South Carolina football: Felix Hixon, Emory Floyd commit to Gamecocks

Helmets of the South Carolina Gamecocks. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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South Carolina football continues recruiting success.

The South Carolina football program has been hot on the recruiting trail over the last few weeks, with head coach Shane Beamer helping the Gamecocks secure 10 commitments since June 20th. The momentum continued over the Fourth of July holiday, as the team was able to pull pledges from two defensive standouts out of the Peach State this past weekend.

Felix Hixon, a defensive lineman out of Jackson, Georgia, made his commitment to the program on Monday, while safety Emory Floyd of Powder Springs, made his pledge public two days earlier.

Floyd is a four-star prospect, and a top 250 player according to Rivals. He’s rated as the nation’s 16th-best safety, becoming the sixth defensive back in the Gamecocks’ 2022 recruiting class. Floyd was widely considered to be an Auburn lean, but the South Carolina coaching staff was able to get him on campus last month. The visit apparently gave Floyd something to think about, as he chose the Gamecocks over the Tigers, Georgia, and Florida.

The defender credits his commitment to his relationship with Torrian Gray, whom Floyd called the best defensive backs coach in college football.

South Carolina was then able to add Hixon to the mix on Monday, with the three-star defensive tackle pulling the trigger for the Gamecocks over other finalists Georgia Tech, Illinois, Virginia, and Wisconsin. He also fielded offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, FSU, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Hixon is rated as the nation’s 37th-best defensive tackle, and will help bolster a deep South Carolina front four.

With the two new additions, the Gamecocks’ 2022 recruiting cycle has jumped into the nation’s top 15, ranking as the No. 13 class by Rivals. South Carolina now boasts the third-best class in the SEC, falling behind only LSU and Georgia.

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