March 27, 2007
Sinclair's time has come
Analysis and commentary by Keith Allsep.
When the Gamecocks signed Gerrod Sinclair in 2005, the Jacksonville, Fla., standout was one of the most highly recruited members of head coach Steve Spurrier's first recruiting class. Now, heading into his third year in the program, it appears Sinclair is ready to make an impact in 2007. In today's column we take a look at what to expect from Sinclair this spring, as well as some other key reserves at the linebacker position.
When Sinclair arrived at South Carolina is the fall of 2005, he was a blue-chip safety prospect, but with his frame, it was a natural progression for him to grow into a linebacker. After redshirting in 2005, which allowed the former three-star prospect time to adjust to the college game and to growing into a new position, Sinclair was listed as the starter at the Wolf linebacker position coming out of spring practice in 2006. But after suffering a high ankle sprain early in August, the 6-foot, 233-pound Mandarin High School standout, who chose USC over offers from LSU, Tennessee, Clemson, and Georgia Tech, missed most of fall practice and fell behind the other players at his position. Thus, he was relegated to special teams duty for much of the season.
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