Last night, Coach Crowe identified 11 newcomers ready to make an impact:
Junior Hough (pronounced Huff), CB: When you look up "baller" in the dictionairy, it has Hough's picture.
Sean Broughton, DB: Hough's Lovejoy teammate. When I asked an insider about Hough, he told me that Broughton might be even better.
Buster Pope, RB: Washaun Ealey may not be the best running back on the Gamecock roster. I said "may."
Martez House, DL: A Florida boy that the Gamecocks signed late in the 2011 signing class. He could start.
Markis Merrill, WR: An SEC wide receiver playing in an FCS program.
Erik Butler, DL: The Cocks found a diamond in the rough in this very tall DL. Wonder if he could play power forward on the basketball team.
Leon Jones, LB: A highly touted linebacker from Madison, Alabama that is apparently impressing as a true freshman.
Luke Smith, TE: This recently added transfer from Fort Myers, Florida is turning heads.
Hamish Macinnes, P: To paraphrase Pulp Fiction, what's a brother going to do, he's Australian. Washaun Ealey's interview of Macinnes is priceless. Best exchange: Ealey: Who is your favorite player on the Gamecocks? Macinnes: Not you.
Jordan Jackson, DL: If memory serves, he was listed as a tight end last year. A very athletic player from Tallahassee.
Dalton Screws, WR: The Wellborn product contineus to impress.