Steve Spurrier gives props to Georgia football talent

Steve Spurrier (AP file)

Steve Spurrier (AP file)

Steve Spurrier gave the state of Georgia a little love during his SEC teleconference on Wednesday.

South Carolina plays host to UGA on Saturday.

The Gamecocks have 27 high school players from the fertile recruiting grounds of Georgia on their current roster.

“As we all know, the state of Georgia plays high school football as well as anybody in the country,” Spurrier said.

South Carolina has several assistants that recruit the Atlanta area, with the highest-profile coach being defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

South Carolina has 10 of its 22 starters from Georgia, including All-SEC running back candidate Mike Davis and the entire defensive secondary. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Center: Alan Knott, Fr. (RS), Sandy Creek High School
  • Tight end: Rory Anderson, Sr., McEachern High School
  • Running back: Mike Davis, Jr., Stephenson High School
  • Defensive end: Darius English, Soph., McEachern High School
  • Middle linebacker: TJ Holloman, Soph., St. Pius high school
  • Spur: Sharrod Golightly, Sr., Southwest DeKalb High School
  • Cornerback: Rico McWilliams, Soph., Lovejoy High School
  • Cornerback: Brison Williams, Sr., Northside High School
  • Safety: Chris Moody, Soph., Henry County High School
  • Free safety: TJ Gurley, Jr., Cairo High School

Note: This was from last week’s depth chart vs. East Carolina

Over the last four years, South Carolina has focused squarely on Georgia, and signed 31 players from Peach State. The Gamecocks also have seven commitments from Georgia scheduled to sign in February.

Here’s a breakdown of some out-of-state schools that have signed the most Georgia players over the past four years, according to Bleacher Report’s Sanjay Kirpalani: South Carolina (31), Auburn (25), Tennessee (19), Alabama (14) and Clemson (11).

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