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Gamecocks reaping recruiting rewards

First SEC East title gives major boost to Spurrier, South Carolina

Updated: July 15, 2011, 11:25 PM ET
By Jamie Newberg | ESPN Recruiting

In the first 17 SEC championship games, only Florida, Georgia and Tennessee represented the Eastern side of the conference. This past season, the University of South Carolina finally broke through, won the division and made the trip to the Georgia Dome for the conference title game. Along the way, Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks beat their rivals and put together the nation's No. 15 recruiting class. From a football standpoint, things are looking pretty darn good in Columbia, S.C., right now.

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