‘Come be the first, not the next,’ Muschamp tells recruits
South Carolina signed four more football players on Wednesday to complete its 2019 signing class, and all four can help the Gamecocks pave the road in front of them, head coach Will Muschamp said.
“I tell recruits all the time: Come be the first, not the next. You can be part of the first SEC championship team,” Muschamp said. “Our road is a little tougher. It’s a little bumpier. It’s not as smooth as some places, but you can come here and have great success.”
South Carolina signed four-star defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Florida, three-star safety Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, Georgia, three-star offensive lineman William Rogers of Hampton, Georgia, and three-star cornerback Shilo Sanders, a Cedar Hill, Texas, native who is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
“If you had told me in December I could sign these four guys, I would have taken it,” Muschamp said. “All four guys add value to our football team immediately and that’s exciting.”
Sorrells and Robinson had not publicly committed to the school until Wednesday, the first day of the second signing period.
“I don’t look at it as closing. I look at it as the whole process,” Muschamp said. “Jammie Robinson’s recruitment started two-and-a-half years ago. It’s about building relationships, building trust with people. Jaquaze’s recruitment started a good while ago. It’s not about finishing in the end. It’s about the relationship at the end.”
The new quartet — when added to the 19 players signed during the early signing period in December and transfers Josh Belk and Jamel Cook, who count toward this year’s initial scholarship numbers — gives South Carolina a 25-man class that ranks 19th nationally and eighth in the SEC.
“I think it’s a very good class; time will tell how good,” Muschamp said. “I think we have more competitive depth on our team moving forward as an overall roster. Competition is your best friend as a coach. When you have competition at a lot of different positions, it brings out the best in every player every single day. That’s what we have to continue to recruit to have the type of program we want to have, and it happens every single year.”
The class includes as many players from Florida and Georgia (five) as it does from South Carolina. They also signed two Tennesseans and one player each from California and Texas.
“Our state is so small we have to be able to recruit North Carolina, Georgia and Florida,” Muschamp said.
Nine of its members played for or won a state championship in high school.
“That says a lot about understanding about winning, and that’s important to us,” Muschamp said.
Now he’s hopeful they can help his program do just that.