Will Muschamp’s program has already gotten off to a terrific start building up South Carolina’s 2020 recruiting class but more elite prospects are needed if the Gamecocks are going to climb into the top 10 and possible reach top 5 status.

While some may think that talk is premature, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect Jordan Burch resides in Columbia and the Gamecocks are among his leading contenders. South Carolina is currently trending for four-star running back Tank Bigsby and four-star defensive linemen Alex Huntley and Myles Murphy and the latest good news on the trail comes from the top prospect from the state of Tennessee, Reggie Grimes Jr.

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The son of former Alabama defender Reggie Grimes, the younger Grimes will be in Columbia for his first official visit this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Grimes ranks as the nation’s No. 31 overall prospect, the No. 3 weakside defensive end and Tennessee’s top recruit in the 2020 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was previously a five-star prospect but is now listed just outside that range as a high-end four-star recruit.

In addition to South Carolina, Grimes is being heavily recruited by Alabama and Tennessee in the SEC.

Grimes announced the news on Thursday:


The Gamecocks currently have the nation’s No. 12 recruiting class despite only holding pledges from eight prospects. The class is currently ranked No. 5 in the SEC.

To get an idea of what Grimes could potentially bring to Muschamp’s defense in Columbia, check out his junior season highlight reel: