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Spurrier Jr. Happy with Signing Class, Recruiting Efforts

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Written by student assistant Rebecca Duensing

Steve Spurrier Jr. 2011.jpgOn Monday night's "Inside the Roost" radio show wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and host Derek Scott talked about the process of recruiting and this year's signing class. 

The best thing about this year's Signing Day? No surprises. Spurrier Jr. said it was a "peaceful signing day," in contrast with last year's late signing of Jadeveon Clowney.

"Last year was a little stressed, but if you get the player, it's always worth it," said Spurrier. I'm guessing Gamecock Country would agree that Clowney was worth it.

For the fourth year in a row, the Gamecocks' signing class includes South Carolina's Mr. Football award winner, Shaq Roland (WR, Lexington High School), who follows in the footsteps of Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore, and Jadeveon Clowney.

"All of those players have been huge impact players and we certainly expect Shaq Roland to do the same," noted Spurrier Jr. "You can't say enough about what it means to sign Mr. Football for the 4th year."

Including Roland the Gamecocks welcome five Palmetto State players - Jerell Adams (Pinewood), Kendric Salley (Williston), Kwinton Smith (Hamer) and Mason Zandi (Irmo).

"There are a lot of great players in this state and if we can keep them in this state, and sign them to South Carolina, South Carolina can win championships," said Spurrier Jr.

Spurrier Jr. said that while there is no perfect science to designing a recruiting class, they try to sign five offensive linemen every year and usually four to five defensive linemen. Spurrier Jr. emphasized that "linemen are the biggest difference in the game, especially in this conference; you've got to be strong on both lines to be successful."

South Carolina also found recruiting success in Georgia, adding twelve players from the bordering state. Although Carolina competed with UGA for several recruits, Spurrier Jr. pointed out that Georgia can't sign all of them and the success on the field against them the last two years probably doesn't hurt.

Among this year's signing class is a bit of a rarity; the Gamecocks signed a kicker. Spurrier Jr. said it's rare to offer a scholarship to a kicker right out of high school - usually they're brought in as walk-ons and eventually get placed on scholarship - but he said they felt like Nick St. Germain was "one of the players we could sign to make us a better team."

Even though the next Signing Day is almost a year away, recruiting is a year-round endeavor for college coaching staffs.

"We're a long way away from next year's class, but we are spending a lot of time in the office evaluating guys and deciding who we need to offer early and make sure we are recruiting," said Spurrier Jr. "But a lot can happen between now and Signing Day."

Scott joked that Spurrier Jr. must get asked all the time about recruiting from excited fans, mentioning that he was stopped in the lobby on the way to the radio show, but Spurrier Jr. responded that he didn't mind much:

"People love football. People love South Carolina."

Make sure to catch "Inside the Roost" every Monday night from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on 107.5 The Game for weekly insight into Gamecock Athletics with Derek Scott and AD Eric Hyman along with weekly guests.

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