"The program got better today."
Those five words summed up Will Muschamp's feelings about the 20 players he signed on the first day of the early signing period.
USC's head coach, who will wrap up his second season New Year's Day in the Outback Bowl, has seen the last two recruiting classes make an impact on the depth chart.
"We’ll know about this class, as I say every year and I’ll say again in February, we’ll know about this class in two or three years," Muschamp said.
"But I really think, as far as critical factors are concerned, at every position we hit more and more of what we want our football team to be and look like. We’re moving forward, and that’s exciting.
“The last two signing classes, we’ve produced 18 starters and nine major contributors. You’re talking about 27 guys on your football team that are playing in their first or second year and are major contributors to your organization."
Two local offensive linemen signed with USC and will be eligible to enroll in January which allows them to take part in winter conditioning and spring practice. Lugoff-Elgin's Wyatt Campbell and Chapin's Hank Manos put pen to paper at their respective schools.