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South Carolina climbs in On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings

Drew Schott02/01/23
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South Carolina just landed the top uncommitted prospect in the country on National Signing Day. Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor is headed to the Gamecocks for his college football career.

Landing Harbor elevated South Carolina’s 2023 recruiting class one spot to No. 16 in the 2023 On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings. The Gamecocks’ group is also No. 7 in the SEC.

Harbor is the No. 21 overall prospect and No. 1 athlete in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 1 player in Washington D.C.

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Harbor adds more blue-chip talent to South Carolina’s class

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound recruit is now the highest-ranked prospect in South Carolina’s class. Harbor gives the Gamecocks pledges from five top-200 prospects.

Upper Marlboro (Md.) Charles Herbert Flowers four-star EDGE Desmond Umeozulu, Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman four-star interior offensive lineman Markee Anderson, Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson four-star linebacker Grayson Howard and Camden (S.C.) four-star defensive lineman Xzavier McLeod are the others. South Carolina has commitments from 11 four-stars, including the four aforementioned players, Eatonton (Ga.) Putnam County safety Jalon Kilgore and Florence (S.C.) South Florence quarterback LaNorris Sellers.

The Gamecocks’ class now contains 24 players with the addition of Harbor. According to Robert Harris, Harbor’s high school football coach, head coach Shane Beamer and his staff are getting a player who is the “total package.”

Nyckoles Harbor On3 Scouting Summary

The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Nyckoles Harbor:

“Owns the best combination of size and speed we’ve seen from a young prospect as a national-level sprinter at 6-foot-5 and over 230 pounds with plus length. Has aspirations of running in the Olympics. Runs under 10.3 seconds in the 100 meters with the size and length of a premier pass rusher or pass catcher. Plays both tight end and defensive end for his high school. Was initially considered more of an EDGE prospect, but has turned his focus to offense in order to maintain his lighter weight for track. Easily ran past and separated from top cornerbacks at Under Armour All-America Game practices.

“Has pleasantly surprising lateral agility and shake as a route runner. Does not catch the ball cleanly with consistency, though he has shown the ability to extend for grabs at times. Will need to develop his technique considerably but has rare athletic upside to be a downfield mismatch as a pass catcher or as a potential pass rusher. Younger for the class, turning 18 years-old in July prior to his freshman season.”