USC missed on a major local target this week when WR Antonio Williams of Dutch Fork committed to Clemson. The Gamecocks are hoping to have better success with WR Zavier Short (6-1 181) of Chapin. Short currently is committed to Appalachian State, but Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer offered him December 1st, and the lure of the SEC and the hometown team is weighing heavily on Short.
“I kind of know what I want to do,” Short said Friday morning. “I love both schools. South Carolina is close, it’s home. App State, they’ve been on me forever. I kind of fell in love when I went there. Hopefully, sometime Sunday or Monday I’ll figure it out for sure. Obviously when I committed to Appalachian State, I didn’t have this opportunity to go to South Carolina. It definitely makes me step back and re-evaluate my situation again. I’m just excited for it, excited for the next level.”
Short added that it be easy for him to decide to go to USC because it’s close to home, but that won’t be the primary reason he goes with the Gamecocks if he chooses to go that way.
“I think I can play wherever I want to go, and what they are trying to get me to do, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to get on the field early,” Short said. “I won’t have to wait behind a bunch of guys because there aren’t many people doing what they want me to do. And all the coaches and everything, it’s a great place.”
Proving his point about the coaches, Short said the USC coaches checked on him this week while he was at practice for Saturday’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl in Myrtle Beach.
“Coach Beamer called me last night (Thursday),” Short said. “He was in Virginia getting ready to fly around, and he said he was thinking of me and wanted to give me a call and see how the week is going here (Touchstone Energy Cooperates Bowl). Coach (Justin) Stepp and coach (Erik) Kimrey text me to see how the week’s going. They’re good guys.”
This season Short caught 67 passes for 1038 yards and 14 touchdowns. For his career he had 217 receptions for 3391 yards.