ESPN’s Recruiting experts set out to rank every Power Five job by the ease of bringing in talent.
The results will leave South Carolina fans less pleased than their rivals in the upstate.
USC came in 34th of the 65 teams, with 10 SEC schools ahead of it. Clemson was 13th behind only Florida State in the ACC.
The rankings took into account favorable geography and local recruiting territory, recruiting and football budget, facilities, next-level prospects and intangibles such as winning tradition, game-day experience and academic considerations.
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The Gamecocks were no doubt hurt by a recruiting budget that reportedly ranked last in the SEC and No. 52 nationally.
The story’s short writeup on the Gamecocks said: “Recently departed coach Steve Spurrier (and to a lesser extent Lou Holtz) boosted South Carolina's profile with recruits, but the Gamecocks continue to lag behind much of the rest of the SEC in facilities and recruiting budget. New coach Will Muschamp recruited well at Florida, Texas and Auburn, but will have to show some creativity to win similar battles at South Carolina.”
The Gamecocks were listed below the likes of Maryland, Stanford, Oklahoma State, California, Washington, Maryland and UNC.
On the other hand, the story said Clemson “has not been an annual national title contender, but the Tigers' brand is strong (and about to get stronger) among recruits, and the program is able to target a good base of local talent. The facilities are top-notch as well.”