South Carolina has proven to recruits that its football program is making strides. A win this Saturday would help cement that fact.
The Gamecocks can win the SEC East and earn a place in the SEC championship with a win over Florida. A victory could have a long-lasting impact on recruiting.
“It would be huge,” USC recruiting coordinator Shane Beamer said. “We’ve been telling guys our goal here is to win the SEC championship. A win Saturday would get us one step closer.
“Win or lose Saturday, I think these recruits see the direction that this program is going. We beat Alabama, we beat Georgia and we beat Tennessee. It’s coming down to November, and we’re still in the championship hunt. From that standpoint, I think the proof is in the pudding.”
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Beamer believes more than anything, a win would further validate the conjecture that USC’s coaching staff has used in recruiting over the last couple of years: Come be part of a program on the cusp of doing something special. The Gamecocks are already seeing effects in recruiting from the win over top-ranked Alabama.
A win on Florida Field could help strengthen USC’s ability to recruit in the Sunshine State, the nation’s most fertile recruiting ground.
Despite their struggles on the field, the Gators’ recruiting class is ranked fifth by ESPN and Scout and fourth by Rivals.
Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson announced last week he will most likely bypass his final semester of high school and enroll in college at January.
It remains to be seen whether that will happen.
Golson has been committed to North Carolina since last February, but he has concerns about the ongoing NCAA investigation of the Tar Heels. Golson told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News that Notre Dame, Clemson and Tennessee are showing interest in him and he hasn’t ruled out other schools.
“I’m committed to North Carolina,” he told the paper. “I’ve always liked North Carolina so that’s where I'm going basically.
“I wouldn't say I’m too concerned [about the investigation]. I always felt like I had to have a backup plan because I feel it would be silly on my part to be solely on North Carolina and not have anywhere to go in case something does happen.”
Golson is among the all-time leaders in state history in passing yards and touchdowns, despite missing the majority of this season with an injury. He returned last week, throwing for 281 yards and six touchdowns – he also ran for a 21-yard score – in the first half of a 70-0 win over Brookland-Cayce in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.