South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier officially announced the signing of 30 new Gamecocks on Wednesday afternoon.
There were few National Signing Day surprises for South Carolina, which didn’t receive a letter of intent from New Jersey wide receiver Damiere Byrd because Byrd was traveling Wednesday. The Gamecocks also are saving a spot for Rock Hill defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Spurrier and recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer are not allowed to talk publicly about Clowney because he has not signed with any school. Clowney is expected to make his college choice on Feb. 14.
“The person we’re talking about is a pretty good player,” Beamer said. “It would be a big impact on this class.”
South Carolina did not accept letters of intent from two players who had made commitments to the school – defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin and linebacker Jordan Montgomery.
“We’ve handled it, and hopefully they are going to still be with us,” Spurrier said. “We’ll see how it plays out down the road. They did not sign out an official paper today.”
The Gamecocks are allowed to sign just 28 players from Wednesday until May 31. Four of this year’s class count back to last year, meaning there are two spots left – one for Byrd’s letter, which could come as early as this evening, and one for Clowney.
“As you know this recruiting is not an exact science,” Spurrier said. “You can’t say we’re going to sign 24. You might sign 22 or 26. Then you just have to work it out the best way you can.”