Steve Spurrier should be absolutely thrilled as we close in on the 237th anniversary of out nation’s Declaration of Independence from the tyrannical King George III of Great Britain. Yes, I finally found a way to use both Spurrier and King George in the same sentence.
Why? On Tuesday, the South Carolina Gamecocks head coach received a verbal commitment from arguably the best player in the Palmetto State, receiver Shaq Davidson.
Spurrier is getting a pure playmaker in the form of Davidson, who is picking SC over Auburn. The star from Gaffney High School (Gaffney, S.C.) began turning heads during his sophomore season when he had not one, but two 99-yard touchdowns in the form of a kick return and a reception.
The 6-foot, 170-pound Davidson played quarterback last season at Gaffney, but that was strictly due to lack of depth, and a need to get the ball in his hands on every single play. The result was a 4A State Championship last fall. Still, even considering his success under center, Davidson will be switching back to his more natural position at wide out for the college game.
And he looks to have all the skills necessary to be a highly productive receiver in the worlds toughest conference. Yes, he’ll need to bulk up a little bit before he goes across the middle of an SEC defense, but he’s incredibly quick and gets good separation, has strong hands, catches the ball away from his body, ability to make defenders miss, can run the entire route tree effectively, etc. These are just a few of the things that stick out about Davidson after watching his film.
The Gamecocks started the 2014 recruiting cycle relatively slow, with only one commitment from the start of the year until nearly May, but have since picked up the pace. With the addition of Davidson, SC is now up to nine verbal commitments, with five of them being ranked 4-star prospects. Slowly, they’re working their way up the team recruiting rankings, and are now up to 31st according to rivals.com.