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      Spurrier: Recruiting ranks aren't everything

      The Gamecocks 2013 recruiting class ranks 17th according to ESPN.

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- On paper, the Gamecocks 2013 recruiting class certainly will not blow you away, but there always seem to be those few "diamond in the rough's" that Steve Spurrier hopes will pan out over the next four years.

      USC's 2013 class ranks 17th according to ESPN and includes two players ranked in the ESPN 150, and four falling under the ESPN 300 list. When it comes down to it, the head ball coach believes it's not the number that is placed on a program, it is how you perform on Saturday's.

      "It's an important day," Spurrier said. "I'm not trying to sound like it's not important, but we'd rather make our noise out here in Williams-Brice on game day."

      The Gamecocks 2013 class includes 21 signees, 13 of those coming on the defensive side of the ball.

      "We signed more defensive players than offense because we had more seniors on last year's team there," Spurrier said. "There's a chance that a lot of these guys could come in and play this coming year."

      Only four signees for the Gamecocks were in-state players, but it's a number that Steve Spurrier Junior says will always vary from year to year.

      "The numbers weren't as high in our state this year, and I think they're going to be higher next year," Spurrier Jr. said. "When that happens, you kind of move on to one of your next closest states."

      The Gamecocks signed a total of 11 players from SEC states including six from Georgia, four from Florida, and one in Alabama.