COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina signed a recruiting class heavy on defense and the in-state players that have helped the Gamecocks to their most successful seasons in history.
South Carolina signed four defensive linemen and four cornerbacks, spots where the Gamecocks are especially thin. They took defensive tackle Dexter Wideman, who was leaning toward Florida State and cornerback Chris Lammons, who was seriously considering Wisconsin.
Coach Steve Spurrier's class again wasn't impressive in the national rankings - failing to crack the top 20. But Spurrier said the Gamecocks have been successful instead in the fall, going 11-2 three straight seasons.
South Carolina will have to find a way to fit 21 players into a small number of spots. The team had just five seniors and lost four juniors to the NFL draft.
Here is the full list of USC signees:
Joe Blue - Fullback - Dillon, SC
Kevin Crosby - Tight End - Bamberg, SC
Shaq Davidson - Wide Receiver - Gaffney, SC
Terry Googer - Wide Receiver - Atlanta, GA
Wesley Green - Cornerback - Lithonia, GA
Al Harris Jr. - Cornerback - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Abu Lamin - Defensive Tackle - Fayetteville NC (Already enrolled)
Chris Lammons - Cornerback -Fort Lauderdale, FL
Blake McClain - Defensive End - Jacksonville, FL
Kalan Ritchie - Defensive End - Goose Creek, SC
Tyshun Samuel - Wide Receiver - Inman, SC
Dante Sawyer - Defensive End - Suwanee, GA
Michael Scarnecchia - Quarterback - Fleming Island, FL
D.J. Smith - Cornerback - Marietta, GA
Donell Staley - Offensive Line - Floydale, SC
Taylor Stallworth - Defensive Tackle - Mobile, AL
Jhaustin Thomas - Defensive End - Covington, GA
Dexter Wideman - Defensive Tackle - Saluda, SC
Bryson Allen-Williams - Defensive Tackle - Ellenwood, GA
Malik Young - Offensive Lineman - Pelzer, SC