It’s not a great year for talent at USC and its’ not a poor year rather the ’10 class of Gamecock seniors hold a large degree of upside potential.  If met there will be a number of top 120 picks from the program.

Tori Gurley is a nice sized receiver that shows a sense of timing, gets vertical and extends or contorts in midair to make the reception.  He settles into the open spot of the defense to make himself an available target and displays good eye/hand coordination.   His game possesses minimal quickness and speed.

Jason Barnes is a nice sized target with a developing game.  He needs to take the next step but must be charted.

Jarriel King has been a frustrating prospect to watch.  In ’08 he displayed himself to be a terrific pass protector, outplaying the then highly rated Jamon Meredith.  King moves very well on his feet, consistently bends his knees and gets terrific leverage on defenders.  He possesses better-than-average footwork sliding out to protect the edge, stays square and is a solid position blocker.  Last year though King looked off his game.  Inconsistent, he lacked balance, strength and at times looked lost.  He has the skills to be used in a zone blocking scheme but must really get his groove back on the field.

Weslye Saunders is a king sized tight end who looks like a tackle on the field.  Strong, he controls defenders blocking and uses his large frame as an advantage to outmuscle opponents as a pass catcher.  Saunders is an above average athlete but   really nothing more than short range pass catching target.  He’s part of the recent ongoing NFL probe into players receiving favors from advisers and agents.  He’s also an intriguing prospect.  Though not Jason Peters, the comparison is inevitable.

Cliff Matthews is a player we like and someone we feel has the ability to shoot up draft boards.  Matthews is a terrific athlete that displays speed up the field or laterally.  He uses his hands to protect himself, immediately alters his angle of attack and covers a lot of area on the field.  Matthews lacks natural bulk and will be out positioned by blockers.  In many ways he reminds us of a poor mans John Abraham.

Chris Culliver is an athletic defensive back who plays with an aggressive nature.  Very quick up the field to defend screen plays, he shows a burst of straight-line speed and a nice move to the ball.

Ladi Ajiboye is an explosive one-gap tackle that fires off the snap with a terrific first step, slices through the small gaps of the defense or quickly changes direction to pursue the action down the line.   He lacks bulk and will be handled at the point.  Ajiboye missed part of last season with injuries yet is someone we’ve kept an eye on for a number of seasons now.

South Carolina Pro-Prospects

Round Full Name Pos Number Year
4th Cliff Matthews DE 83 5Sr
5th Tori Gurley WR 81 3So
5th Jarriel King T 76 5Sr
5th Chris Culliver S 17 5Sr
5-6 Jason Barnes WR 4 4Jr
5-6 Weslye Saunders TE 88 4Sr
6th Ladi Ajiboye DT 91 5Sr
FA Stephen Garcia QB 5 4Jr
FA Quintin Richardson G 72 4Jr
FA Patrick DiMarco FB 47 4Sr

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