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Signing Day Press Conference

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Signees

Summie Carlay
OL • 6-5 • 269
Laurens, S.C. (Laurens)
Signed: Enrolled in January

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Graduated from Laurens (S.C.) District 55 High School in December 2016 and enrolled at South Carolina in January... earned a spot on the All-Region2-5A team while playing for head coach Chris Liner... the Raiders went 7-6 and reached the second round of the playoffs in his senior season... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... formerly played tight end but moved to offensive tackle as a junior... Rivals ranks him as the sixth-best player in the Palmetto State and the 58th-best offensive tackle in the country... rated the 10th-best player in the state and the 65th-best offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports... ESPN ranks him as the 13th-best player in the Palmetto State and the 59th-best player at his position in the country... Scout rates him as No. 89 in the nation among offensive tackles.

Kaleb Chalmers
DB • 5-10 • 181
Greenwood, S.C. (Greenwood/Northwest Mississippi C.C.)
Signed: Enrolled in January

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Enrolled at South Carolina in January 2017... spent the 2016 season at Northwest Mississippi C.C. in Senatobia... helped the Rangers to a 9-3 season and a No. 6 final ranking in the NJCAA... coached by Benjy Parker... earned a spot on the All-MACJC first team as a cornerback... recorded 30 tackles with one sack, one interception and 13 pass breakups... spent his true freshman season at Clemson where he was redshirted... played his prep ball for Dan Pippin at Greenwood (S.C.) High, leading the Eagles to the state playoffs as a senior after logging a pair of state titles... graduated in 2015... was a three-time all-state selection... also earned all-district and all-region accolades... earned a spot on the Shrine Bowl squad following his senior season... had 80 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a junior... had 45 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore... will have three years to play three at South Carolina.

Jaylin Dickerson
DB • 6-1 • 175
Southern Pines, N.C. (Pinecrest)
Signed: Enrolled in January

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Graduated from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C. in December 2016 and enrolled at South Carolina in January... helped the Patriots to a 10-3 record in his senior season of 2016... the team reached the second round of the 4AA playoffs in North Carolina... earned the conference Defensive Player of the Year accolades... coached by Chris Metzger... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... a three-year starter and three-time all-conference performer... made 58 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore, then earned first-team All-Southeastern 4-A Conference honors and All-Cape Fear region honors as a junior when he had 64 tackles, six tackles for loss and two interceptions... rated the 27th-best player in the state and the 55th-best safety in the country by Rivals... ranked as the 37th-best player in North Carolina and the 93rd-best safety in the nation by 247Sports... ESPN considers him the 12th-best player in the state and the No. 42 "athlete" in the country... Scout lists him No. 120 among safeties in the country... standout on the basketball hardwood as well.

OrTre Smith
WR • 6-4 • 210
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. (Wando)
Signed: Enrolled in January

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Graduated from Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, S.C. in December 2016 and enrolled at South Carolina in January... caught 37 passes for 448 yards and two touchdowns at wide receiver while totaling 29 tackles and an interception as the starting safety before missing the remainder of the 2016 season with an ankle injury, which required surgery... played for coach Jimmy Noonan... the Warriors posted an 8-4 record in his senior season... Named the Back of the Year by the South Carolina Football Coaches Association... was a finalist for the Mr. Football Award... selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... traveled to the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio but did not participate due to the injury... logged 84 catches for 1,364 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior and 28 receptions for 441 yards and four scores as a sophomore... Rivals rates him as the top player in the Palmetto State, the 15th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 104 overall... rated by 247Sports as the top player in the Palmetto State, the 15th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 86 overall... ESPN rates him as the second-best player in the state, the 36th-best wide receiver in the nation and No. 234 on the ESPN300 list... Scout considered him the 25th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 185 overall... mother, Tashia Greene, played volleyball at Clemson from 1989-90.

M.J. Webb
DL • 6-3 • 277
Rutledge, Ga. (Morgan County)
Signed: Enrolled in January

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Graduated from Morgan County (Madison, Ga.) High School in December 2016... joined the Gamecocks in time to go through bowl practices in Columbia... named the Georgia 3A Region 8 Player of the Year in 2016... helped the Bulldogs and head coach Bill Malone post an 8-3 record and a spot in the state playoffs in his senior season... recorded 77 tackles including a dozen tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks as a junior in 2015... played in the RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl following the 2015 season... considered the 21st-best player in the state, the 12th-best defensive tackle in the country and No. 200 overall by Rivals... rated as the 26th-best player in the state of Georgia, the 13th-best strongside defensive end in the country and No. 295 nationally overall by 247Sports... ESPN considers him the 28th-best player in the state of Georgia, the 16th-best defensive tackle in the country and No. 220 on the ESPN300 list... Scout rates him No. 52 among the nation's defensive tackles... interested in studying criminal justice.

Shi Smith
WR • 5-10 • 181
Union, S.C. (Union County)
Signed: 7:05 a.m.

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Prepped at Union (S.C.) County High School... helped the Yellowjackets post a 9-5 mark and reach the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs in his senior season... caught 47 passes for 609 yards and 10 touchdowns while being named the 4A Upper State Back of the Year... coached by Bradley Adams... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... caught 54 passes for 1,337 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior in 2015... Rivals rates as the second-best player in the state of South Carolina, the 34th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 205 overall... considered the second-best player in the state, the fourth-best "athlete" in the country and No. 159 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the best player in the state, the 16th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 107 overall by ESPN... rated as the 67th-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.

Damani Staley
LB • 6-1 • 205
Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View)
Signed: 7:05 a.m.

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Local product who set the school record with 29 sacks as a senior defensive end at Ridge View High School, breaking his own mark of 21, set as a junior in 2015... recorded at least two sacks in 12 of 13 games as a senior... registered 120 tackles overall... helped the Blazers to a 10-win season and a trip to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs... Played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... named The State's Defensive Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season and selected to the All-Midlands team... coached by Perry Parks... Rivals rates him as the 14th-best player in the state... considered the 20th-best player in the state and the 81st-best tight end in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the 18th-best player in South Carolina and the 78th-best outside linebacker in the country by ESPN... ranked as the 60th-best outside linebacker in the country by Scout... father, Duce Staley, was a standout at Carolina before embarking on an NFL career.

Eric Douglas
OL • 6-5 • 297
Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek)
Signed: 7:13 a.m.

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Eric Douglas II played offensive tackle at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte... helped the Mavericks to a 9-3 record and reached the second round of the state playoffs in his senior season... coached by Michael Palmieri... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... helped the Mavericks to the North Carolina 4AA state championship in 2015... Rivals rates him as the 21st-best player in the state of North Carolina, and the 60th-best offensive tackle in the nation... considered the 10th-best player in the state, the 35th-best offensive tackle in the country and No. 293 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the 26th-best player in North Carolina and the 75th-best offensive tackle in the country by ESPN... ranked 61st among senior offensive tackles in the country by Scout... father was a two-time all-conference player at South Carolina State.

Zay Brown
DB • 5-10 • 197
Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central)
Signed: 7:22 a.m.

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Prepped at Clarke Central High School in Athens, Ga... helped the Gladiators to a 7-5 record and reached the second round of the 5A state playoffs in his senior season... coached by David Perno... credited with 80 tackles and three interceptions in 2016... earned first team all-state honors by the Georgia Sports Writers Association... logged 78 tackles with six interceptions as a junior... played in the RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl following the 2015 season... Rivals rates him as the 97th-best player in the state of Georgia... considered the 180th-best player in the state and the 137th-best safety in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the 109th-best player in Georgia and the 77th-best safety in the country by ESPN... Scout rates him as the 108th-best safety in the nation.

Davonne Bowen
LB • 6-1 • 224
Simpsonville, S.C. (Woodmont)
Signed: 7:55 a.m.

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Played outside linebacker and defensive end at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, S.C... coached by Ned Cuthbertson... credited with 75 tackles, six sacks and a pair of interceptions as a senior in 2016... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... recorded 61 tackles including 14 sacks as a junior in 2015... Rivals rates him as the eighth-best player in the state of South Carolina and the 49th-best outside linebacker in the country... considered the fourth-best player in the state, the 16th-best outside linebacker in the country and No. 252 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the 14th-best player in South Carolina and the 65th-best defensive end in the country by ESPN... Scout considers him the 115th-best defensive end in the country... father, Tracy Bowen, was a standout running back who is a member of the Wingate Sports Hall of Fame.

Dennis Daley
OL • 6-6 • 309
Columbia, S.C. (Ridge View/Georgia Military)
Signed: 7:55 a.m.

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Local product who graduated from Ridge View High School in Columbia in 2015 before spending the past two seasons at Georgia Military College... two-year starter who played in 21 games at GMC... earned a spot on the junior college All-America first team following the 2016 campaign... helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 mark while averaging 46.2 points per game, fourth in the country, during his sophomore season... the Bulldogs finished the year ranked 14th in the country... Rivals rates him as the 39th-best player in the JUCO ranks... considered the sixth-best offensive tackle in the junior college ranks and No. 39 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the third-best junior college offensive tackle in the country and No. 18 overall among JUCO players by ESPN... local product who played left tackle and defensive end for the Ridge View Blazers... high school coach was Perry Parks... originally committed to the Gamecocks in January of 2015... will have three years to play two at South Carolina.

Will Register
TE • 6-4 • 236
Chapin, S.C. (Chapin)
Signed: 7:55 a.m.

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The first player to commit to the Gamecocks in the 2017 signing class... local product who played at Chapin (S.C.) High School... the Eagles went 11-3 and reached the Class AAAA state semifinal game in his senior season... coached by Justin Gentry... caught 24 passes for 251 yards... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... named the Class 4A Lower State Lineman of the Year... named to The State's All-Midlands team... Rivals rates him as the third-best player in the Palmetto State, and the 14th-best tight end in the country... considered the seventh-best player in the state and the 25th-best tight end in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the third-best player in the Palmetto State, the sixth-best Y-tight end in the country and No. 242 overall by ESPN... Scout considers him the 41st-best tight end in the nation.

Jay Urich
QB • 6-4 • 196
Greenville, S.C. (Wren)
Signed: 7:55 a.m.

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Played for the Wren Hurricanes in Piedmont, S.C... completed 58.1 percent of his passes during his senior season, going 183-for-315 for 2,055 yards... tossed 20 touchdowns while averaging 186.8 yards per game through the air... also rushed 183 times for 1,036 yards and 15 scores... averaged 5.7 yards per carry and 94.2 yards per game on the ground... coached by Jeff Tate... selected to play in the South Carolina North-South All-Star game following his senior season... threw for 2,758 yards with 21 touchdowns in 12 games as a junior in 2015... Rivals rates him as the fourth-best player in South Carolina, and the 14th-best dual-threat quarterback in the country... considered the 17th-best player in the state and the 19th-best dual-threat in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the 10th-best player in South Carolina and the 26th-pocket passer in the country by ESPN... considered the 54th-best quarterback in the nation by Scout.

Javon Kinlaw
DL • 6-6 • 340
Charleston, S.C. (Goose Creek/Jones County J.C.)
Signed: 10:35 a.m.

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Defensive tackle who spent the past season at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss... coached by Steve Buckley... the Bobcats posted a 6-3 ledger in 2016... named second-team All-America, first-team All-Region 23 and first-team All-MACJC... also named the MACJC South Division's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman after recording 26 tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks... Rivals considers him the 27th-best JUCO prospect in the country... 247Sports rates him as the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in JUCO ranks and the seventh-best JUCO recruit overall... Scout considers him the No. 16 JUCO prospect in the nation... graduated from Goose Creek (S.C.) High School in 2016... will have four years to play three at South Carolina.

Keisean Nixon
DB • 5-10 • 192
Compton, Calif. (Salesian/Arizona Western)
Signed: 10:35 a.m.

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Junior college transfer who spent the past two seasons at Arizona Western College in Yuma... played cornerback and was used as a kick returner by head coach Tom Minnick... the Matadors finished the 2016 season with an 11-1 record and ranked third in the final NJCAA rankings, with their only loss coming in the national championship game to Garden City (Kan.)... earned second-team All-America honors after recording 30 tackles with six interceptions, returning two for scores, and five pass breakups in 2016... averaged 42.0 yards on nine kickoff returns, with two touchdowns... was named the NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week after logging 316 return yards, including back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns, against Mesa... collected 36 tackles with five interceptions and four pass breakups as a freshman in 2015... considered the 25th-best junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals... ranked at the nation's No. 34 overall junior college prospect and the No. 3 JUCO cornerback by 247Sports... rated as the third-best JUCO cornerback and the 10th-best junior college player overall by ESPN... considered the fifth-best cornerback and the 23rd-best junior college player overall by Scout... will have three years to play two at South Carolina.

Aaron Sterling
DL • 6-2 • 238
Atlanta, Ga. (Tucker)
Signed: 10:53 a.m.

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Defensive tackle who prepped at Tucker High School in Georgia... the Tigers posted a 13-2 record and reached the state AAAAAA Championship game in his senior season... earned first team all-state honors by the Georgia Sports Writers Association... coached by Bryan Lamar... participated in the UnderArmour All-America Game in Orlando following his senior season... Rivals considers him the 23rd-best player in the Peach State and the 14th-best defensive tackle in the country... ranked as the 93rd-best player in the state of Georgia and the 45th-best strongside defensive end in the country by 247Sports... ESPN considers him the 26th-best player in the state, the 15th-best defensive tackle in the nation and No. 210 overall... Scout rates him as the 47th-best defensive end in the nation.

Chad Terrell
WR • 6-2 • 208
Bogue Chitto, Miss. (North Paulding)
Signed: 10:53 a.m.

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Prepped at North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga... helped the Wolfpack to a 7-4 mark and a spot in the 7A state playoffs in his senior season... registered 64 receptions for 1,236 yards and 17 touchdowns... earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association... coached by Scott Jones... collected 115 receptions for 2,062 yards and 27 touchdowns during his prep career... Rivals rates him as the 18th-best player in the state of Georgia, the 32nd-best wide receiver in the country and No. 194 overall... considered the 31st-best player in the state, the 42nd-best wide receiver in the country and No. 331 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the 58th-best player in Georgia and the 85th-best wide receiver in the country by ESPN... considered the 60th-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.

Sherrod Greene
LB • 6-1 • 221
Rocky Mount, N.C. (Rocky Mount)
Signed: 10:58 a.m.

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Prepped at Rocky Mount (N.C.) High School... helped the Gryphons to a 13-3 record in his senior season and a spot in the North Carolina Class 3A state championship game... logged 96 tackles and a pair of interceptions... the Gryphons went 14-2 and were crowned state champions during his junior campaign in which he was credited with 154 tackles and five sacks... coached by Jason Battle... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... Rivals rates him as the 13th-best player in North Carolina, and the 16th-best inside linebacker in the country... considered the 14th-best player in the state, the 21st-best outside linebacker in the country and No. 363 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the 23rd-best player in North Carolina and the 24th-best inside linebacker in the country by ESPN... Scout rates him as the 23rd-best inside linebacker in the nation... also played basketball.

Tavyn Jackson
DB • 5-11 • 177
Tallahassee, Fla. (Rickards)
Signed: 10:58 a.m.

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Prepped at James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Fla... helped the Raiders to a 10-2 record and the third round of the Class 5A playoffs as a senior... logged 76 tackles and four interceptions... earned first-team all-state honors... coached by Quintin Lewis... collected 58 tackles and 15 pass breakups as a junior... Rivals rates him as the 70th-best cornerback in the nation... considered the 112th-best player in the state of Florida and the 88th-best cornerback in the country by 247Sports... ranked as the 98th-best cornerback in the country by ESPN... rated as the 66th-best cornerback in the nation by Scout.

Jordan Rhodes
OL • 6-5 • 318
Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)
Signed: 10:58 a.m.

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Coached by Will Rogers at Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga... did not play football until his junior year of high school and only had one season of game experience... was a unanimous selection by the coaches to the all-region team as a left tackle following his senior season... the Seminoles posted a 5-5 mark in 2016... grew up playing basketball... considered the 133rd-best player in Georgia and the 113th-best offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports... rated the 85th-best offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.

Eldridge Thompson
LB • 6-1 • 191
Houston, Texas (White Station/Coffeyville C.C.)
Signed: 10:58 a.m.

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Junior college transfer from Coffeyville (Kan.) C.C... hampered during the 2016 campaign with a shoulder injury... led the Red Ravens in tackles and ranked fourth in the conference in 2015 with 102, averaging over nine per game, including six games of double-digit tackles... added three sacks, an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown while earning honorable mention all-conference accolades... redshirted during the 2014 season... coached by Aaron Flores... graduated in 2014 from White Station High School in Memphis, Tenn... played for Joe Rocconi... played wide receiver and safety in high school... helped his team reach the state semifinals in Class 6A as a senior in 2013... Rivals rates him as the 89th-best junior college player in the country... considered the third-best junior college outside linebacker and the 97th-ranked JUCO player overall by 247Sports... ranked as the seventh-best JUCO outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.

Jordon Carty
OL • 6-7 • 299
Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (South Broward)
Signed: 12:13 p.m.

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Played offensive tackle for South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla... the Bulldogs posted a 6-3 mark in Class 7A during his senior season... Rivals ranks him as the 82nd-best player in the state of Florida and the 68th-best offensive tackle in the country... ranked as the 187th-best player in Florida and the 114th-best offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports... Scout rates him as the 59th-best offensive tackle in the nation.

Brad Johnson
DL • 6-4 • 230
Pendleton, S.C. (Pendleton)
Signed: 2:18 p.m.

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Played both defensive end and running back at Pendleton (S.C.) High School... coached by Paul Sutherland... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas following his senior season... Rivals ranks him as the fifth-best player in the state and the 28th-best weakside defensive end in the country... considered the third-best player in the Palmetto State, the 16th-best weakside defensive end in the country and No. 219 overall by 247Sports... ESPN rates him as the seventh-best player in the state and the 38th-best defensive end in the nation... Scout rates him as the 14th-best inside linebacker in the country.

Jamyest Williams
DB • 5-9 • 174
Athens, Ga. (Grayson)
Signed:

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Prepped at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga... played for head coach Jeff Herron... the Rams posted a 14-1 record in his senior season while earning the Georgia Class 7A state title in 2016 after reaching the state semifinals in 2015... named first-team all-state by the Georgia Sports Writers Association... played in the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando Fla., following his senior season... played in the RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl following the 2015 season... Rivals rates him the 13th-best player in the state of Georgia, the 12th-best "athlete" in the country and No. 159 overall... considered the ninth-best player in the state, the 12th-best cornerback in the country and No. 87 overall by 247Sports... ranked as the fourth-best player in Georgia, the third-best cornerback in the country and the No. 39 player overall by ESPN... rated as the fifth-best "athlete" in the country and No. 86 overall by Scout.

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