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More than 1/3 of South Carolina’s football signees waiting to qualify

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Steve Spurrier (AP)

Steve Spurrier (AP)

More than a third of South Carolina’s 2014 football recruiting class is in jeopardy of not qualifying academically.

South Carolina signed 21 players last February, and eight members have yet to enroll at the SEC school, assistant Steve Spurrier Jr. told The State’s Josh Kendall. 

The start of football practice is only a few weeks away.

Several of the endangered signees are from the Atlanta area, including M.L. King High School cornerback Wesley Green. He’s one of three cornerbacks waiting to get through admissions.

“We would like to hope that least two out of three (cornerbacks) are going to make it,” Spurrier told The State. “That’s a pretty critical area for our 2014 season getting those guys here.”

Former North Gwinnett High School defensive end Dante Sawyer announced two weeks after signing day that he wasn’t going to make it. Sawyer went ahead and graduated with his GED; he reported to a junior college in February with the hopes of transferring to South Carolina in time for the 2015 season.

Defensive end Jhuastin Thomas has signed with South Carolina twice, out of Columbia High School and junior college. His chances of playing for the Gamecocks “appear to be done” after not qualifying again.

Final decisions for all eight players will be made within the next few weeks.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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