One of the quietest signing days in the SEC came from Columbia, South Carolina. While Wednesday may have been quiet for South Carolina, that shouldn’t be confused for a lack of success, as the Gamecocks had the vast majority of its 2018 recruiting class already in the fold heading into National Signing Day.
By the end of the day, South Carolina finished with the No. 19 recruiting class in the nation and the No. 7 class in the SEC. Will Muschamp’s program signed a total of 22 prospects, which includes nine four-star and 13 three-star prospects.
The only bad news of the second signing period came from four-star in-state prospect Bryce Thompson. His status remains unclear at this time and he did not sign with the school despite being a committed member of South Carolina’s signing class.
Muschamp met with the media to discuss his program’s latest haul. He opened his segment with some positivity regarding the team’s recruiting haul while cautioning fans to give the prospects time to grow in Columbia.
“We got better today, and I’ll say the same thing every year: we’ll know about this class in two or three years. At the end of the day, football is a developmental game, and the recruiting process is evaluation, the recruitment, and then the development when they get on campus. That’s the process we’re in, as far as that’s concerned when they get here,” Muschamp said.
“The last two signing classes have produced 18 starters, two captains, and really only the second and third captains elected as true sophomores in school history. That tells you something about the character of the guys we’ve got. Plus nine contributors, so the last two signing classes have produced a bunch of good football players for us that have enabled us to continue to make some progress in our program.”
Muschamp also gave an update on rehabbing defender Bryson Allen-Williams:
“Bryson Allen-Williams will be limited. I don’t really know how much contact and things he will be able to do, but he will be out there,” the coach said.
The South Carolina coach’s full press conference was shared online and can be viewed below: