Gamecocks win the recruiting weekend, Ole Miss, Vandy also add commits


If an SEC program could do this every weekend, it would be one whale of a recruiting class.

South Carolina’s coaching staff must be sipping coffee and grinning this morning after landing a top 10 junior college talent that some had heading to Ohio State, as well as a national top 150 high school prospect that Alabama, Georgia and dreaded rival Clemson also wanted badly.

All in a weekend’s work? That “work” moved South Carolina up 13 spots in the national team rankings to No. 11.

The prep DB is Mark Fields from the greater Charlotte (N.C.) area. He is 5-foot-11, 185 with 4.55 second speed in the 40 yard dash. Another strong point is he’s the No. 4 overall prospect out of North Carolina and No. 115 in the nation … another coveted prospect snagged from ACC territory. The junior college prospect Paris Palmer, rated the No. 10 overall JUCO prospect in America. He is out of Lackawanna Community College in Pennsylvania, but he’s originally from North Carolina.

Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State and Miami had also offered Palmer, 6-foot-8, 305-pound offensive tackle.

  • Vanderbilt added its first commitment for 2015 and obviously it’s first one of the class for new head coach Derek Mason. Running back Josh Crawford (5-11/215) out of Alabama. The Commodores once had 2015 commitments on board, but they decommitted after the coaching change.
  • Three-star cornerback Ugo Amadi came aboard with Ole Miss, also. He is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback out of Nashville (Tenn.). He is the fourth commitment for Ole Miss in the 2015 class.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.

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  • Great weekend for USC! Top 10 JUCO and Top 150 DB are good pickups. Things are looking good so far when these two are added to Blackshear, Pittman, and the two WRs.

  • Blackshear is a 2015 commit. A long time till he actually signs

    • All of them are 2015 commits. No doubt they will all continue to hear from other schools and “commit” doesn’t mean all that it sounds like, but at this point we are sitting pretty good. Continued commitments from other top players will only help and have a domino effect with people seeing the good things going on and wanting to join the party.

      • Kids do change their minds, true. Arden Key did. But I’d say at least 90 percent hang in there (unless there’s a coaching change fiasco like at Vandy, where I think 7 of the 20 left).

        • Thank goodness Blackshear is an instate recruit! One from Fayetteville &the other has S.C.TIES! All n all a great weekend. And Spurrier can make a 3 ☆ recruit look like a 5 ☆ !! Everett Sands excelled!


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