Gaffney WR Shaq Davidson capped a suspense free recruiting experience by putting on a USC cap Tuesday night confirming what the masses have known for months. He wants to play his college football for the Gamecocks. “It feels great to get it off my chest and now I can really focus on the season coming up and more on school work,” Davidson said. “Ever since my tenth grade year when I tore my ACL, I felt like they were the ones there the whole time recruiting me the hardest. They were loving and caring and very welcoming. I just felt like that was the place for me to go.” Davidson said he developed a strong relationship with Gamecock recruiters Shawn Elliott and Steve Spurrier Jr and he made his final decision last week after discussing things with his mother. He notified the Gamecocks last week of his plans. “They said they were going crazy, jumping out of their shoes and they would love for me to be a Gamecocks,” Davidson said. He plans to attend the Black Magic Showcase Camp July 26th and he said the knee injury of two seasons ago is a thing of the past. “I believe I’m 100 percent and I’m glad to be out of the brace,” Davidson said. “I’ve got to get a little more flexibility in my leg. I’m not that flexible.” But he was flexible enough in the Gaffney offense last season to catch 24 passes for 340 yards and 10 TDs. Then after moving to quarterback, he passed for 900 yards and 9 TDs and rushed for 600 yards and 7 scores. Davidson becomes USC’s 9th commitment for the 2014 class.
6-5 LJ Peak of Gaffney is one of the nation’s most talented players in the 2014 class and Tuesday night he put his ability to reverse directions on display. After first putting on a USC cap indicating a commitment to the Gamecocks, Peak tossed it aside and replaced it with a Georgetown Hoya cap, much to the shock of the partisan Gamecock crowd in attendance. “I just figured Georgetown can get me to the next level and so I just happened to choose Georgetown,” Peak said. “They have a great history and I just thought why not join the history. South Carolina ain’t really got a history of great players and getting them to the NBA so I just happened to choose Georgetown.” Peak has never visited Georgetown. He said he made his final decision on Sunday but actually informed the staffs last week. Florida State was the other school on his short list. Most observers felt Peak would choose USC. He and his close friend Shaq Davidson, who committed to the USC football team Tuesday night, visited USC in the spring, and it appeared the Gamecock basketball staff had a strong relationship with him. And for a few seconds Tuesday night, it appeared Frank Martin had landed his highest rated recruit to date at USC when Peak donned the Gamecock cap. “I just thought it would be fun because everybody thought me and Shaq were going to the same school,” Peak explained. “I just thought I’d change it up a little bit. I really thought about going to South Carolina, I just happened to change it.”
Clemson is in position to land WR Artavis Scott of Tarpon Springs, FL later tonight. He’s regarded as the top receiver in Florida for this class and was a standout at Clemson’s camp last month. He has tremendous speed which he showed off at The Opening Monday. Scott is down to Clemson, Florida and Central Florida and most believe he will pick the Tigers. He will announce at around 9:00 PM Tuesday night on ESPNU from The Opening.
The USC baseball team last week landed a commitment from junior second baseman Everett Eynon of AC Flora. Eynon helped lead the Falcons to the 3A state championship last season. He’s the 16th commitment for USC’s 2014 class, the seventh from South Carolina.