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USC building 2014 football recruiting class

Multiple 4-star prospects committed to South Carolina for next season

On the heels of back-to-back 11-win seasons, the Gamecocks are continuing to build for the future.
USC has 12 hard commitments for the class of 2014 and head coach Steve Spurrier’s staff will likely add to that haul as the high school football season gets under way. South Carolina’s 2014 class is headlined by Gaffney wide receiver Shaq Davidson. The 6-foot wide receiver is ranked as the third-best player in the state of South Carolina and the eighth-best wide receiver in the nation, according to 247 Sports. Davidson, who is hoping to lead the Gaffney Indians to a 4A state title, also has offers from Georgia, Florida State, Auburn and Clemson. The Gamecocks landed a commitment from Davidson back on July 2.

Along with Davidson, 247 Sports has a quartet of four-star recruits committed to the Gamecocks for the class of 2014. Cornerback Wesley Green from Lithonia, Ga., committed to USC in June over SEC schools Florida, Arkansas and Auburn. Green is the 13th-rated prospect from the Peach State. South Carolina also headed south of the border to nab outside linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, who was also being courted by defending national champion Alabama. The Gamecocks also have a commitment from defensive tackle Abu Lamin. Originally from North Carolina, Lamin is enrolled at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas and was also receiving interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Arizona State. South Carolina’s final four-star commit comes from Kevin Crosby, an in-state prospect from Bamberg. Crosby, who recorded a 4.88 in the 40-yard dash, can play tight end or outside linebacker.

USC has half a dozen commitments from Palmetto State prospects for the 2014 class. Along with Davidson and Crosby, the Gamecocks have reeled in; Darin Smalls, a safety from Summerville; Kalan Ritchie, a tight end from Goose Creek who was drawing interest from ACC schools Clemson, N.C. State and Virginia Tech; Joe Blue, a Dillon native who is rated as the 16th-best inside linebacker in the state and Malik Young, an offensive guard from Piedmont.

The Gamecocks also have commits from three additional defensive prospects to round out their early 2014 class commitments. Jhaustin Thomas, a defensive end from Trinity Valley Community College in the Lone Star State, Alabama defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth, who was also offered by Arkansas and Kentucky, and cornerback Al Harris Jr., who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and attends St. Thomas Aquinas High School, have all committed to play for South Carolina.


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