USC's Spurrier pays visit to Blackshear, Bluffton High

mmccombs@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2014 

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier visited Bluffton High School on Friday to see defensive end Shameik Blackshear.

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University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier paid a visit to the Lowcountry on Friday, stopping in at Bluffton High School to check in with junior defensive end Shameik Blackshear, a Gamecocks commitment for 2015.

Bobcats head football coach Ken Cribb said Spurrier was joined on the visit by recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier Jr. and running backs coach Everette Sands. Cribb said the visit was routine and lasted about 30 minutes.

"(Spurrier) told him he was excited to have him and he expected big things," Cribb said. "He said they were bringing in a big class this year and were hoping for a big class next year. He told him he'd call him on signing day and to just keep doing what he was doing."

Blackshear, who committed to USC last May, is rated a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and in addition to South Carolina, holds scholarship offers from numerous FBS programs, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, Tennessee and Central Florida.

The Bobcats star didn't match his sophomore numbers, but still managed to become a force on the Bluffton line in 2013 despite missing some time due to injury. He made 70 tackles, including nine for loss, and had five sacks. He forced two fumbles, deflected two passes and had eight quarterback hurries.

This is the second time this week USC coaches have been in Beaufort County. Sands and defensive line coach Deke Adams visited with Hilton Head Island High senior defensive lineman Poona Ford on Monday, according to Seahawks head coach B.J. Payne.

Ford, originally a Louisville commitment, decommitted from the Cardinals when head coach Charlie Strong left for Texas. Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ford holds offers from Louisville, Missouri, Texas and South Carolina, among others.

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