South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer and his coaching staff flipped 4-star athlete Jalewis Solomon from an Auburn commitment this fall. The Schley County High School product signed a letter of intent with the Gamecocks during the Early Signing Period, finalizing that flip.
He is one of the highest-upside players in the class for the Gamecocks, and there is optimism around the program that he could play early at cornerback for USC.
His younger brother is pretty good at football, too.
5-star EDGE/linebacker prospect Zayden Walker, also of Schley County, is one of the most highly sought-after players in the class of 2025.
Originally thought to be an Auburn lead (back when Jalewis and their older brother Zykeivous Walker were committed to and enrolled at Auburn), the younger Walker revealed a top-6 of South Carolina, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia, Miami, and Florida State back in the fall after Solomon's decommitment from Auburn.
According to a joint report from On3's Chad Simmons and Keegan Pope, Walker will be visiting he Gamecocks soon.
A loaded visit schedule over the next month will see the 5-star talent make trips to Athens, Tallahassee, Miami, and Columbia over the next four weekends.
South Carolina football will need both linebacker and pass rushers moving forward, so whatever position is in Walker's future, he could be a huge piece for the Gamecocks if he were to choose USC.
Walker's athleticism is special, giving him the ability to play sideline-to-sideline when he is in a stand-up linebacker role and granting him an explosive burst off the edge when rushing the passer. Though built different physically, he profiles similarly to incoming Gamecock freshmen Wendell Gregory and Fred "JayR" Johnson, but having players who can play against the run and rush the passer fit well for Carolina's defense, whether they are playing their 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 base defense.
You can watch some of his film here.