BIGGEST SPLASH: In more ways than one, Bryson Allen-Williams was South Carolina's most important recruit. He's a big-time pass rusher who can play in a two- or three-point stance, finishing with 16 sacks and 22 tackles for loss as a high school senior. He's also the No. 8 ranked outside linebacker in his class. Perhaps most importantly, Allen-Williams worked hard to get other talented prospects to South Carolina. Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward joked about the Gamecocks needing to put Allen-Williams on the payroll as a recruiter.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Nobody. That is the true beauty of South Carolina's signing class. The Gamecocks got a signature from each player they thought there was a chance of signing. South Carolina got two prized recruits - defensive tackle Dexter Wideman and defensive end Blake McClain - to flip their commitments to Florida State and Nebraska, respectively.
WILL PLAY RIGHT AWAY: Vaguely put, a cornerback. South Carolina signed five Wednesday. It's a safe bet one, if not two, will start in the Gamecocks' opener against Texas A&M. There isn't a better positional battle this offseason than cornerback. It will be interesting to see who emerges among new signees Wesley Green, Chris Lammons, D.J. Smith, Darin Smalls and Al Harris Jr.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The focus Wednesday was on defense, where South Carolina filled glaring holes on the defensive line and at cornerback. Don't forget about the Gamecocks' new trio of receivers: Shaq Davidson, Tyshun Samuel and Terry Googer. Of the three, Samuel may have the best chance to play right away, but each has the potential to be playmakers in South Carolina's offense.
- Ryan Wood
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