DT Elijah Davis (6-4 300) of Wagener-Salley has been eying going to USC since his junior season in high school. He had to delay things while he finished his two years at East Mississippi JC, but the dream of playing for the Gamecocks has indeed come true.
Davis announced a commitment to the Gamecocks and will join the program in January after playing a second season in Scooba, MS. He visited USC again this month for the bowl practice. Davis made his official visit to USC in October and also visited in May and June.
Some of his other offers were Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Miami, Texas, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and UAB.
Among his other visits since May were stops at Tennessee, Florida State, Alabama and Ole Miss. He made an official visit to Tennessee earlier this month.
Davis was first offered by USC in his junior season of 2019 when Will Muschamp was the head coach. He did not have the grades to go straight to a D-1 program, so it was off to East Mississippi after his senior season at Wagener-Salley.
Shane Beamer and defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey picked back up on the recruiting for the Gamecocks when they arrived on the scene in December of 2020.
“He (Lindsay) said my play style is very good, and I’ve picked up on a lot of things I was slack on in high school. They like that about me.” Davis said earlier this year.
This season Davis recorded 35 total tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
USC 2023 Commitments: (26)
- JUDGE COLLIER CB 6-1 190 LEGION COLLEGIATE
- MONTEQUE RHAMES DE 6-6 240 SUMTER
- ZAVION HARDY DE 6-6 240 MACON, GA
- DESMOND UMEOZULU DE 6-6 240 UPPER MARLBORO, MD
- XZAVIER MCLEOD DT 6-5 324 CAMDEN
- ELIJAH DAVIS DT 6-4 300 EAST MISSISSIPPI JC
- GRAYSON HOWARD LB 6-3 223 JACKSONVILLE
- DONTAVIUS BRASWELL RB 5-11 200 SANDERSVILLE, GA
- MARIO ANDERSON JR. RB 5-11 215 TRANSFER NEWBERRY
- NICK GARGIULO OC 6-5 290 TRANSFER YALE
- TROVON BAUGH OT 6-4 315 ATLANTA
- JATAVIUS SHIVERS OT 6-7 270 VILLA RICA, GA
- MARKEE ANDERSON OT 6-5 280 DORMAN
- OLUWATOSIN BABALADE OT 6-5 296 WASHINGTON, DC
- ZABHARI SANDY SAF 6-1 204 WASHINGTON, DC
- JALON KILGORE SAF 6-2 196 EATONTON, GA
- CAMERON UPSHAW SAF 6-3 185 PERRY, FL
- VICARI SWAIN SAF 6-0 175 CARROLLTON, GA
- CONNOR COX TE 6-6 227 JACKSONVILLE
- KAMRON SANDLIN TE 6-4 210 ANNISTON, AL
- NICK ELKSNIS TE 6-6 243 TRANSFER FLORIDA
- TREY KNOX TE 6-5 245 TRANSFER ARKANSAS
- REID MIKESKA TE 6-6 233 CYPRESS, TX
- KELTON HENDERSON WR 5-11 175 LEHIGH ACRES, FL
- CJ ADAMS WR 6-3 210 MABLETON, GA
- TYSHAWN RUSSELL WR 6-2 185 HARRISBURG, PA