A Fox Carolina sports interview caught Jake and Bobby Bentley’s recent remarks about the Clemson game, a 56-7 loss. Clemson fans have been quick to ridicule Jake’s comments, “they were not that much better than us.” Even Clemson’s star quarterback, @DeshaunWatson, has chimed in:
There was NEVER a chance! https://t.co/f0ML5gnL3T
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) May 26, 2017
— Aaron Cheslock (@AaronCheslock) May 24, 2017
In the clip, Jake Bentley explained how the lopsided loss provides off-season motivation for the Gamecocks. His comment is reminiscent of Dabo Sweeny’s remarks after Clemson was waxed 51-14 by Florida State in 2013: “If we played FSU 10 times, they probably win five and we’d win five.”
More interesting to me in this clip, was the comment by Bobby Bentley about closing the talent gap with Clemson through recruiting.
We’ve got guys like Jake that are picking South Carolina over Alabama. Picking South Carolina over LSU. Picking South Carolina over Georgia.
Indeed, the 2017 recruiting class, while not overwhelming in terms of star power, does reflect that the Gamecocks won recruiting battles against traditional powers as well as their in-state rival, Clemson.