USC Friday gained a commitment from one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Braden Davis (6-5 184) of Middletown, DE. Davis is rated a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #5 dual-threat quarterback nationally in the class. He chose USC from a final group that also included Stanford, West Virginia, NC State, Duke, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati.
USC head coach Shane Beamer and quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield offered Davis in early April, shortly after he made a personal visit to the campus, and they made him a priority target at that point.
Davis is friends with two other Delaware natives on the Gamecock roster, running back Marshawn Lloyd and defensive end Deebo Williams. Their presence on the team was part of the reason he chose the Gamecocks.
“It’s really a lot of things just lining up,” Davis said. “Having people on the team helped, Marshawn and Deebo. Marshawn is actually a civil engineer (student), so Marshawn is actually proof of being able to get an engineering degree in college and playing at a high level. And coach Beamer, his number one goal is going to be a national championship. I believe he’s getting the program in the right direction. Getting the right type players to make things happen and the national championship is definitely the goal and an undefeated regular season.”
Davis said he made his final decision on Wednesday and placed a call to Beamer to give him the good news.
“I got him on the phone and I was like, hey coach, I’d like to let you know I’ve made my decision,” Davis said. “I built some suspense, and then I let him know I wanted to be a Gamecock. He and coach Satterfield were in the office and they got up and started screaming.”
Along with the two other Delaware products already in the program, Davis’ teammate, DE Tomiwa Durojaiye, visited USC for the spring game and also has an offer from the Gamecocks. The two have talked about playing together in college.
Davis moved to Florida for the 2020 season but suffered an ankle injury in the third game and returned to Delaware. In three games he was 21-47 for 261 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, and he rushed for 44 yards and 2 scores.
His father is Antone Davis, former All-American offensive lineman at Tennessee and the #8 pick in the 1991 Draft.