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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Chris Lammons chooses Gamecocks

By Derek Tyson and Tom Luginbill

Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), the No. 86-ranked player in the country, announced Wednesday that he will sign with South Carolina. The four-star athlete, a former Florida commit, chose the Gamecocks over Wisconsin.

What he brings: Lammons is a terrific athlete with playmaker quickness and coveted versatility as a college prospect. Based on his quarterback background, we see very good football recognition and reaction skills on defense. He also has very good football awareness skills. Lammons shows very good body control and the foot quickness to project as a cover corner and will bring sought-after recovery ability and transitional skills to the position. He handles the ball well in the shotgun and projects to have good ball skills as a cornerback or slot defensive back.

Who he reminds us of: Miami CB Tracy Howard. Although a bit shorter, Lammons has the feet, hips and transitional explosiveness you want in a potential island performer. He lacks great bulk and strength right now but, like Howard, can hip-pocket and mirror top-level targets.

Potential freshman impact: It all depends on how quickly Lammons can settle in at corner full time. He has played multiple positions, including quarterback, and has not been exclusively a cornerback to this point. He needs to get in the weight room as he is somewhat size deficient. His talent should allow for an opportunity to play right away, but we feel a redshirt would benefit.

How he fits: Although Lammons is listed as an athlete, South Carolina likes him as a defensive back. Lammons, teamed with D.J. Smith and Al Harris will make a very formidable defensive secondary. At only 5-10, 170 pounds, Lammons will need to add some bulk to compete in the SEC, but, if he does, he has the athleticism to make an impact early on. The defense has led the resurgence for the Gamecocks, it's not just fun-and-gun football. They are doing a nice job of developing their young talent to round out their team.