South Carolina recruiting needs

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

With assistant coaches coming and going the way they have the last month or so at South Carolina, it's been dizzying just keeping up with who's in and who's out.

That said, the Gamecocks' recruiting efforts have rolled right along, which is a tribute to new recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer, who was promoted to that position after David Reaves left for Tennessee.

One of South Carolina's most pressing needs is defensive back help, both at cornerback and safety. The Gamecocks lost cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Emanuel Cook early to the NFL draft and weren't anticipating losing either one of those players this time a year ago. Senior cornerbacks Carlos Thomas and Stoney Woodson are also gone.

Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman, high school teammates from Rock Hill, S.C., are both big-time defensive back prospects who are already enrolled in school and will go through spring practice. Gilmore will compete right away for a starting cornerback job, while Holloman is a safety prospect.

When Steve Spurrier's offenses have been at their best, they've always included an explosive running back who could run away from defenses. The Gamecocks didn't have that last season, but hope Jarvis Giles of Tampa, Fla., can fill that need. Giles, who had initially committed to Tennessee before Phillip Fulmer was fired, is one of six signees already enrolled in school. And like Gilmore and Holliman, he will also be able to participate in spring practice.

There's still a big need at quarterback, especially with Chris Smelley leaving the program to play baseball at Alabama. The Gamecocks aren't going to sign a quarterback in this class just to be signing one, but are looking hard to see what's out there.

One of the big remaining targets for South Carolina is highly touted receiver Alshon Jeffery of St. Matthews, S.C. Jeffery is committed to Southern California, but is still taking visits. He's rated among the Top 15 receiver prospects in the country by ESPN's Scouts Inc.