South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier raids Georgia for two more commitments

Steve Spurrier’s raid on Georgia’s college prospects continued with the commitments of McEachern High teammates Rory Anderson and Marcquis Roberts on Wednesday.

With the two new additions, South Carolina has now reached double digits in its Georgia recruiting efforts for the 2011 class — as 11 of 28 commitments are from the state. Last year, the Gamecocks landed six prospects from Georgia.

“South Carolina had a great season in the SEC, and I think a lot of people noticed,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “I know all of our kids want to play in the SEC, especially with their run of national championships. That was an important overall factor.

The timing of the McEachern duo’s announcement was interesting: Why on a Wednesday?

“They both finished a visit last weekend and kind of decided they had seen enough during the overall recruiting process to be able to make a comparison,” Hockman said. “They felt like it was that time.

“And you know how recruiting works? It can get pretty tight with the [scholarship] numbers toward the end, and kids get nervous. They both wanted to play at South Carolina and decided to go ahead and commit so they wouldn’t risk losing that opportunity.”

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Anderson plays tight end and picked South Carolina over Tennessee, among 20 offers. Roberts is a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker who committed to the Gamecocks over West Virginia, Virginia and Cincinnati.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC College Recruiting

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Worm

January 19th, 2011
9:59 pm

Wouldn’t consider that a RAID..South Carolina always has to go out of state because of Clemson and the weak SC high schools..Tennessee does the same..Did Tech or Ga. offer these kids..I doubt it..Makes for good headlines.

Buck strickland

January 19th, 2011
10:11 pm

Good luck to these guys with exception of when they play UGA. Have to agree that “Raid” is a bit strong of a term. Pretty cheap journalism. If this is a “raid” hate to see what you’d call what Bama and AU are doing in our state Chip…

The Alchemist

January 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

Worm is correct. Congrats to the kids, they are good players. But Carvell should know that 184 Georgia kids last year alone signed with D1 schools. Tech and Georgia can’t get them all.

SouthGADawg

January 19th, 2011
10:28 pm

4th yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SouthGADawg

January 19th, 2011
10:29 pm

More GA boys playing D-1 ball.

Denver Dog

January 19th, 2011
10:35 pm

Shoddy Journalism indeed. What is worse, is that they put Chip Towers picture on top of the story.

Atl_Dawg

January 19th, 2011
10:56 pm

Congrats South Carolina. Pretty sure Clowney isn’t going to be there come Fall. I’m happy to see Georgia boys getting picked up by some good programs. Just goes to show that our state has some supreme talent through and through.

Hiram Dawg

January 19th, 2011
11:01 pm

Yawn. I wish these young men the best. Wish AJC would ‘raid’ a quality journalism school for writers who don’t overhype their stories.

dawgs01

January 19th, 2011
11:52 pm

Congrats to these young men. UGA and Tech cant get them all thats why i wish GA southern would go D1 that would keep some boys in state and they could get some from North FL. I think if GASou would D1 they would be a bowl team within 3-4 yrs just bc of the talent in GA. I am sure these kids going to SC will be great and in a few yrs i will be cussing our coaching staff for not getting these boys. You cant get them all and you never know who is mature enough to handle college football and who is still developing some of these 5 star guys have peaked and never do much. When they do the draft this yr watch and see over 60% where 3 star players.

Reptillicide

January 20th, 2011
12:38 am

What the hell kind of article title is that, Carvell? Neither of these kids were on Georgia’s radar… is Vanderbilt “raiding” Georgia when they get the guys that didn’t have offers from either of the in-state programs?

Good grief, you’re just another worthless journalist looking to spark controversy where there is none. Lousy hack.

nash

January 20th, 2011
12:40 am

Great point with all the talent in this state there should be another d1 school. Good luck to those two but not so much when it is time to play the DAWGS

Reptillicide

January 20th, 2011
12:45 am

Both guys rated 3 stars, neither had offers from UGA or GT.

It’s a recruiting coup I tell you! Gamecock raid!

recruitnik

January 20th, 2011
1:09 am

OMG chip towers you guys are getting more moronic.. spurrier is raiding georgia getting 2 more 3 stars with no offers from the instate schools.. that is freaking hilarious.

Reality Check

January 20th, 2011
1:38 am

Raids? The AJC gets worse and worse every day. I’m not sure who is worse, the recruiting writers or Bill Rankin. Both are terrible.

Chip Towers

January 20th, 2011
1:42 am

recruitnik: I think the point here is more than a third of a South Carolina recruiting class is made up of players from Georgia, not how many stars they’re rated. But glad we could give you a laugh.

Ballz Deep

January 20th, 2011
8:01 am

It’s a panty raid!!!

Salinsa

January 20th, 2011
8:34 am

I’m not one to complain about the AJC’s supposed vendetta against UGA but Chip, you have to agree that this is an extremely broad use of raid’ in this instance. Here’s the definition of raid and being that S Car wasnt competing with UGA or Tech for their GA recruits, please explain to me which of these definitions apply to their reported raid of the state:

Raid: a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed from an enemy or competitor; a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor’s employees, members, etc.

clemchem

January 20th, 2011
8:38 am

I guess with the “Houston Nutt rule” governing all SEC schools, the chickens are done with recruiting … Clowney will have to go elsewhere.

Unbelievable

January 20th, 2011
8:39 am

Chip Towers, your whole operation over there is a joke!

Buck strickland

January 20th, 2011
8:57 am

Chip, I think there’s a feeling among UGA fans that the AJC is piling on negative reporting of the program. Saying that our state is being “raided” by yet another program, when actually it’s not, just magnifies this point.

Old Dawg

January 20th, 2011
9:31 am

UGA can and does get good recruits – Richt and staff just can’t coach them to be winners.

JDBCOCK

January 20th, 2011
9:51 am

It is really nice that times have changed as this type of story is what I use to read in The State paper. Now that we have the better program and we do most of these comments are from insecure fans as they struggle to get up off the ground. Clowney will be in Columbia along with the best running back and receiver in the nation. George Rogers, Stering Sharpe, Eric Norwood, Dunta Robinson etc… were also unwanted by you guys and that working out pretty well. Keep them coming we luv your rejects.

Brian

January 20th, 2011
9:56 am

You folks kill me…. if they didn’t write a blog you’d whine…. if they do write a blog you whine… I’ll leave my adult comments alone for now. They are trying to feed you cause they know you are hhungry for any tidbit…. good or bad.

Chip Towers

January 20th, 2011
11:33 am

Buck Strickland: Check again. I didn’t write a thing.

Chip Towers

January 20th, 2011
11:35 am

Salinsa: Get over the word “raid.” Out-of-state teams recruit a lot of players out of the state of Georgia. It’s not good, bad or indifferent. It’s a fact!

JB

January 20th, 2011
12:06 pm

Good year to come into to Georgia to pick off a few. Better than most years i might say. We’ve hung our late commits on 5 or 6 elites. Gone be trouble if this plan fails

salinsa

January 20th, 2011
12:23 pm

You are right that it is a fact that many out of state schools recruit Georgia heavily. There’s no disputing that. And it’s a good thing that they do because those schools are providing opportunities for many kids who many not have one otherwise.

However, in the instance of South Carolina, to label their recruiting efforts in Georgia as raiding is extremely misleading. Another state that has heavy out of state recruiting is Florida. Last year, Troy signed 11 players from that state. So would you say they raided Florida for recruits?

Chip, as someone who works for a newspaper, you of all people should know that how a word is used definitely matters so I’m surprised that you’d tell me to get over the use of a word.So I’m surprised that you’d say, “get over the word raid”. Proper word choice is the difference between straight forward reporting and sensationalism. Chip or Michael, I’m sure it’s just you guys story just to write these reports and it’s someone else’s job to write the title but don’t you think it’s reasonable to believe that using ‘raid’ is really overhyping S Carolina’s recruiting efforts in Georgia.

Uncle Chin

January 20th, 2011
1:00 pm

Good job sensationalizing Chip!

Thrift Town bag boy

January 20th, 2011
1:36 pm

If you morons would be aware when reading a story, you would have noticed that Chip did not even write this story. The man is just doing his job !
Casaloma crue represent !!

BiGame

January 20th, 2011
1:57 pm

UGA fans are going to be jealous of SC again next year. Spurrier does MORE with 3-STAR and 4-STAR recruits than Richt does with all of his 4-STAR and 5-STAR players.

I think everyone knows this truth except the arrogant UGA fanbase.

Uncle Chin

January 20th, 2011
1:59 pm

Good point Thrift Town (aka Chip). Regardless of whomever wrote the article, Michael, or the editor, did the usual negative slant headline trick to get more hits to the article and to the site. This tactic is old and stale.

Uncle Chin

January 20th, 2011
2:02 pm

BiGame, quick, name the last time SC won a SEC championship, or any championship for that matter.

**Crickets**

JDBCOCK

January 20th, 2011
3:39 pm

Yea Old and Stale just like Georgia football

Griff Smith

January 20th, 2011
6:12 pm

Who cares? South Carolina will never come into GA and get a kid that UGA really wants. Obviously, UGA wasn’t interested in them. You cannot get them all. I guess they are trying to pay UGA back for “raiding” South Carolina and getting AJ Green.

NDIrish5

January 20th, 2011
9:20 pm

You laugh at the talent in SC. Georgia has great football talent, no doubt. Look at the last 5 years, SC has the number one or two ranked players being recruited(Dunlap-Fl, Bowers-Clem, Clowney). I don’t see any Georgia boys ranked that high. Hey, thanks for Tuitt.

Xman

January 21st, 2011
12:32 pm

Hey Dawg fans, do you remember that the Gamecocks won the SEC East!!!! We must be doing something right! We see talent, not the inflated 4 stars that is like buying a shiny new Hundai and think you got a Jaguar!!! See you in September at Sanford Stadium wher we will win again!

Jim Baxter

January 21st, 2011
7:56 pm

“Wouldn’t consider that a RAID..South Carolina always has to go out of state because of Clemson and the weak SC high schools” WORM, do you really believe that comment? Which team in Georgia would you put on the field against Byrnes? Oh, wait, you guys tried that last season. “Weak?” How’s this for weak…2009: Alshon Jeffrey; 2010: Marcus Lattimore; 2011: Jadaveon Clowney…not to mention the cherry picks you got from South Carolina, like A.J. Green. Give Carvell a break…he’s calling it like he see’s it; and as long as these kids get an education, who cares about them leaving the border. http://jimbaxterrecruitingnews.blogspot.com/

Ben Simpson

January 22nd, 2011
9:47 am

I love how Georgia fan’s think that because UGA was not interested the players must not have been that good. UGA has supposedly had a top ten class every year for the past 10 years. USC only has had one top 12 class in the past 20 years and we still have the same amount of SEC East championships as Georgia LOL that should make Georgia fans a little miffed

Kevin Everett

January 22nd, 2011
7:26 pm

Raided Georgia? Neither UGA nor Ga Tech even OFFERED Anderson or Roberts. So let’s make it clear that Spurrier hasn’t raided anything, much less the state of Georgia. Get with it!

Kevin Everett

January 22nd, 2011
8:00 pm

Hey Ben Simpson, you’re a true Gamechicken, huh? UGA has had 3 SEC East Championships & 2 SEC Championships – how is that the same number as the Gamechicken’s one SEC East Championship in the past 10 years? Oh, and by the way, how many MAJOR bowls have the Gamechickens played in the same past 10 years? Or ever for that matter? None – count ‘em, NONE!