The Early Signing Period for college football began on Wednesday, and National Letters of Intent have been flying in from all over the country. While most of those NLIs are not sent in via fax machine anymore, commitments are not official until paperwork is completed. The South Carolina football program is hoping to have most of their class secured by the end of the Early Signing Period.
One of the players in the class who made things official is offensive lineman Kam Pringle.
Recruiting Ranking: 4 stars (Consensus)
Measurables: 6'8"; 340 pounds; 7' wingspan
Former Player Comp: Corey Robinson
Kam Pringle was the biggest player on the South Carolina football team the moment he signed with the team. However, just because he's big doesn't mean that he is a plodding player who can't move. In fact, the Woodland High School product possesses some plus-athleticism for the offensive tackle position. He moves well in space as a puller and when attacking at the second level.
Pringle is a very aggressive player. He plays hard and to the whistle (sometimes beyond), and he doesn't mind chasing down smaller players as he clears the way for skill position players with the ball.
At his size, it is no surprise that Kam Pringle is a good run blocker, and as he gets stronger and a little leaner, he could develop into a big-time pusher in the run game.
There is reason to believe that he can develop into a good pass protector, as well. He has really good length and has strong hands and a heavy punch that he showed off as a state champion in the shotput.
Pringle looks a lot like former Gamecock Corey Robinson. Both players are between 6'7" and 6'8" and weighed around 340 pounds. Pringle and Robinson both played on the defensive line in high school, as well, and Robinson's length and aggression (traits he shares with Pringle) allowed him to turn into a very well-rounded tackle.
Pringle is not a finished product as his technique and pad level need work, but he is more ready to play than most high school offensive linemen. The Gamecocks have some veterans who can play tackle and a rising sophomore was a 2023 starter, so playing time won't be easy to come by early. However, South Carolina football fans can expect Pringle to be a good college tackle when his time comes. He joins fellow in-state tackle Josiah Thompson in the class.
You can watch some of his film here.