There wasn't much pizzazz with South Carolina's 2014 signing class. Instead, the Gamecocks executed an efficient, relentless game plan.

Need some cornerbacks for the upcoming season?

Try grabbing five on one day.

Need help along the defensive line? Try adding seven newcomers - four ends, three tackles.

With more four-star signees than Florida, Miami and Oklahoma, there's plenty of talent in South Carolina's signing class.

The Gamecocks were ranked No. 15 nationally by 247 Composite, but this was more than a blind talent grab.

More than half of South Carolina's 21 signees play two areas on the field - in the secondary and in the trenches.

The Gamecocks were methodical, addressing needs and plugging gaps on the depth chart.

The day was designed for one purpose: be better prepared for this fall.

How did South Carolina do?


Quarterbacks: Michael Scarnecchia wasn't a big name in recruiting circles - certainly no Deshaun Watson - but South Carolina didn't need a big-time quarterback recruit this year. With Dylan Thompson, Brendan Nosovitch and Connor Mitch, the quarterback position is in good hands. Coaches love Scarnecchia's natural size and potential, and he should add depth to the group. Grade: C

Running backs: Running back is similar to quarterback on South Carolina's depth chart. With Mike Davis, Brandon Wilds, David Williams and Shon Carson, there isn't much room in the backfield. What the Gamecocks needed - and got with three-star prospect Joe Blue - was another scholarship fullback behind senior Connor McLaurin. Blue should be able to grow into the position and pave the way for USC's ground game in the future. Grade: B-

Receivers: With the attention focused so heavily on defense, it was easy to overlook South Carolina's solid haul of receivers. Shaq Davidson, Tyshun Samuel and Terry Googer will need time to adjust to college football, but each has starter - if not star - potential. Grade: A-

Linemen: What the offensive line class lacked for quantity, South Carolina believed it compensated with quality. Four-star guard Donell Stanely was a South Carolina Mr. Football finalist, a rarity for an offensive lineman. Along with three-star guard Malik Young, South Carolina added quality depth to its interior offensive line. Grade: B


Linemen: It's tough to get quantity and quality at a position, which is why South Carolina's defensive line class is so impressive. Among the seven defensive linemen the Gamecocks signed, junior college tackle Abu Lamin, four-star tackle Dexter Wideman and four-star end Dante Sawyer - at the very least - could compete for instant playing time. Grade: A+

Linebackers: South Carolina's lone linebacker commit should be a home-run signing. Bryson Allen-Williams of suburban Atlanta is the highest-rated player in the class. The four-star linebacker is tough and athletic. Grade: A

Secondary: South Carolina entered signing day searching for starters at cornerback. Now, the Gamecocks have five to choose from. This was the brightest part of the class, with Wesley Green, Chris Lammons, D.J. Smith, Al Harris Jr. and Darin Smalls forming a remarkable quintet. Grade: A+