/DE Bryson Allen-Williams, will both be limited.

South Carolina’s spring practice officially starts on Feb. 28, culminating in the Garnet & Black spring game on March 31.

The future

South Carolina offered an update on its new football operations center on Twitter on Wednesday.

Muschamp and his wife, Carol, recently made an unspecified “leadership gift” toward the construction of the $50 million facility.

The building is scheduled to open sometime in 2018.

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