Much has been made about the number of walk-ons South Carolina has on its depth chart, and now fans and pundits are beginning to question the program’s ability to recruit top talent. The main reason: a lack of investment in recruiting.
South Carolina spent $302,249 on recruiting during the 2012-13 school year, according David Cloninger of The State, the least of the 13 SEC programs that had financial data available (Vanderbilt is a private institution and isn’t obligated to release financial information). Meanwhile, programs such as Tennessee and Auburn are spending more than $1 million annually on recruiting.
This comes in the wake of head coach Steve Spurrier admitting earlier in the week that South Carolina’s talent evaluation in the recruiting process hasn’t been spot on, saying, “Yeah we missed on some guys.”
Recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. see things somewhat differently and believes the influx of walk-ons or former walk-ons on South Carolina’s depth chart — seven to be exact — is a result of talented walk-ons, not scholarship players who weren’t up to snuff.
“It means we’ve got some good walk-ons,” Spurrier Jr. told Cloninger. “There’s a lot of great walk-ons that get passed up and just don’t get the opportunities they deserve.”
The Gamecocks play UGA — which ranks seventh in the SEC in recruiting spending — this Saturday in Athens.
USC recruiting — 'The scholarship guys have not been quite the hit that maybe we thought they were going to be' http://t.co/8ler8rgWFZ
— David Cloninger (@DCTheState) September 18, 2015