South Carolina Football: Elite in-state prospect puts Gamecocks in top-7

South Carolina football Head Coach Shane Beamer. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina football Head Coach Shane Beamer. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports /

The month of July could be a big month for South Carolina football on the recruiting front. Elite prospects like Keylen Adams (4-star WR), Jonathan Paylor (4-star WR), Daniel Hill (4-star RB), Malcolm Ziglar (4-star S), and Jalewis Solomon (4-star ATH/DB) are set to announce their college decisions in July or early August, and the Gamecocks are in the mix for all of them.

5-star EDGE Dylan Stewart hasn’t announced his timeline, but South Carolina football is believed to be one of his final two schools, as well. The pass rusher has said previously that he hopes to make his decision before his senior season begins this fall.

However, the class of 2024 isn’t the only recruiting cycle the Gamecock coaching staff has their eyes on this summer.

Amare Adams is a 4-star defensive line prospect in the class of 2025, and the South Carolina native released his top-7 schools on Tuesday.

Adams’ list includes South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, and Florida State.

An impressive offer list reveals that Adams could be even better than his already-impressive recruiting ranking might indicate. He plays both defensive tackle and defensive end for South Florence High School (the same high school where Gamecock freshman quarterback LaNorris Sellers played), but a permanent move inside is likely as he grows.

Adams also plays on the offensive line for South Florence where he overwhelms smaller defenders with his strength and length. He is viewed more as a defensive line prospect, however, and he is rated as such by all the major recruiting services.

Amare Adams’ measurables are all over the place. He is listed anywhere from 6’3″ to 6’6″ and from 250 pounds to 295 pounds. When deciding his ultimate future on the defensive line, those numbers matter a great deal, so it will be of great interest to South Carolina football to get him on campus for official measurements.

On film, Adams shows an impressive “get off” at the snap, and his long arms let him snatch down opposing quarterbacks and ball carriers even while still fighting off of blocks. He does not show elite athleticism for a defensive end, but at tackle, his athleticism is a plus attribute.

You can watch some of his film here.