Meet Shamari Earls: The Elite Cornerback Joining the South Carolina Gamecocks

Meet South Carolina commit Shamari Earls, an elite defensive back joining the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Sep 23, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer disputes a call against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer disputes a call against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Meet South Carolina commit Shamari Earls, an elite defensive back joining the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Shamari Earls, the highest-rated commitment for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2025 cycle, is ready to bring his exceptional talents to Columbia. He committed to Shane Beamer’s program on April 20, 2024, and is poised to make an immediate impact. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback from Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA, is a four-star recruit known for his lockdown coverage and physical play.

During his junior season in 2023, Earls showcased his skills on the field, earning All-State honors and establishing himself as one of the top defensive backs in the country. He recorded 45 tackles, 6 interceptions, and 15 pass breakups, demonstrating his ability to shut down opposing receivers and make game-changing plays.

Besides his football skills, Earls is also a standout on the track. He posted an impressive 10.74 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.12 seconds in the 200-meter dash, further cementing his status as an elite athlete.

Earls chose South Carolina over prominent programs, including Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, and Auburn. His decision reflects his confidence in the Gamecocks under Coach Beamer and the opportunity to help build the team into an SEC powerhouse.

As he gears up for his senior season at North Oconee High School, Shamari Earls is determined to continue his development and lead his team to new heights. Gamecock fans can look forward to watching one of the nation’s top cornerback talents bring his dynamic playmaking abilities to Williams-Brice Stadium.

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