Spurrier strikes gold with a strong recruiting class

South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier delivered on his expected strong class, which was ranked No. 6 by Rivals.com and No. 7 by Scout.com by late Wednesday.


Some analysts have called it the Gamecocks' best ever class.

It's highlighted by the future quarterback-receiver combo of Stephen Garcia of Tampa, Fla., and Chris Culliver of Garner, N.C. In all, Spurrier signed eight receivers to his class of 29 in efforts to bolster a unit that saw star Sidney Rice declare for the NFL Draft after his sophomore season.

Spurrier said the class should put South Carolina closer to his goal of winning the Southeastern Conference.

"When you have a recruiting class that is ranked this highly, it gives you hope that you can finish that highly," Spurrier said. "We want those expectations to be there."

Recruiting coordinator David Reaves said the Gamecocks picked up a lot of good recruits from nearby states, including 11 from Florida and eight from North Carolina.

"Miami, they lost their head coach. Florida State had some changes ... it's a good year to recruit in the state of Florida," Reaves said.

GEORGIA: The Bulldogs went for a football signing class that was big on bulk instead of flash.

Georgia landed 12 linemen among their 23 signees Wednesday, addressing major holes on both the offensive and defensive sides.

Despite losing some of the state's top players to other schools, coach Mark Richt insisted that it was another strong class for a school that perennially ranks among the nation's best in recruiting.

"I know that we have addressed a lot of our needs," he said. "We have future starters, we have future All-SEC players here and, more than likely, we have some All-Americans. We may even have a national award winner here."

In a change from past years under Richt, Georgia went heavy on junior college and prep school players, picking up six signees who should be able to move into the lineup more quickly than those straight out of high school.

All are linemen - four on offense, two on defense.

The Bulldogs wound up signing eight offensive linemen, more than any other position.

"I think the emphasis is important," Richt said. "Any one of these young men could see that we had some serious needs up front, especially offensively."

Georgia did sign some highly regarded skill position players, most notably running back Caleb King from Greater Atlanta Christian. In addition, the Bulldogs picked up quarterback Logan Gray and tight end Aron White, high school teammates from Columbia, Mo.


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