May 23, 2009

Who's On Deck? When Will The Signees Arrive?

South Carolina signed a group of prospects in the Class of 2009 that was ranked by Rivals.com as the 12th best in the nation. Here is a look at where all 29 of South Carolina's February signees stand.

For your reference, in the 2009 calendar year, South Carolina's "Maymester" session classes began on May 11. Summer I session classes begin on June 1 and Summer II classes begin July 6. August semester classes begin August 21.

Quarterback

Tampa (FL) Wharton QB Andrew Clifford: The Gamecocks' lone 2009 QB signee is fine academically and is eligible to arrive in Columbia for Summer II.

Running Back

Bradenton (FL) Manatee RB Ben Axon: With the news of his recent arrest, his status as a Carolina signee is still uncertain. The coaching staff is the process of gathering the facts surrounding the incident. The news is disappointing, as Axon was reportedly doing well in the classroom and on track to be at Carolina for the Summer II session if he stayed on course.

Tampa (FL) Gaither RB Jarvis Giles: The shifty running back enrolled at Carolina this past January, and showed off some of his nifty moves during the Garnet & Black Game, where he rushed for 114 yards. He is expected to help give the offense a much-needed boost in the playmaking department.

Wide Receiver

Douglas (GA) Coffee WR DeMario Bennett: One of two sleeper wideouts from Georgia signed by the Gamecocks is all set to enroll at Carolina for the first session of summer school according to sources. If all goes as planned, Bennett should be on campus at right at the beginning of June.

Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe WR Charles Holmes - I hear Holmes was headed to Hutchinson Junior College in Kansas, but he apparently is not there now and could be looking around at other options. Either way, Holmes is not going to qualify and will have to spend a couple of years elsewhere if he wants to make his way to USC at some point.


Calhoun County (SC) WR Alshon Jeffery: The Gamecocks' stud receiver signee has improved his academic standing, and is set to take the SAT/ACT in June. If he gets the score he needs, he should be good to go. There is a possibility that he would have to wait until August, but those around him believe he should make it in time for Summer II. Still, he is not qualified as of yet.

Jacksonville (FL) Fletcher WR Lamar Scruggs: Fletcher's grades for seniors were actually due today and should be posted Monday or Tuesday, so assuming everything checked out (his academic situation is fine), it could be possible for him to enroll for Summer I. However, Fletcher has a late graduation so there is a possibility that he will wait until Summer II.

Kingsland (GA) Camden County WR Deangelo Smith: The other of the Georgia receivers signed by the Gamecocks is not qualified as of yet according to sources, but I hear that he should be on track. He would not arrive until Summer II in all likelihood.

Tight End

Pageland (SC) Central TE Justice Cunningham: I have heard there could be a possibility logistically that Cunningham could make it to Columbia by the first summer school session, as his grades would likely be posted before Summer I begins. However, Pageland's graduation is after Summer I begins so he will likely just wait until the second summer session. I hear that Cunningham looks like lost 15 pounds, but it's only because he has put on a lot of muscle mass and looks noticeably "bigger", from a muscle standpoint.



Offensive Line

Asheville (NC) T.C. Roberson OL Nick Allison: The North Carolina native has a late graduation (June 13), but is still planning on enrolling at Carolina for Summer I. understand that Allison sprained his ankle working out recently but should be fine in 1-2 weeks.

Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military College OL Steven Singleton: The JUCO lineman is on track to get to USC for Summer II. He is taking a summer school class that begins in June; he needs to pass that course and should be good to go.

Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military College OL Kevious Watkins: The JUCO All-American lineman has some work to do; he will have to take some summer school classes and do well in them. It could be August before he arrives at USC, unless he does not pass his courses.

Defensive Line

Fork Union (VA) Fork Union Military Academy DE Ronald Byrd: Byrd was able to become eligible for "Maymester" at USC, so he is on campus and taking classes right now. He is expected to start out on the defensive line.

Beaufort (SC) DL Duane Chisolm: The Gamecocks' other signee from Beaufort has a lot of talent, but will not be taking it to Columbia this year; as he will have to either attend prep or junior college. The Gamecocks will track his progress wherever he ends up.

St. Stephen (SC) Timberland DL Aldrick Fordham: As long as he stays on his current pace, the athletic DE prospect should arrive in Columbia for Summer II in July.

Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy DL Leon Mackey: I am hearing that the former Virginia Tech and Clemson commit will be enrolling at Carolina in July; Mackey possesses the size to come in and try to make an instant impact on the Carolina line.

Fork Union (VA) Fork Union Military Academy DE Chaz Sutton: After spending a year in prep school, Sutton enrolled at USC in January and is expected to play a role as a pass-rusher.

Linebacker

Ft. Walton Beach (FL) LB Matt Coffee: Coffee will be heading to Columbia for Summer II. He is a guy that Carolina's staff believes is versatile and he could play running back or linebacker. The staff will decide where to put him when he arrives this summer.

Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military College LB Josh Dickerson: The 6'2 linebacker enrolled early at Carolina; he injured his shoulder in the spring game but is expected to be fine. He will help add depth to Carolina's linebacking corps.

Winder (GA) Apalachee LB Chaun Gresham: The nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers will seek to carve out a legacy of his own on the defensive side of the ball. He is set to report to campus in July for Summer II and should be good to go academically.

Lenoir (NC) Hibriten LB Quin Smith: The sleeper LB from North Carolina will hit USC's campus in July for Summer II; he is waiting on more class but should be fine to qualify.

Milledgeville (GA) Georgia Military College LB Tony Straughter: The athletic 'backer, along with former GMC teammate Dickerson, will add depth to Carolina's linebackers during the 2009 season.

Defensive Back

Jacksonville (FL) Andrew Jackson DB Corey Addison: The Jacksonville native is set to enroll for Summer I, which begins on June 1. I hear that Addison could possibly get a look at cornerback when the Gamecocks begin practice.

Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe DB Stephon Gilmore: The versatile athlete has been impressive every step of the way as an early enrollee, bringing a work ethic and talent to Columbia that prompted Steve Spurrier to call Gilmore one of the best he's seen.

Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe DB Devonte Holloman: Another early enrolle, the talented safety has looked good early on in his Gamecock career and is a hard worker to boot. He should contribute this year in the secondary.


Columbia (SC) DB Damario Jeffery: The talented athlete is one of the crown jewels of Carolina's class, and he too should be arriving for Summer II. He will get a look at safety and could grow into a linebacker.

Beaufort (SC) DB Jimmy Legree: The Lowcountry defensive back is the second Beaufort player to sign with USC in the class of 2009. He graduates on June 10 and is set to report to USC in July; I hear his academics should be fine. He is waiting on grades from one more class but should be set.

Columbia (SC) DB Chris Payne: The Gamecocks' hard-hitting "ambassador" for the Class of 2009 is on track to arrive at Carolina in July and will get a look at one of the safety spots.

Greenwood (SC) DB D.J. Swearinger: The Upstate product is set to hit Carolina's campus on the last day of May and will begin classes in early June. I spoke with a source close to him who told me that absolutely never misses a workout and has really been getting after it hard. He is expected to start out at safety.



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