Still work in 2023 for the Gamecocks football recruiting class


South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer is quite pleased with the state of Recruitment Class 2023 as of mid-November. However, he concedes that there is still work to be done to get the team where it needs to be from a talent perspective next year.


With 20 engagements, the Gamecocks are currently 15th in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings. There are 10 four-star players who are committed and another 10 three-star players who are expected to sign to the program in December.


Expected Visitor List for Gamecocks vs. Vols


Beamer and his staff are still chasing multiple players to fill their roster. Some may come from high school ranks, others from junior college ranks, and there is no doubt that the NCAA transfer portal will be used again to add to the list.


“We still have a lot of work to do because there are still some positions out there where we’re not where we should be right now,” Beamer said. “We’ve got to go flat out to get where we need to be next year and that’s high school recruiting and whatever the transfer market is offering.”


The recruiting class, which currently ranks 6th overall in the SEC, was built primarily in the summer months. The most recent signing came from four-star pass rushers Desmond Umeozulu (Upper Marlboro, Md./Charles Herbert Flowers), who, among many other offers, preferred the Gamecocks to Ohio State.


The first obligation in the class was safety Zahbari Sandy (Washington DC/St. John’s), who made his commitment on May 8th of this year.


“We’ve had a fantastic summer,” said Beamer. “All the guys who signed us in the summer before the start of the season stayed the same. They have been fantastic, super supportive. You can’t wait to come here. We have a group of his that will be here in January who are graduating early. Excited about Signing Day in December and the chance to get some freshmen over here in January to do spring training.


Beamer said recruitment is going “really, really well” at the moment and the program will be taking in four official visitors — two signed and two non-signed — for the game against Tennessee this weekend.


South Carolina is trending with a four-star defenseman in the 247Sports Crystal Ball Elijah Daviscurrently plays at East Mississippi CC. Another top goal for the program is a five-star athlete Nyckole’s Harbour (Washington DC/Archbishop Carroll).

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