DT Elijah Davis (6-5 300) of Wagener-Salley and East Mississippi JC was back in Columbia Saturday for a one-day unofficial visit. He was there to meet up with some of the other recruits at the Carolina Cookout and to reconnect with head coach Shane Beamer and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsay. Davis also took an unofficial visit to USC in late May.
“The coaches really got into how a lot of things work around there,” Davis said. “They want me for the three technique. Mostly they want me to rush and bring pressure up the middle.”
The Gamecocks first offered Davis during his junior season when Will Muschamp was still in charge. Beamer and Lindsey quickly followed up on recruiting him once they came on board. Davis said he and Beamer got the chance to talk Saturday.
“He said he really wanted me,” Davis said. “He wants me to be a Gamecock and come back to my hometown.”
Davis said the visit keeps the Gamecocks in a good place with him as they battle primarily with other SEC programs for his services.
“They are one of my top schools right now with Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State and Ole Miss,” Davis said. He also wants to give Auburn a look if he can arrange a visit there.
Davis has not taken any official visits. Those will come during his season, and he said Beamer and Lindsey talked with him about returning for the Georgia game for his visit. He won’t make his commitment call until after the season.