Still building off its first SEC championship game appearance, South Carolina has taken a major step up in recruiting. Currently sitting at No. 15 in the ESPNU recruiting team rankings for the 2012 class, that number will get a boost with the news of the verbal commitment of four-star offensive lineman Joe Harris (Lithonia, Ga./Lithonia). He's the Gamecocks' 17th commitment. "South Carolina is the best place for me to play football," Harris said. "They are playing young players, guys like Marcus Lattimore, and they are signing big-time players like Jadeveon Clowney so they are going to compete for championships.