BIGGEST SPLASH: South Carolina received a surprise when three-star cornerback Rashad Fenton signed with the Gamecocks on Wednesday. The Miami native had been undecided between USC, Louisville and Florida, but became the latest South Florida DB attracted to Columbia by assistant coach Grady Brown.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Arden Key, rated the No. 13 defensive end nationally by Rivals, committed to South Carolina twice — only to de-commit both times. Less than 48 hours before National Signing Day, the Lithonia, Ga., native appeared on television and committed to LSU. This time, his commitment actually stuck.
WILL PLAY RIGHT AWAY: Dante Sawyer is another junior college product who bolsters USC’s defensive line, and could make an immediate impact. The defensive end signed with the Gamecocks last year but ended up at East Mississippi Community College, where he recorded 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Wide receiver Dexter Neal, rated by Rivals as the No. 31 player at his position nationally, and from the same Atlanta high school as former USC tailback Mike Davis. The 6-2, 195-pounder could help fill the void left by the departures of Shaq Roland, Nick Jones, Damiere Byrd and K.J. Brent.
— David Caraviello