Spurrier expects immediate impact from Clowney

South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier walks around during day one of the 2011 SEC Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

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Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 9:22 p.m.

Expectations in Columbia are high for true freshman defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the nation's No. 1 recruit, and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is doing nothing to temper them.

Spurrier said he expects Clowney to have an immediate impact on the USC defense.

“We're really interested in watching him play this year,” Spurrier said. ”He'll be out there early and often, and we think he's going to be a super player and a real good guy for us.”

Spurrier said signing the nation's top recruit was a huge first for USC.

“He said, ‘I've got confidence that my home state university can win big,' “ Spurrier said. “It sends a message that we can win.”

Gamecocks staying grounded

Spurrier doesn't seem too worried about the Gamecocks getting too full of themselves after winning the Eastern Division last season — and being the favorite this season.

“We lost our last two games last season, so we're not sitting around patting ourselves on the back too much,” Spurrier said. “We got clobbered in the SEC game by Auburn and didn't play when the game was on the line.

“Against FSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, we fought back, got in the game, but when it was on the line, didn't do much. We've got a long way to go.”

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