Steve Spurrier is unconcerned about his team’s recruiting class despite another public decommitment this week, this time from defensive end Arden Key.
“I think every now and then some of our recruits mess around with the media we have learned,” Spurrier said Wednesday night. “Hopefully, that’s all they’re doing is messing around, saying one thing and meaning another, but we’ll see. You recruit until Feb. 4 and on Feb. 4, we’ll find out what we’ve got.”
Key has stated publicly that the Gamecocks remain his top pick despite the decommitment. He will take an official to USC the weekend of Jan. 23, in addition to visits to Auburn and LSU.
USC has lost eight pledges from this class, with seven leaving since October. Key himself has committed and decommitted from the Gamecocks twice.
“No, we are not worried at all,” Spurrier said in regard to the entire class. “We feel like we are going to have an excellent recruiting class and plan on that happening.”
The USC class, once ranked No. 2 by Rivals, is now holding at No. 13.
A recruiting “dead period” ends next Wednesday. After that coaches are allowed more face-to-face contact with recruits, and colleges can once again host prospects and their families on official visits. USC’s annual “big recruiting weekend” begins Jan. 23.
Mid-year enrollees Marquavius Lewis, Ernest Hawkins, Sherrod Pittman, Dexter Wideman, Jerad Washington, Christian Owens, Jalen Henry and Darin Smalls already have joined the team.
USC this week picked up a commitment from junior college defensive end Devante Covington, who signed with the Gamecocks out of high school in 2013.
There are 15 in this class targeted for defense, including seven defensive linemen.
“It’s been a good recruiting season,” Spurrier said. “We are in good shape. I think our defense is certainly going to look a lot different next year.”