Wednesday wasn’t much different than any other day for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
He went to his "usual workout" around 10:30 a.m., popped in the office to check the fax machine and made a few phone calls.
It might not sound like a typical National Signing Day at many schools, but for Spurrier and a Gamecock staff that’s coming off back-to-back 11-win seasons, it works.
"You’re not going to see me doing a whole bunch of rah-rahing on signing day," Spurrier said. "I don’t think I ever have too much, but it’s an important day. I’m not trying to sound like it’s not important, but we’d rather make our noise out here at Williams-Brice on game day."
The Gamecocks have done plenty of that the last three seasons, and Spurrier is hoping the 2013 class that consists of 21 signees helps USC get over the hump.
"We believe it’s a bunch of good, solid young men that will fit in very well here at South Carolina and help us continue winning a whole bunch of games and hopefully a conference championship real soon," he said.
Still, there wasn’t much hoopla surrounding this year’s crop. ESPN went to several schools for live broadcasts; USC wasn’t one of them. Several coaches went on national television, applauding their freshly signed recruits.
"I think some schools like to celebrate this day," receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. said. "I don’t necessarily think that’s our ultimate objective, to make this our most important day of the year."
South Carolina still showed up in the recruiting rankings. The Gamecocks landed at No. 16 on Rivals.com’s list and No. 17 on ESPN’s rankings.
Spurrier’s staff pulled in eight four-star recruits and got a surprise when LB Skai Moore, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native who ranks 19th nationally at his position, signed late Wednesday.
"That was nice to have him come," Spurrier Jr. said. "It was a nice way to close out the day."
USC landed just four recruits from its own state, but it picked up six players from Georgia and four from North Carolina.
"In our state this year, the numbers weren’t as high as they’ve been in the past and I think they’re going to be higher next year," Spurrier Jr. said. "When that happens you kind of move on to one of your next closest states."
The Gamecocks met a huge need by gaining six linebackers; with four seniors from last year’s squad gone, the coaches expect some of those incoming freshmen to see immediate playing time.
Moore and Larenz Bryant (Charlotte, N.C.), another four-star, could play at LB or "Spur" while David Johnson (Lithonia, Ga.) and Gerald Tuner (Goose Creek) are three-star guys who are both nearly 250 pound already. Spurrier is also high on Jonathan Walton (Daphne, Ala.), who was wooed by in-state Auburn late in the recruiting process but held firm to his Gamecock commitment.
South Carolina topped off a heavy defensive recruiting class with Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga.), a big defense tackle who Spurrier is excited to see develop.
USC also bolstered its offensive line, adding five big bodies. D.J. Park (Dillon) and Na’Ty Rodgers are both four-star linemen.
"This was a year we were able to get four or five guys and they looked pretty good.," Spurrier said. "Next year we’ll probably be a little lighter on the O-line but coach (Shawn) Elliot is fired up about these guys."
Surprisingly, there are no receivers in the 2013 class; Spurrier Jr. said they didn’t want to settle for an "average" wideout but kept lines open in case a strong talent showed interest.
The coaches were happy to land QB Connor Mitch, who’s already enrolled, and David Williams, a running back from Philadelphia who Spurier feels could immediately compete, to complete the offensive side of the ball.
"We didn’t get a lot of PR (Wednesday), but that’s OK," Spurrier said. "It’s a good, solid bunch of guys, an excellent group. It may turn out to be one of our best groups. Who knows until we kick it off and start playing?"