Will Muschamp

Will Muschamp

South Carolina announced part of its 2020 signing class on Wednesday — a group that includes 17 commits, including six in ESPN’s Top 300. The aforementioned six — running back Marshawn Lloyd (53), quarterback Luke Doty (85), Tonka Hemingway (187), Michael Wyman (226), Mohamed Kaba (229) and Tyshawn Wannamaker (270) — were all listed a four-star recruits.

Editor's note: Spurs & Feathers cannot comment on players who have not signed a National Letter of Intent.

Meet the class:

Rashad Amos, RB (Tyrone, Ga.)

HT: 6-0

WT: 210

National rankings: No. 70 RB (247Sports). 

Twitter: @1dreamShad

Notes: Running back prospect who played at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga... rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a senior and over 2,300 yards in his career... helped the Patriots to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state AAAA semifinals as a senior... rushed for 939 yards on 133 carries (7.1 yards per carry) and finished with 12 rushing touchdowns in 2018, leading the Patriots to a 7-4 mark... also caught 16 passes out of the backfield for 93 yards and another score... coached by Brett Garvin... also plays basketball... Rivals ranks him as the 72nd-best player in Georgia and the 38th best running back in the country... 247Sports composite ranked him as the 68th-best running back in the nation and the 113th-best player in Georgia.

Sandy Creek coach Brett Garvin to The State: “Great player. Great talent. Great kid. Great family. Hard worker. Great personality. Gets along well with everybody. He demands that everybody do their job, just like you want kids to do. Strong, powerful. He’s got the moves too. He can make people miss in space. But his big attribute is he’s got a real low center of gravity, so his balance is really phenomenal. It’s hard to get him on the ground.”

Jaheim Bell, ATH (Valdosta, Ga.)

HT: 6-2

WT: 207

Twitter: @Jaheim_Bell1

Notes: Multi-talented player from Valdosta (Ga.) High School who missed part of his senior season after suffering a torn ACL... could play either tight end or wide receiver... logged 210 receiving yards as a senior after collecting 770 yards as a junior... helped the Wildcats reach the state quarterfinals in both 2018 and 2019, posting records of 8-5 and 10-3, respectively... was a Nike The Opening Finalist... named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s 6A All-State first team as a junior... coached by Alan Rodemaker... also plays basketball... considered the 45th-best player in the state of Georgia and the 18th-best “athlete” in the country by Rivals... ranked as the 39th-best player in Georgia, the 17th-best “athlete” in the country and No. 382 overall in the 247Sports Composite.

Luke Doty, QB (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

HT: 6-1

WT: 193

National rankings: No. 3 dual QB (247Sports); No. 5 dual QB (ESPN).

Twitter: @LukeDoty9

Myrtle Beach coach Mikey Wilson to the The Post & Courier: “Luke is just rare. He’s a true dual-threat guy. He can stay in the pocket and make all the throws. He can extend plays and take it to the house because of his speed and hit home runs for them. That’s a rare combination and I don’t think they have that at South Carolina right now. He’ll fit in that meeting room with those other guys because he’s a team-first player.”

Notes: Highly-regarded quarterback prospect who will graduate from Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High School at mid-term and enroll at South Carolina in January... the Seahawks were undefeated before falling in the state 4A championship game in 2019... did not play after injuring his throwing hand in the first round of the playoffs... in 10 games, completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,876 yards and 25 touchdowns... also rushed for 408 yards and four scores... named first team all-state by the South Carolina coaches... garnered the state’s Mr. Football award... selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, Nike’s The Opening Finals and the Elite 11 Finals... as a junior, helped guide Myrtle Beach to a 4A state championship in his first year as a full-time starter... threw for 3,037 yards on 242-of-381 passing with 36 touchdowns and six interceptions... finished with 701 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground... threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns in the 2018 championship game against Greer... named the 2018 4A Lower State Back of the Year... threw for 5,614 yards in his career with 66 touchdowns... logged 7,364 all-purpose yards and was responsible for 83 touchdowns... played wide receiver early in his career at Myrtle Beach... coached by Mickey Wilson... Rivals considered him the second-best player in the Palmetto State, the second-best dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 100 overall... rated second in the state, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the country and No. 65 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings... considered the No. 85 player in the country in the ESPN 300.

O’Donnell Fortune, CB (Sumter, S.C.)

HT: 6-1

WT: 169

National rankings: No. 71 CB (247Sports).

Twitter: @fortune_donnell

Notes: Defensive back prospect from Sumter (S.C.) High School... expected to graduate mid-year and enroll at South Carolina in January... played both cornerback and safety... also handled punt and kickoff returns... logged 42 tackles with five tackles for loss and three interceptions as a senior... the Fighting Gamecocks posted a 10-1 record in 2019, falling in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs... named first team all-state by the South Carolina coaches... selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... as a junior in 2018, he led Sumter with five interceptions to go with 48 tackles, three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery... collected 84 career tackles with eight tackles for loss and eight interceptions... coached by Mark Barnes... also plays basketball and competes on the track & field team in the sprints and jumps... Rivals considered him the 10th-best player in the Palmetto state... ranked as the 22nd-best player in South Carolina and the 116th-best cornerback in the country in the 247Sports Composite.

Sumter coach Mark Barnes to The Sumter Item: “I think what makes him a better recruit than most is that he’s 6-1, weighs 180 pounds and has great ball skills. With that size, he can run, cover, he’s physical, he can tackle. He has all of the attributes that you look for at that position.”

Tonka Hemingway, DT (Conway, S.C.)

HT: 6-3

WT: 225

National rankings: No. 16 DT (ESPN); No. 29 DT (247Sports).

Twitter: @Tonka_Hemingway

Notes: Played along the defensive line at Conway (S.C.) High School... recorded 92 tackles including 24.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks... also served as the team’s punter... the Tigers lost in the first round of the South Carolina Class AAAAA state playoffs in 2019... selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... named first team all-state by the South Carolina coaches in 2019 and a three-time USA Today first-team all-state selection... collected 201 career tackles with 49 tackles for loss and 13 sacks... coached by Carlton Terry... also played basketball and baseball for the Tigers, earning first-team all-state honors on the hardwood... Rivals considered him the seventh-best player in the Palmetto State and the 40th-best strongside defensive end in the country... listed as the fourth-best player in South Carolina, the 28th-best defensive tackle in the country and No. 314 overall in the 247Sports Composite rankings... considered the No. 187 player in the country in the ESPN 300... comes from an athletic family... brother, Junior, played football at Michigan and for the NFL Kansas City Chiefs... sister, Shamae, played basketball at Coker College... sister, Janecia, is a pitcher on the Francis Marion softball team.

Conway coach Carlton Terry to myhorrynews.com: “Plays came to him instead of him just making contact and reacting and going to the ball. That lets you know that he’s accepted coaching instead of being a cowboy and doing his own thing.”

Dominick Hill, CB (Orlando, Fla.)

HT: 5-9

WT: 205

National rankings: No. 69 CB (247Sports).

Twitter: @Dominick_Hill5

Notes: Played wide receiver and cornerback at Jones High School in Orlando... slated to graduate mid-year and enroll at South Carolina in January... the Fightin’ Tigers posted a 13-2 record in 2019, reaching the state Class 5A championship game... logged 30 tackles with six interceptions as a senior... as a junior, logged 34 tackles, 12 pass breakups, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery... was the No. 1-ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2020 Central Florida Super 60... coached by former Florida Gators running back Elijah Williams... also competed in sprints and the horizontal jumps for the track & field team... Rivals considered him the 87th-best player in the Sunshine State and the 28th-best “athlete” in the country... rated as the 118th-best player in the state of Florida, the 70th-best cornerback in the country and No. 887 overall in the 247Sports Composite.

Jones coach Elijah Williams to The State: “He’s a man-on-man guy. He’s long. Anytime you can get a 6-foot-2 corner that can run, that’s cream of the crop.”

Joey Hunter, CB (Tyrone, Ga.)

HT: 6-1

WT: 180

National rankings: No. 50 CB (247Sports). 

Twitter: @Jo3yhunter 

Notes: Safety prospect who played at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga... injuries ended his senior season prematurely... the Patriots posted a 12-2 record and a spot in the state AAAA semifinals in 2019... played for Brett Garvin... began his prep career at Starr’s Mill... also competed in track & field... Rivals considered him the 56th-best player in the Peach State and the 51st-best cornerback in the country... ranked as the 68th-best player in Georgia, the 50th-best cornerback in the country and No. 677 overall in the 247Sports Composite.

Trai Jones, OC (Abbeville, S.C.)

HT: 6-2

WT: 265

National rankings: No. 17 OC (247Sports).

Twitter: @duffiejones_

Notes: Athletic offensive line prospect who prepped at Abbeville (S.C.) High School... played on both the offensive and defensive lines... named first team all-state by the South Carolina coaches... will graduate at mid-semester and enroll at South Carolina in January... helped the Panthers reach the state semifinals in Class 2A before bowing out with a 13-1 record in 2019... led the team to a pair of state titles in 2017 and 2018... selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... coached by Jamie Nickles... Rivals considered him the ninth- best player in the Palmetto State... ranked as the 11th-best player in South Carolina, the 19th-best offensive center in the country and No. 888 over- all in the 247Sports Composite... given name is Traizhan.

Abbeville coach Jamie Nickles to The State: “He’s such an explosive young man, from an athletic standpoint,” Nickels said. “And Trai is really strong. We run the outside zone so much, and he really seals the edge. He’s young for his grade, and I think the upside is what Carolina saw.”

Mohamed Kaba, LB (Clinton, N.C)

HT: 6-3

WT: 210

National rankings: No. 12 ILB (247Sports); No. 20 OLB (ESPN). 

Twitter: @mo_kaba3

Notes: Primarily played inside linebacker at Clinton (N.C.) High School... also used at several positions on offense... expected to graduate early and enroll at South Carolina in January... helped lead the Dark Horses to a 12-2 record and a spot in the 2-AA state semifinals as a senior... tore his ACL during his senior season, limiting him to just four games... invited to the All-American Bowl... coached by Cory Johnson... also competed in track & field... Rivals considered him the 16th- best player in the Tar Heel State and the 49th-best outside linebacker in the country... ranked as the 10th-best player in North Carolina, the nation’s 11th-best inside linebacker and No. 228 overall in the 247Sports Composite... considered the No. 229 player in the country in the ESPN 300... family is originally from Africa... brother, Karfa, played football at North Carolina A&T.

Clinton coach Cory Johnson to the The Fayetteville Observer“Mohamed is a once-in-a-lifetime player; a generational player. But what makes him really great is his work ethic. I had a chance to coach a lot of great players at Scotland and he’s right there along with the hardest-working guys I ever coached. He is special.″

Vershon Lee, OG (Woodbridge, Va.)

HT: 6-3

WT: 300

National rankings: No. 43 OG (247Sports). 

Twitter: @VershonLee55

Notes: Played for Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Va... slated to graduate early and enroll at South Carolina in January... led the Eagles to an 11-1 record and a spot in the Class 6 playoffs as a senior... named first team all-district on both the offensive and defensive lines... earned second-team all-state honors in 2018... coached by Darryl Overton... also plays basketball and was a first-team all-district selection in 2018... Rivals considered him the 18th-best player in Virginia and the 75th-best offensive tackle in the class of 2020... ranked as the 20th-best player in Virginia, the 44th-best offensive guard in the country and No. 728 overall in the 247Sports Composite... father, Vernon, is the basketball coach at Freedom High.

Freedom coach Darryl Overton to Phil Kornblut: “He definitely has the athleticism to play tackle, just doesn’t have the height. He’s also been a point guard in basketball. Very athletic. He fell in love with being a lineman, blocking and being nasty. He takes a lot of pride in pancaking people. He’s got a lot of good skill sets. He’s very dedicated to his craft.”

MarShawn Lloyd, RB (DeMatha Catholic)

HT: 5-9

WT: 205

Hometown: Hyattsville, Md.

National rankings: No. 7 RB (247Sports); No. 9 RB (ESPN). 

Twitter: @m_lloyd_2

Notes: Highly-regarded recruit from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md... expected to graduate at mid-semester and enroll at South Carolina in January... helped the Stags to a 7-4 mark as a senior while serving as a team captain... selected for the Opening Finals, the Under Armour All-American Bowl and for the Polynesian Bowl... earned the top spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after a 69-yard run against Good Counsel in which he hurdled a defender at the 41-yard line on his way to a touchdown... coached by Bill McGregor... also competed in the sprint events in track & field... Rivals considers him the third-best player in Maryland, the fifth-best running back in the country and No. 31 overall... Rated the third- best player in the state, the eighth-best running back in the country and No. 39 overall in 247 Sports Composite... considered the No. 53 player in the country in the ESPN 300.

DeMatha coach Bill McGregor to the Hyattsville Life & Times“MarShawn has that it factor, whatever that it is. I think all great athletes, great competitors have it. It’s hard to put exactly into words where it comes from, how they developed it, what it really is, but he has that. … His vision running the football is unbelievable. He just has a knack for finding the hole even if its clogged or not exactly where it’s supposed to be. He can turn nothing into something. ... As a spectator, he’s fun to watch. Every time he touches the ball, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Rico Powers Jr., WR (Atlanta)

HT: 6-2

WT: 181

National rankings: No. 52 WR (247Sports).

Twitter: @RicoPowers1

Notes: Played his final prep season at Hapeville Charter in Atlanta... Led the Hornets to a 10-2-1 record and reached the state AA quarterfinals as a senior... coached by Winston Gordon... attended Benedictine High School in Savannah prior to transferring to Hapeville Charter... 2019 Nike The Opening Charlotte Top Performer... was named the Savannah Morning News Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 after leading the Cadets with 1,006 yards rushing, scoring 17 touchdowns and averaging 8.7 yards per carry... also named to the 2018 All-Greater Savannah First Team Offense... as a sophomore, he had 842 yards rushing and 449 yards receiving with 16 touchdowns... coached by Danny Britt... also plays basketball and runs track... Rivals considered him the 26th-best player in the Peach State, the 42nd-best wide receiver in the country and No. 228 overall... ranked as the 31st-best player in Georgia, the 52nd-best wide receiver in the country and No. 307 overall in the 247Sports Composite.

Hapeville Charter coach Winston Gordon to GamecockCentral: “A great person. He’s a great kid. He’s a yessir, no sir, type kid. He’ll do anything for the team. He’s very unselfish. One thing that I’ve learned, just coaching him, is that he’s very unselfish and he’s willing to put others first and it resonates with how he plays.”

Makius Scott, DT (Gainesville, Ga.)

HT: 6-3

WT: 303

National rankings: No. 79 DT (247Sports). 

Twitter: @MakiusScott7

Notes: Played on both sides of the ball for Gainesville (Ga.) High School... the Red Elephants posted a 5-6 record, falling in the first round of the state AAAAAA playoffs in his senior season... coached by Heath Webb... also competes in track & field... placed sixth in the state shot put in 2019... has an eight-foot wingspan... Rivals considered him the 86th-best player in the Peach State and the 58th-best defensive tackle in the country... ranked as the 101st-best player in Georgia, the 79th-best defensive tackle in the country and No. 979 over- all in the 247Sports Composite.

Eric Shaw, ATH (Notasulga, Ala.)

HT: 6-4

WT: 210

National rankings: No. 16 ATH (247Sports). 

Twitter: @treyshaw_3

Notes: Tight end/linebacker prospect from Reeltown High School in Notasulga, Ala... standout performer at both wide receiver and outside linebacker... helped the Rebels post a 13-2 record and reach the Class 2A championship game as a senior... an Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game participant... tore an ACL during his junior season... coached by Matt Johnson... also played basketball and competed in track & field... averaged 20.9 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore... was a six-time state track & field champion... won three consecutive 110-meter high hurdle titles... won three titles in the spring of 2019 (high jump, 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles) just six months removed from ACL surgery... also qualified for the state finals in the shot put... Rivals considered him the 15th-best player in Alabama and the 22nd-best tight end in the country... 247Sports Composite ranked him as the 17th-best player in Alabama, the 16th-best “athlete” in the country and No. 379 overall.

Reeltown coach Matt Johnson to oanow.com: “He is driven, there’s no doubt. That’s what I tell all these coaches. They ask, ‘Coach, what’s one negative thing about him?’ I say, ‘Heck, only problem I’ve had with him is resting.’ He's always been motivated. He’s a self-motivated kid. He’s not a rah-rah, hollering type of guy. He’s an example kid.”

Jazston Turnetine, OT (Stockbridge, Ga.)

HT: 6-7

WT: 340

National rankings: No. 12 OT (247Sports) 

Twitter: @Jaz2K_007

Notes: Junior college transfer who will enroll at South Carolina in January... will have three years to play two at South Carolina... started at offensive tackle for two seasons at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College... earned second-team All-America honors following his sophomore season... the Blue Dragons posted a 10-2 mark in 2019 and went 9-3 in his freshman season of 2018, winning the Salt City Bowl both years... coached by Rion Rhoades... graduated from Stockbridge (Ga.) High School in 2018... rated the Number 4 JUCO offensive tackle in the nation by JC- Gridiron.com.. considered the 48th-best JUCO prospect in the country by Rivals... ranked as the 14th-best JUCO offensive tackle in the nation and No. 84 overall by 247Sports Composite.

Tyshawn Wannamaker, OG (St. Matthews, S.C.)

HT: 6-4

WT: 334

National rankings: No. 10 OG (ESPN); No. 23 OG (247Sports).

Twitter: @Scooot14

Notes: The first commitment of the 2020 class, Wannamaker committed to the Gamecocks in the spring of his sophomore year in 2018... slated to graduate early and enroll at South Carolina in January... played on the offensive line for Calhoun County High School in St. Matthews, S.C... the Saints posted a 6-6 mark in 2019, reaching the second round of the playoffs... selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas... named first team all-state by the South Carolina coaches... was a first-team all-state selection as a junior by USA TODAY... coached by Wayne Farmer... also competes in the throw events on the Saints’ track team... Rivals considered him the eighth- best player in the Palmetto State and the 35th- best offensive guard in the country... rated as the seventh-best player in the state of South Carolina, the 23rd-best offensive guard in the country and No. 446 overall in the 247Sports Composite... considered the No. 270 player in the country in the ESPN 300.

Mike Wyman, WR (Greensboro, N.C)

HT: 6-3

WT: 195

National rankings: No. 38 WR (ESPN); No. 49 WR (247Sports).

Twitter: @MikeWyman2

Notes: Wide receiver prospect from Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C... slated to graduate early and enroll at South Carolina in January... helped Dudley post a 10-3 record and reach the second round of the playoffs in 2019, and a 10-4 mark and the quarterfinals in 2018... recorded 26 receptions for 465 yards as a senior... caught 46 passes for 664 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 as a junior and 18 passes for 478 yards and six scores as a sophomore in 2017... named first-team All-Area in 2018... coached by Steven Davis... also plays basketball... Rivals considered him the 13th-best player in the Tar Heel State and the 74th-best wide receiver in the country... regarded as the No. 12 player in North Carolina, the 49th-best wide receiver in the country and No. 295 overall in the 247Sports Composite... considered the No. 226 player in the country in the ESPN 300.

Dudley coach Stephen Davis to The State“Great talent. He’s just got to stay humble, continue to work hard and not get distracted. If he would do those things, the sky would be the limit. He’s got great speed, great hands, ball skills.”