South Carolina Football: Gamecocks make top list for 5-star wide receiver

5-star wide receiver Caleb Cunningham released his list of top-12 schools on Monday, and South Carolina football made the cut.

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One of the biggest question marks for the South Carolina football team heading into the 2024 season is the wide receiver position. The Gamecocks have plenty of good players on the roster after bringing in three transfers and signing two highly-touted freshmen, but no returning receiver has more than 13 catches (Luke Doty), 195 yards (Nyck Harbor), or 1 touchdown (Doty, Harbor, and Tyshawn Russell) in their careers.

Recruiting the position is extremely important for Carolina moving forward, and the Gamecocks already have one commitment for the wide receiver room in class of 2025 player Jayden Sellers, the younger brother of projected starting quarterback LaNorris Sellers.

A major target for the team at wide receiver in the 2025 cycle is 5-star Caleb Cunningham. The 6'3" receiver from Mississippi is a consensus top-24 prospect in the country. On Monday, the elite talent released a list of his top-12 schools, and South Carolina football made the cut.

South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Florida are the top schools in the running to land Cunningham.

Whichever team pulls his commitment will be getting a really good football player as Cunningham is explosive in the way he attacks the football in the air, and his athleticism after the catch allows him to run through defenses just as easily as he can go over the top of them. Like most high school receivers, he will need to get stronger.

Cunningham has been recruited by the Gamecocks for a long time, but he's got virtually every school in the South fighting for his attention. He has spent some time in high school as a pass rusher, but his future at the college level is as a wide receiver.

You can watch some of his film here.

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