South Carolina loads up on offensive linemen in 2018 class

Will Muschamp’s third group of recruits at South Carolina was largely signed back in December, but he did add two important pieces late in the process. Concord, NC defensive tackle Rick Sandidge choosing the Gamecocks on signing day after offensive lineman Dylan Wonnum had done so earlier in the week gave them some flair to largely close out what appears to be a solid class.

“(Sandidge) is an athletic big man that can run, that can rush the pocket. He can win in the pass rush” Muschamp said about the final member of the class as of now.

One meaningful difference this year was the presence of offensive line coach Eric Wolford. He joined the staff in January of 2017, too late to fully be involved in last season’s recruiting. His fingerprints are all over an impressive, six-man group that includes Wonnum, Jovaughn Gwyn, and Maxwell Iyama all as four-star signees from outside South Carolina.

Chapin’s Hank Manos is another talent the staff is excited about.

“Wolf (Wolford) is persistent,” Muschamp said. “He works extremely hard at it. He does a great job of developing relationships with the type of young men he wants to coach and the type of mentality they need to play for him.”

There is still unfinished business for the class.

Bryce Thompson, a gifted athlete from nearby Irmo, wants to be a Gamecock and reiterated his commitment on social media. His academics have been an issue, and it appears it may be a while before South Carolina is comfortable enough with where he stands to allow him to sign and take up one of the 25 spots in their class. Muschamp cannot comment on that situation, but acknowledged they have a plan for the two remaining slots.

Another option for South Carolina could be a graduate transfer. Safety J.T. Ibe of Rice has indicated in interviews he plans to visit in March.

RELATED: Wrapping up National Signing Day around the SEC.

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