Top UGA target feels Spurrier will coach ‘at least four more years’

Steve Spurrier (right) of South Carolina (AP)

Steve Spurrier (right) has beat Clemson five in a row (AP)

There’s always speculation about how much longer Steve Spurrier will coach college football.

It’s something that competing schools have tried to use against the Head Ball Coach on the recruiting trail over the last decade.

And Spurrier, 69, didn’t exactly do anything to quiet the speculation with his comments to reporters after the loss to Tennessee – although the jaw-dropping win over Florida the following week might’ve changed his tune.

Darius Slayton (AJC)

Darius Slayton (AJC)


One of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects, Darius Slayton, is considering South Carolina, along with UGA and Tennessee.

And the 4-star wide receiver from Greater Atlanta Christian high school doesn’t have any concerns about Spurrier being his coach if he signed with South Carolina. Slayton took an official visit with the Gamecocks this weekend.

“I think he’ll be there through the next four years,” Slayton said. “Then after that, I don’t know how much longer he’ll keep on going. But everybody there this weekend seemed pretty firm that he’ll be there for the next four years, at least. That’s at the minimum.

“I’m confident if I went there, that Coach Spurrier will be there all four years with me.”

What were the highlights of Slayton’s visit to South Carolina? How did it go? “It went really well,” he said.

“The highlight was probably just getting to hang around the players and seeing all the new things they’re building. They’re doing a lot of good stuff, trying to get their football program in tip-top shape to compete. I would say that was the most impressive part of the trip – to see all the progress they’ll be making over the next few years.”

Slayton, who is rated as the state’s No. 16 overall prospect, said he’s finished with official visits after touring South Carolina, UGA and Tennessee.

When will he make his college decision? He has been hinting that he’s close to reaching it for a couple of months now.

“It will sooner rather than later,” Slayton said. “I’ve done everything I needed to do. I’ve been everywhere I needed to be.”

What will be the deciding factor in his college choice? “I’m not sure,” he said. “I will have to mediate on it a little bit. When I feel 100-percent about where I should go, I think it will just hit me. And then I’ll let the college know.”

UGA is the frontrunner for Slayton, according to the 247sports Crystal Ball predictions, followed by Tennessee. The Volunteers have emerged as a serious threat after Slayton’s GAC teammate, defensive back Micah Abernathy, committed to the Volunteers last month.

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