QB recap: Mitch the third 4-star signed by Spurrier

GoGamecocks staff reportsJanuary 15, 2013 

Connor Mitch is the third four-star quarterback to sign with the Gamecocks under Steve Spurrier. We look at the 12 quarterbacks who have signed with South Carolina in Spurrier’s eight seasons and how those players have fared.

Four-star quarterbacks

... Stephen Garcia: He signed in the class of 2007 out of Tampa as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. At USC, he threw for 7,597 yards and 47 touchdowns, the third-best figures in school history. Garcia was suspended from the Gamecocks five times before being dismissed from the team midway through his senior season after a failed substance test.

... Connor Mitch: Mitch enrolled in January out of Raleigh and will take part in spring practice. In 12 games as a senior at Wakefield High, he was 306-for-503 passing for 4,661 yards and 63 touchdowns. Rivals rates him the 14th best pro-style quarterback in this class.

... Chris Smelley: From Alabama, Smelley signed with USC in the class of 2006 as the eight-best pro-style quarterback in the country. He had an up-and-down career and ended up transferring to Alabama in 2009 to play baseball. At USC, he had a 9-6 record in 15 career starts, and completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 3,210 yards and 23 touchdowns with 22 interceptions.

Three-star quarterbacks

... Andrew Clifford: Clifford, from Tampa, was a late addition to the class of 2009 and the only quarterback. He saw action late in five career games and was 3-for-5 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Clifford moved on after the 2012 season with one season of eligibility remaining.

... Aramis Hillary: A class of 2008 signee from Strom Thurmond High School, Hillary never took a snap for the Gamecocks and transferred to Coastal Carolina in 2010.

... Reid McCollum: He signed with USC in 2008 out of Summerville High and was the top backup in 2009 behind Stephen Garcia. McCollum left the team in January 2010 but remained in school. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 39 yards and a touchdown in limited action.

... Tanner McEvoy: He was a class of 2011 signee out of New Jersey, where he only played quarterback his senior season. He transferred from USC in August after finding himself fifth on the depth chart.

... Brendan Nosovitch: The redshirt freshman out of Pennsylvania will see his first meaningful snaps this spring. He is Pennsylvania’s career record-holder with 12,877 total yards and second all-time in the state in passing yards (9,249) and touchdown passes (106).

... Connor Shaw: He and Dylan Thompson signed with USC in 2010. Shaw, from Georgia, enrolled mid-year and played in nine games as a true freshman. He was the starter for most of 2011 and 2012, now with 3,403 career passing yards and 30 touchdowns. Shaw has 1,029 rushing yards for his career to go with 11 scores. He is on track to be the first quarterback signed under Spurrier to complete his eligibility.

Two-star quarterbacks

... Tommy Beecher: From North Carolina, Beecher the first quarterback signed at USC by Steve Spurrier. He began the 2008 season as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback against N.C. State, a game in which he was benched after throwing four interceptions and sustaining a concussion and shoulder injury in a 34-0 win. Beecher ended the year on the scout team and was not asked to return to USC for his fifth season.

... Cade Thompson: From Tennessee, he was a part of Spurrier’s first signing class. Thompson played limited snaps as a backup before transferring.

... Dylan Thompson: He signed with USC in 2010 out of Spartanburg and this past season worked his way to be the lead backup, if not the co-starter, to Shaw. Thompson started two games, throwing for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Clemson. He also came off the bench to throw the game-winning touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington in the Outback Bowl.

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