South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier has seen less "negative recruiting" than in the past, but the age-old tactic has not gone extinct.

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Spurrier said his program received some negative recruiting from an unnamed Big Ten school.

"We don't run into much of any negative recruiting around here as SEC coaches," Spurrier told the AJC. "We were involved with a player who was being recruited by a Big Ten school. They got negative a little bit with 'There's a lot of crime in Columbia, the big city. They don't graduate their players,' which was completely untrue. They searched for a little bit of everything but the player came with us anyways."

The Head Ball Coach did not say which specific recruit, but South Carolina signed five with Big Ten connections: linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, tight end KC Crosby, cornerback Wesley Green and defensive tackles Abu Lamin and Dexter Wideman.

South Carolina signed the No. 15 class of the 2014 recruiting season last week, according to 247Sports Composite.