The Recruiting Carousel

Over the course of the past several weeks, it appeared that the 2007 South Carolina recruiting class was losing momentum and beginning to slip after a superb start. The biggest blow came when Columbia (SC) native and 4-star cornerback Gary Gray decided to open up his recruiting after being considered a solid commitment to the Gamecocks since March.

What made it worse, however, was it appeared that the momentum was shifting to bitter, in-state rival, Clemson.

However, as is often the case in the world of recruiting, that was more perception than reality. The Gamecocks landed a huge, and I do mean HUGE, commitment from Laurinburg (NC) defensive end Travian Robertson on Thursday evening, and that appears to have put the wind back in the sails of the South Carolina recruiting class. What made it sweeter for Gamecock fans was the fact that they overcame a seemingly impossible deficit to sway Robertson back from Clemson, after it appeared he had all but committed to the Tigers this past weekend. Now the orange clad faithful are the ones left shaking their heads, but even though neither side would admit this of the other, both South Carolina and Clemson are off to excellent starts on the recruiting trail this year.

Back to the Gamecocks - it is simply amazing the difference that a couple of days can make. On top of Travian Robertson's commitment, Carolina fans recently found out that Gary Gray, though still considering Notre Dame, is favoring the hometown Gamecocks over the Fighting Irish. Add to that the potential for a few more top commitments before the end of the summer, and once again all is well in Gamecock Nation.

So, what is the moral of this story, you may ask? It's pretty simple, really. The recruiting process is not a sprint, but rather a marathon. There is a long ways to go until next February and every team in America will undoubtedly experience it's share of ups and downs between now and then, but to borrow a quote from former Gamecock head coach, Lou Holtz - "Things are never as good as they seem, and things are never as bad as they seem. Reality often lies somewhere in the middle."

Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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