Recruiting

Gamecocks burning up recruiting trail in last two weeks

Will Muschamp

As we enter June, the biggest surprise in the recruiting world is the South Carolina Gamecocks. Will Muschamp and company currently have 14 commitments for th 2019 class and as things stand right now, the Gamecocks are ranked in the top-five nationally according to 247sports.com.

It has been a great two-week stretch for South Carolina, adding four defensive standouts to their 2019 class. Here is a look at the newest South Carolina commitments who have elevated the Gamecocks class.

Linebacker Jahmar Brown

The particulars: Brown (6-feet-1, 200-pounds) is a three-star prospect from Opa Locka (FL) St Thomas Aquinas. He committed to South Carolina on May 24.

The skinny: Brown is among the top-40 outside linebackers in the country for the 2019 class. He had offers from Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and many others before committing.

Defensive End Zacch Pickens

The particulars: Pickens (6-feet-4, 268-pounds) is a five-star prospect from Anderson, (SC) T L Hanna. He committed to South Carolina on May 25.

The skinny: Pickens is a dominant defensive lineman who is considered to be the No. 1 strong-side end in the country and a top-15 overall talent nationally. Pickens, who is also the No. 1 overall prospect in South Carolina for 2019, had offers from all over the country. He committed to South Carolina over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and many others.

Defensive End Joseph Anderson

The particulars: Anderson (6-feet-4, 264-pounds) is a four-star prospect from Murfreesboro, (TN) Siegel. He committed to South Carolina on June 1.

The skinny: Anderson is considered to be among the top-15 strong-side ends in the country and is also a top-225 overall talent nationally. A top-10 prospect in Tennessee, Anderson committed to South Carolina over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and many others.

Linebacker Derek Boykins

The particulars: Boykins (6-feet-1, 224 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Concord, (NC) Central Cabarrus. He committed to South Carolina on June 2.

The skinny: Boykins is among the top-30 outside linebackers in the country and a top-20 prospect from North Carolina. Boykins had offers from over 20 programs including Clemson, Louisville, North Carolina, Ole miss and Tennessee before committing to South Carolina.

Interesting to note about these four newest Gamecocks commitments is all four are from different states. Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee are all represented, meaning South Carolina is attracting talent from all over the southeast.

South Carolina currently has commitments from five of the top-315 prospects in the nation for the class of 2019, which is more than Florida and Tennessee combined.

Yes, it’s early, but South Carolina is making a lot of noise on the recruiting trail. Will it last? We will have to wait and see.

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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