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Hamsah Nasirildeen could be South Carolina’s defensive superstar

Photo Credit: JC Shurburtt, 247Sports

To say that Hamsah Nasirildeen is a big commitment for South Carolina would be an understatement. Even saying he’s a huge commitment, a game-changer, may be short-selling him.

Nasirildeen announced his commitment to Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. He verbally pledged to South Carolina over 19 other offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee and USC among many others.

An offer list that impressive tells you a bit about the talent the recruit possesses. Florida State and Florida were the two programs in major contention with South Carolina for Nasirildeen’s commitment.

“In my opinion a Butkus winner type linebacker,” writes 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, breaking down the new South Carolina commit.

“But Nasirildeen will start at safety and he is an absolute tone-setter on Friday nights in the secondary. A physical player that racked up 85 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass break-ups as a junior for Concord (N.C.) High, Nasirildeen can certainly roam around the defensive backfield for the Gamecocks but I also love him as a guy that can come down and play in the box and also give the defense a presence at nickel as well.”

Though Wiltfong does see Nasirildeen eventually being able to play linebacker, projecting him as a defensive back — likely safety — shows just how athletic the Gamecocks’ new commitment can be. Per 247Sports, he’s the No. 6 outside linebacker in the 2017 class and the No. 1 recruit from the state of North Carolina. 247Sports also ranks him the No. 95 national recruit.

Rankings are one thing, but does Nasirildeen’s talent translate on film? Let’s take a look at his HUDL account to find out.

Today’s U Scouting Report

Nasirildeen is 6-foot-4, 215 pounds — great size for an athlete heading into his senior season, especially considering his versatility. He notched 85 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven pass break-ups during his junior season for Concord High School (Concord, N.C.).

Athlete is likely the best word to use when describing Nasirildeen if you haven’t seen him play. He’s comfortable in open space and can play all over the defensive backfield. He has long legs and arms, good leaping ability and the hands to high-point the football in the air. He has good footwork, a quick break, and the speed and athleticism to jump in front of routes.

Nasirildeen will come away with multiple interceptions at the college level, even if he does end up at linebacker. His length and athleticism make him a very pesky defender, and he appears to have very good defensive instincts.

Nasirildeen plays very aggressively, even as a member of the secondary. It’s easy to see him translating to strong safety, and it makes sense why Wiltfong can see him playing outside linebacker.

He runs the lane well and closes quickly because of his long strides. When he makes contact, he does so with power and aggression, though he does show an ability to write up, drive, and take down a ball-carrier.

There’s a reason Nasirildeen’s commitment is such a big one for Muschamp and South Carolina. He has the potential to be a defensive superstar for the Gamecocks.

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