With early signing day for the 2021 class in the rear view mirror, It is almost time to focus completely on the 2022 class.
While the 2021 class was a major disappointment and below the South Carolina standard (ranked 100th nationally by 247sports), the 2022 class has potential to be a very good one for Shane Beamer and the new coaching staff.
With a brand new staff still being built, there are a ton of unknowns about this recruiting class, but below are some prospects that have already shown interest in South Carolina.
Let’s take a look at a few potential recruits for the 2022 cycle.
Jaleel Skinner, TE
#99 Overall Recruit; #2 Tight End
Others Involved: Clemson, Florida, Florida State
Skinner is a 6”5’ 210 pound prospect from Greer, South Carolina. He was once considered a wide receiver prospect, but most coaches think he will translate better as a tight end at the next level.
Skinner has already given South Carolina an unofficial visit back in January of 2019. His crystal ball is currently 100% in favor of Clemson, but with a new coaching staff at South Carolina it will be interesting to see if his opinion on the Gamecocks is boosted.
Coach Beamer has said that in-state recruiting will be a priority, I expect the staff to make a run at Skinner.
Kamari Wilson, S
#21 Overall Recruit; #2 Safety
Others Involved: Florida, LSU, Miami
Wilson is a five star prospect from IMG Academy in Florida. He has the prototypical build for a safety, standing at 6”1’ 195 pounds, and will likely add 10-15 more pounds at the next level.
Carolina has had trouble landing recruits from IMG in the past, but Shane Beamer and his staff of recruiters might be able to get their foot in the door more often.
Wilson was on campus for a South Carolina game last season, and if Beamer is able to get him back on campus next year, the Gamecocks should be right in the thick of things for his services.
Tevin White, RB
#143 Overall Recruit; #12 Running Back
Others Involved: Penn State, Georgia, Arizona State, Tennessee
Tevin White is a 6”1’ 190 pound back who should also look to add 15-20 pounds in a college nutrition program.
White is from Stafford, Virginia, which is part of the “DMV” area that Shane Beamer is familiar with and has recruited for a long time. The Gamecocks were included in his top six schools that he released back in October of 2020.
His current crystal ball is 100% for Penn State, but like all the rest of these recruits, a new staff gives new optimism for landing him. Getting White on campus for a visit next season would go a long way.
Azareyeh Thomas, ATH
#94 Overall Recruit; #9 Athlete
Others Involved: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Michigan
Thomas may seem like a longshot, like many others on this list. But as of now, South Carolina and FSU have the most interest from the prospect according to 247Sports.
Thomas is a do-it-all type of player at the high school level and will likely settle in as a safety when he gets to college. He also plays basketball and runs track, and his pure athletic ability is as good as it gets.
Thomas is from Niceville, Florida, and has a brother who is currently a star defensive back at Georgia Tech. At the moment, there are no crystal balls in for Azareyeh.
Eli Hall, DE
#260 Overall Recruit; #15 Strongside Defensive End
Others Involved: Georgia Tech, Auburn, Minnesota, Georgia
Hall is a 6”4’ 250 pound defensive line prospect from Shelby, North Carolina. Hall has spoken highly of South Carolina in the past, and the Gamecocks should be right in the mix as long as the new staff decides to continue recruiting him.
South Carolina has recruited the state of North Carolina well for quite some time, and especially defensive line prospects.
Hall would be another big time get from north of the border, joining prospects like Rick Sandidge, Mo Kaba, and Jovaughn Gwyn from the Tar Heel state.
Jaylen Sneed, OLB
#78 Overall Recruit; #5 Outside Linebacker
Others Involved: Michigan, Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida
100% committed🪓💙 pic.twitter.com/Faw6ez7Xab— Jaylen “Nuke” Sneed (@sneed_jaylen) October 6, 2020
Sneed is a Hilton Head, South Carolina native who has turned into a national recruit. He is 6”2’ 215 pounds and is considered one of the best linebacker recruits in the country for the 2022 cycle.
Sneed visited South Carolina for the Auburn game last season and had good things to say about the Carolina program.
It will be a tough task to keep a recruit of this caliber away from some of the national powers that are after him, but Shane Beamer and co. should do everything they can to do so.
Gunner Stockton, QB
#28 Overall, #1 Dual Threat Quarterback
Committed: South Carolina
There’s no doubt fans are more than familiar with the highly touted Stockton from the Peach State.
Gunner Stockton became the highest rated quarterback commitment of all time to South Carolina, when he made his announcement last fall.
He’s a guy that could be that “program changer” type player for Shane Beamer and company and will be the undisputed leader of the 2022 class.
Keeping Mike Bobo on staff should help tremendously, as well as Connor Shaw, who he cites as someone he looks up to and a big reason he actually grew up a South Carolina fan.
With all due respect to all other prospects, keeping Stockton on board should and will be Shane Beamer’s number one priority for the 2022 signing class.