It’s not often a team not on a prospect’s final list a few days prior to his commitment announcement still gets the player, but that was the case for USC with RB Dontavius Braswell (5-11 200) of Sandersville, GA. Braswell Saturday afternoon announced a public commitment to the Gamecocks despite not naming them in his final four on June 29th.
Braswell’s final four schools were Nebraska, Alabama, Oregon and Boston College. Braswell made official visits to USC, Nebraska, Louisville and Boston College. He also visited USC for their spring game in April, the day after getting his offer, and he made a pair of unofficial visits to Nebraska dating back to last season.
Gamecocks’ running backs coach Monterio Hardesty was not deterred by Braswell’s short list, and his work combined with circumstances with some of the other schools got the Gamecocks the recruiting win.
Braswell is one of the fastest backs in Georgia having won the 2A state championships in the 100 and 200 meters in May while going thru spring football practice at the same time. Last season he rushed for 1081 yards and averaged 13.5 yards per carry.
He’s the first running back commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2023 class and the 12th overall.
USC 2023 commitments:
JUDGE COLLIER CB 6-1 190 LEGION COLLEGIATE
GRAYSON HOWARD LB 6-3 223 JACKSONVILLE
DONTAVIUS BRASWELL RB 5-11 200 SANDERSVILLE, GA
TROVON BAUGH OT 6-4 315 ATLANTA
ISAIAH JATTA OT 6-6 310 SNOW JC, UT
DJ GETH OT 6-6 310 DORMAN
ZABHARI SANDY SAF 6-1 204 WASHINGTON, DC
CAMERON UPSHAW SAF 6-3 175 PERRY, FL
JALON KILGORE SAF 6-2 196 EATONTON, GA
CONNOR COX TE 6-6 227 JACKSONVILLE
KAMRON SANDLIN TE 6-4 210 ANNISTON, AL
KELTON HENDERSON WR 5-11 175 LEHIGH ACRES, FL
CJ ADAMS WR 6-3 210 MABLETON, GA