I want to take a second to talk a little recruiting. (While I am pretending to pay attention during a meeting)
First, Jarvis Giles has declared his intent to become a Gamecock. This is outstanding news. One of the biggest needs for us is a speedy elusive back that hits the hole hard. (giggle) Baker does this for us a little now, but we could really use some depth here. I am very glad that Giles has decided to play his college ball in Columbia. Now if we can get a little more talent on the O-line and some depth at QB, we could be good to go.
That leads me into point 2. SOS era recruiting is looking pretty good. This is shaping up to be our 2nd top 10 , maybe top 5, class in four years. That's pretty impressive. I think that it is difficult for some fans to look at the record and the tough losses to see the direction and effort of Spurrier and his staff. HBC's took on a massive rebuilding project when he came here. (and I use rebuilding loosely here, more like 'building project') This is in a division that includes Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. He has had to work on talent and recruiting bases, fans, facilities, and bringing in an entire coaching staff on what was available at the time and then weed out the elements that were not helping us move forward. Don't get me wrong, all of our coaches over the last 4 years have been talented. But not all of them have fit Spurrier's system, coaching philosophy, and dedication. Being mediocre as a coach as well as a player does not cut it in the SEC. Being OK with mediocre means that you will be doomed to watch others shine. That is the nature of the business. Hell, its the nature of life. If you are going to perform on a weekly basis in this league, you need highly motivated coaches as well as players. When that doesn't happen, you have losses to Vanderbilt, Clemson, and lose by large margins to Florida. Hopefully, these things are changing. Hopefully we are becoming more like Florida and less like Mississippi State. Recruiting classes like this one are the foundations that these changes are built upon.