Gamecocks rising up with another strong class

After a 26-17 loss to Florida State in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve, the Gamecock coaching staff didn't skip a beat, hitting the road immediately to help put the finishing touches on another highly ranked recruiting class for South Carolina. With less than a week now left until National Signing Day, fans and coaches alike will await the decisions of several potential Gamecocks.

"State of the program," Coach Steve Spurrier wondered aloud after the loss to the Seminoles. "I'll let you know after February the 2nd, when we have either a super signing class or so-so. We're hoping to have a super one because there's a lot of guys out there that we think can help us next year."

There is no doubt that Gamecock nation and a great deal of the college football world is waiting on the announcement of one Jadeveon Clowney, the defensive end prospect from Rock Hill, South Carolina that is the consensus #1 high school recruit in the country. But there are many other prospects both committed and currently open that fans hope will don the garnet and black next fall.

Recruits from all over the southeast have already pledged their talents to USC, but the Gamecocks still have several top targets remaining.

Joining Cedrick Cooper of Georgia, South Carolina still hopes to land guys such as Jerrell Adams and the aforementioned Clowney to the fold. With a large signing class that has already reached thirty prospects, Coach Spurrier and recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer are trying to add what they believe are the final pieces to the puzzle.

Spurrier also singled out a particular area of football that the Gamecocks must improve if they hope to move to the next level.

"A lot of them out there playing high school ball that we think can help us next year," said Spurrier. "Hopefully we'll get some guys that are going to give us some help, give us some help on special teams. You can't win big games playing special teams the way we did."

With young players often helping out on punt and kick coverage teams, there will be ample opportunities for numerous "young guns" to make an early impact on the Gamecock program.

Spurrier ended the Chick-fil-A postgame press conference with one of his famous one-liners, saying, "That's not against the rules is it? We didn't mention anybody's name."

And although he can't say their names officially until next Wednesday, Gamecock fans hope that Spurrier will be praising those same names for many years to come.

South Carolina's recruiting class is currently ranked twelfth nationally by Scout.com.

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