Shane Beamer discusses how beating Tennessee and Clemson helped South Carolina's recruiting
Shane Beamer saw South Carolina pick up a pair of unbelievable wins to wrap up its 2022 regular season.
In successive weeks, the Gamecocks defeated Tennessee 63-38 at Williams-Brice Stadium — South Carolina’s most points in a game since 1995 and the most points ever surrendered by Tennessee in an SEC game — and dropped Clemson at Memorial Stadium by a 31-30 final to break the Tigers’ 40-game home winning streak while snapping a 7-game skid against their archrival.
Needless to say, those games provided Beamer and his Gamecocks staff a significant boost in the recruiting ranks, especially as they gave their final pitches to high school players ahead of the beginning of the Early Signing Period. All but 1 member of the country’s No. 18 recruiting class in the 2023 cycle signed on Wednesday.
“It certainly solidified things with the guys that were committed to us,” Beamer said on Wednesday’s “Paul Finebaum Show”. “We won some major battles, for some young men that signed today, with some prominent schools down the stretch, and I’d be lying if I said that those 2 games didn’t have an impact on their decision, just seeing where we’re headed and what we’ve done to this point.”
That effect also extended to those in the transfer portal. Four players, headlined by tight ends Trey Knox (Arkansas) and Nick Elksnis (Florida), have announced their intent to transfer to South Carolina for the 2023 season.
“Obviously those players watching those 2 games, [it] made an impact on them as well for them to say that this was a place they wanted to be a part of, for sure,” Beamer said.
✅ Beat No. 5 Tennessee
✅ Beat No. 8 Clemson
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 21, 2022