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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says his program has more to offer than ever before.

And the coach cashed in on Wednesday, landing a consensus top-20 class of recruits.

The group of 25 is led by the state of South Carolina's "Mr. Football," receiver Shaq Roland of Lexington High. It's the fourth straight year Spurrier's signed the player who won the state's top honor following cornerback Stephon Gilmore in 2009, tailback Marcus Lattimore in 2010 and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney last winter.

Spurrier was glad to build off the improvements of the past few season that included the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title in 2010 and an 11-win season this fall for first time ever.

Spurrier said the Gamecocks will try and accomplish more with the newest class.

 


 

Bios - Provided by University of South Carolina Media Relations

Kelvin Rainey • TE • 6-3 • 216 LBS

School: Yulee, Fla. (Yulee)

Kevin Rainey is a versatile athlete who was recruited as a tight end... enrolled at Carolina in January 2012...haulded in 85 passes for over 1,500 yards in his three-year prep career... rushed 59 times for 506 yards and four touchdowns and caught six passes for 85 yards in a run-oriented offense as a senior at Yulee (Fla.) High School in 2011... added 87 tackles on defense with three interceptions... coached by Bobby Ramsay... helped the Hornets reach the second round of Florida 4A state playoffs... team finished with an 8-4 record... selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-America Game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Brock Stadnik • OT • 6-5 • 287 LBS

School: Greensboro, N.C. (Western Guilford)

Brock Stadnik enrolled at Carolina in January 2012...coached by Chris Causey at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C... squad lost in the first round of the North Carolina 4A state playoffs and finished the season with a 4-7 record... was a 2012 UnderArmour All-American Game selection and 2011 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas selection... named to the PARADE All-America team... was an all-conference and all-state selection as a junior... is a four-star prospect, the seventh-best player in the state, and the 36th-best offensive tackle in the country according to Rivals.com... was a four-star recruit, the 18th-best tackle in the country and the 129th-best player overall according to Scout.com.

Clayton Stadnik • OC • 6-2 • 265 LBS

School: Greensboro, N.C. (Western Guilford)

Clayton Stadnik enrolled at Carolina in January 2012... coached by Chris Causey at Western Guilford High in Greensboro, N.C... squad lost in the first round of the North Carolina 4A state playoffs and finished the season with a 4-7 record... played right tackle as a junior before making the switch to center... has also played left guard... rated among the Top 40 players in North Carolina by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer... a three-star recruit and the nation's 18th-best center according to Rivals.com... a three-star recruit and the nation's 11th-best center as rated by Scout.com.

Jerell Adams • TE • 6-6 • 224 LBS

School: Pinewood, S.C. (Scott's Branch/Fork Union)

Jerell D. Adams spent the fall of 2011 in prep school at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after originally signing with the Gamecocks in February 2011... played for John Shuman... considered a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com, and a three-star prospect by ESPN.com... played quarterback, tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter in football and was a power forward on the basketball team at Scott's Branch High School in Summerton, S.C... led the Eagles to the 1A Division II state title as a senior.

 

T.J. Holloman • LB • 6-2 • 209 LBS

School: Atlanta, Ga. (St. Pius X)

T.J. Holloman was coached by Paul Standard at St. Pius X Catholic School in Atlanta... team went 12-1 in his senior season... racked up 48 tackles and four interceptions as a junior... played quarterback for half a season and threw for 500 yards and rushed for 430 more... also ran track... was a three-star prospect, the 60th-best player in the state of Georgia and the nation's 63rd-best outside linebacker by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 90th-best outside linebacker by Scout.com... a three-star recruit, the 60th-best outside linebacker and the 63rd-best player in the state according to ESPN.com.

T.J. Gurley • SAF • 5-10 • 183 LBS

School: Atlanta, Ga. (St. Pius X)

T.J. Gurley earned Class AAA all-region and all-state honors as a senior defensive back at Cairo (Ga.) High School... three-year varsity starter who recorded 82 tackles and four interceptions in his senior season for the Syrupmakers... coached by Tom Fallow... team went 11-3 in 2011 after a 12-1 season in 2010... earned first team all-area and all-region and honorable mention all-state honors as a junior... participated in the RisingSeniors.com junior all-star game... was a three-star prospect, the 44th-best cornerback and the 70th-best player in the state by Rivals.com.

Jody Fuller • WR • 5-11 • 201 LBS

School: Monroe, N.C. (Sun Valley)

Jody Fuller hauled in 68 passes for 825 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior season at Sun Valley High School in Monroe, N.C... was a 2011 Shrine Bowl selection and also played in the 2011 Offense-Defense All-Star Game... logged 77 catches for 850 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior... collected 175 receptions for 2,175 yards and 33 scores in his final three prep seasons... was a four-star prospect, the 230th-best player in the country, the eighth-best player in the state and the 37th-best wide receiver by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 71st-best wide receiver by Scout.com.

Rico McWilliams • CB • 5-11 • 172 LBS

School: Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy)

Rico McWilliams earned AAAA first-team all-state honors at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. as a senior... coached by Al Hughes... helped his team to a 14-1 record as a senior and a spot in the state title game and was 24-2 over his last two seasons... named to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl... named to the AJC All-Area team... finished his final season with 40 tackles and two interceptions, along with 12 receptions for 301 yards on offense... had 35 tackles and a pair of interceptions as a junior... and named one of Clayton Country's "Fantastic Four" prior to his senior season.

Chaz Elder • CB • 6-2 • 187 LBS

School: College Park, Ga. (Banneker)

Chaz Elder logged 83 tackles with two interceptions as a senior defensive back at Banneker High School in College Park, Ga... coached by Marquis Slaton... team finished 6-4 in his senior season... played in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. following his senior season... named to the AJC All-District team... named one of Fulton County's "Fantastic Four"... was a four-star prospect, the 15th-best safety and the 22nd-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... was a three-star prospect and the nation's 45th-best safety by Scout.com.

 

Kendric Salley • RB • 5-9 • 205 LBS

School: Williston, S.C. (Williston Elko)

Kendric Salley rushed for over 5,000 yards and 90 touchdowns during his prep career at Williston-Elko High School... coached by Dwayne Garrick... partially tore his ACL during his senior season and underwent surgery in December 2011.... still rushed for 1,198 yards and 21 touchdowns on 139 carries as a senior... was a third-team junior All-American by ESPNHS after rushing for 2,151 yards and 39 scores... carried for 1,958 yards and 30 TDs as a sophomore... earned all-state honors as both a sophomore and junior... led his team to the Class A state championship as a sophomore and to the state finals as a junior.

Brendan Nosovitch • QB • 6-1 • 210 LBS

School: Allenton, Pa. (Central Catholic)

Brendan Nosovitch won the Maxwell Football Club's first Pennsylvania Player of the Year award and was named to the PARADE All-America football team following his senior season... is the state's career record-holder with 12,877 total yards and second all-time in the state in passing yards (9,249) and touchdown passes (106)... led Central Catholic to a state title as a junior and reached the PIAA Class 3A state semifinals as a senior... threw for 3,809 yards and 39 touchdowns and rushed for 852 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior... rushed for 1,647 yards and 25 touchdowns and threw for 3,112 yards and 43 scores as a junior.

Nick St. Germain • PK • 5-9 • 182 LBS

School: Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern)

Nicholas St. Germain becomes the first recruited scholarship placekicker at South Carolina since Ryan Succop... converted 11-of-17 field goals as a senior at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., with a long of 49 yards... career best is a 54-yard field goal... averaged 68 yards per kickoff... named to the AJC All-Area team... coached by Kyle Hockman... team was 10-2 in both his junior and senior seasons... over the past two seasons he connected on 20 field goals and totaled 121 touchbacks on kickoffs... was the Class AAAAA Associated Press 2010 first-team All-State kicker.

 Darius English • DE • 6-6 • 215 LBS

School: Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern)

Darius English won Georgia's AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year honors by the AJC after a 21-sack senior season at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga... coached by Kyle Hockman... squad went 10-2 in his senior season... named to the PARADE All-America team... also plays basketball... was a three-star prospect, the 22nd-best weakside defensive end and 15th-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 46th-best defensive end by Scout.com... a three-star recruit, the 47th-best defensive end and the 41st-best player in the state according to ESPN.com.

 Joe Harris • OG • 6-4 • 309 LBS

School: Lithonia, Ga. (Lithonia)

Joe Harris was coached by Marcus Jelks at Lithonia (Ga.) High School... selected to play in the USA vs. the World All-Star game in Texas following the season... named to the Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... also was on the basketball and wrestling teams... was a four-star prospect, the 13th-best guard and the 16th-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... rated a four-star prospect and the nation's 14th-best offensive guard and the 263rd-best player overall by Scout.com... a four-star recruit, the 18th-best guard and the 24th-best player in the state according to ESPN.com.

 

Mason Zandi • OT • 6-9 • 266 LBS

School: Chapin, S.C. (Chapin)

Mason Zandi played for the Chapin (S.C.) Eagles... team went 4-6 in his senior season... played on the defensive line most of his career... competed for just one season on the offensive line... also served as the team's punter... competed in the shot put and discus events during the track & field season... was the state 3A champion in the shot put as a junior... was a two-star prospect by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 102nd-best offensive tackle by Scout.com.

Kwinton Smith • WR • 6-4 • 206 LBS

School: Dillon, S.C. (Dillon)

Kwinton Smith logged 34 receptions for 564 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior and 42 catches for 809 yards and 15 scores as a junior at Dillon (S.C.) High School...coached by Jackie Hayes... played in the Shrine Bowl and in the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Arlington, Texas... was all-region in both football and baseball... has considered being a two-sport athlete at South Carolina... selected to the Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... earned the Jordan Lyles Three-Sport Athlete Award... was a three-star prospect, the sixth-best player in the state and the 51st-best wide receiver by Rivals.com.

Chris Moody • CB • 6-1 • 208 LBS

School: McDonough, Ga. (Henry County)

Chris Moody played quarterback and defensive back for Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga... coached by Mike Rozier... recruited as an athlete who could play cornerback or safety and could be used in the Wildcat offense... was a first-team AAAAA All-State selection and the Henry County Player of the Year as a senior... led the Warhawks to an 8-4 record... rushed for 1,064 yards and passed for 1,475 yards on offense while accounting for 22 touchdowns... also logged 25 tackles with a couple of interceptions on the defensive side of the ball... played in the annual GACA North vs. South All-Star Game following the season.

Kyle Fleetwood • SAF • 5-11 • 199 LBS

School: Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Kyle Fleetwood is a versatile player who led his region with a school record seven interceptions at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga... also logged 49 tackles and 11 pass break ups... the Jaguars went 9-2 in 2011... earned AAAAA all-state honors as a senior... named to the AJC All-Area team... coached by Ron Gartrell... racked up 43 tackles and three interceptions during his junior season while playing for Parkview High in Lilburn, Ga... was a three-star prospect, the 38th-best safety and the 47th-best player in the state by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 48th-best safety by Scout.com.

Jhaustin Thomas • DE • 6-5 • 229 LBS

School: Decatur, Ga. (Columbia)

Jhaustin Thomas was a two-sport standout at Columbia High in Decatur, Ga... coached by Mario Allen in football... team went 6-5 in his senior season and 6-4 during his junior campaign... as a junior, made 83 tackles with 13 sacks... also played basketball where he averaged a double-double on the hardwood... helped his team to back-to-back state titles in hoops... has considered playing both sports in college... was a three-star prospect, the nation's 43rd-best strongside defensive end and the 73rd-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 86th-best defensive end by Scout.com.

Shaq Roland • WR • 6-1 • 173 LBS

School: Lexington, S.C. (Lexington)

Shaq Roland was named to the annual PARADE magazine 53-man All-America team... coached at Lexington (S.C.) High School by Scott Earley... played receiver and also directed the Wildcat offense... helped his squad to an undefeated regular season and an 11-1 record overall in his final campaign... led the Wildcats with nearly 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior... named Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina... named the Offensive MVP in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after leading the Sandlappers in receiving yards and scoring two touchdowns.

Cody Waldrop • OG • 6-2 • 300 LBS

School: Seffner, Fla. (Armwood)

Cody Waldrop is an interior offensive lineman who could play either guard or center... was a three-time All-State selection at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla... coached by Sean Callahan... helped the Hawks to a 15-0 record and a Class 6A state title as a senior... team finished third nationally in USA Today's Super 25 poll... first-team All-Hillsborough County as a junior, according to the Tampa Tribune... named to the Super 75 by the Florida Times-Union... selected to the 2011 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... ranked 36th among the Gainesville Sun Florida's Top 50 prospects.

Mike Davis • RB • 5-9 • 216 LBS

School: Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Mike Davis rushed for 1,923 yards and 21 touchdowns on 213 carries as a senior at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga... team went 9-2... also rushed for over 1,000 yards, including an eight-yard average, and 10 touchdowns as junior... rushed 42 times for 368 yards and four scores as a sophomore... coached by Ron Gartrell... played in the U.S. Army All-American Game following his senior season... named to the AAAAA All-State team by the AJC and selected to the 2011 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register.

Jordan Diggs • SPR • 6-0 • 197 LBS

School: Cape Coral, Fla. (Island Coast)

Jordan Diggs is a candidate to play the Spur position at South Carolina... collected 63 tackles during his senior campaign at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Fla... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game following the season... named to the Super 75 list by the Florida Times-Union and to the Super 120 by the Mobile (Ala.) Register... as a junior, logged 53 solo tackles, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and a sack... also played quarterback in the wildcat offense and scored twice... as a receiver, caught 11 passes for 103 yards... earned first-team All-Area accolades by the News-Press.

Carlos Hood • DT • 6-2 • 262 LBS

School: Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Carlos Hood battled injuries during the early part of his senior season but finished strong... recorded 43 tackles including three sacks and three fumble recoveries for a team that went 9-2... selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Game in Arlington, Texas... coached by Ron Gartrell... logged 65 tackles with four sacks in 2010... played in the RisingSeniors.com All-Star game as a junior... was a three-star prospect, the state's 53rd-best player and the 46th-best defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com... rated a three-star prospect and the nation's 45th-best defensive tackle by Scout.com.

Kaiwan Lewis • LB • 6-0 • 225 LBS

School: Hammonton, N.J. (St. Joseph)

Kaiwan Lewis earned all-state honors after helping St. Joseph (Hammonton, N.J.) to an undefeated state championship season... coached by Paul Sacco... the St. Joe's defense allowed just 19 points all season... played both defensive end and linebacker... was in on 54 tackles and three fumble recoveries... participated in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Texas... finished his junior season with 80 tackles, 10 sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one blocked punt and one interception for a touchdown, earning third-team All-State honors... also tabbed first-team All-Area by the Atlantic City Press.

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