‘Come be the first, not the next,’ Muschamp tells recruits
Since 2013, South Carolina has nearly tripled its football recruiting budget, according to data from USA Today.
But many of its top competitors have also increased their spending.
The numbers compiled by USA Today have the Gamecocks ranked ninth among 13 non-Vanderbilt SEC teams in recruiting spending and 23rd among the 52 Power 5 teams on the list. USC’s total was $861,747, a 185.1 percent increase.
That gain ranks third in the SEC behind Georgia (351.7 percent) and Texas A&M 326.3 and seventh nationally behind Clemson, which was at more than $1.7 million in recruiting spending.
Georgia’s Greg McGarity said long-distance travel accounted for much of Georgia’s gain.
USC coach Will Muschamp has long made a point of trying to recruit withing a five-hour radius, stretching past that to recruit South Florida, Nashville and sometimes Virginia. The Gamecocks also went out to California to go after several prospects, including freshman QB Ryan Hilinski.
The Gamecocks’ full classes under Muschamp have ranked 21st, 18th and 17th in the 247 Sports composite rankings.