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Top 20 signing classes for South Carolina, Clemson

Top 20 signing classes for South Carolina, Clemson

From the Associated Press:

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Both Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney say they filled their needs with the 2014 signing class.

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.

Clemson reached across the border to Georgia to find a possible heir for record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and grab the nephew of Bulldogs Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney signed 22 players Wednesday, six of them from the neighboring Peach State.

Quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga., is the state's career record holder in total offense and combined touchdowns. He enrolled in January to try and compete for Boyd's starting job.

Longtime Clemson fans still brag about how Walker never scored a touchdown in three games against the Tigers. Now, they've got something to else to hold over Walker with the signing of his nephew, tight end Milan Richard of Savannah, Ga.

All six of the Tigers' Georgia signees had offers to play for the Bulldogs.

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