South Carolina Football: Gamecocks Are Likely to Land 2 2014 Top-150 Recruits
On Wednesday, ESPN's Recruiting Nation released its "Hot Board" of the remaining verbally uncommitted players in the ESPN150 and the schools they are projected to commit to.
South Carolina is projected to haul in two players from the ESPN150.
Even though it is early in the 2014 recruiting season, players are verbally committing to schools they are very interested in. The Gamecocks can get an early jump on other schools by grabbing these two players over the summer.
Here are the two ESPN150 recruits who are likely to be wearing garnet and black in the 2014 college football season.
Kevin Crosby, TE
Crosby is No. 83 in the ESPN150 and one of the top tight end recruits in the country.
While relatively short at 6'1", Crosby is a bruiser at 240 pounds and also has technical skills useful to a receiver.
With the Gamecocks emphasis on two-tight end sets throughout the spring, Crosby would be a great addition to mold into a starting tight end.
Current tight ends Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams are matchup nightmares for opposing teams due to their size and receiving abilities, which shows how effective multiple tight end sets can be.
Crosby would probably assume more of a fullback or blocking tight end role because of his lack of a vertical threat.
He has a quick motor with explosive acceleration that brings him to top speed very quickly as seen in Crosby's 4.61 40-yard dash time.
According to ESPN.com's scouting report, "He displays soft hands that pluck the ball out of the air. He comes across as a natural pass catcher who shows very good body control to be able to adjust to the football."
Crosby's soft hands and natural pass-catching abilities, in addition to his powerful blocking make him a promising prospect in the passing game.
Ritchie is long, athletic and similar in build to Adams or Anderson, which makes him a huge target in the passing game.
With Ritchie's receiving and Crosby's ability to work as a sixth offensive lineman or lead blocker out of the backfield, the future could be very bright for Spurrier's two-tight end sets and the Gamecocks' offense.
Shaquille Davidson, WR
Davidson comes in at No. 138 in the ESPN150 as a 4-star wide receiver.
Versatility is the key with Davidson. He has a great burst off the line, sharp route-running, speed after the catch and toughness.
According to ESPN's scouting report, "Davidson shows home run ability and elusiveness as kickoff return specialist, productive running speed on the sweep, can throw wide receiver pass and has lined up as a Wildcat QB some as well. Very good upside with added playing strength and improved route running skills."
Davidson is an in-state recruit and would settle into the wide receiver position, but his potential to impact the game in multiple ways must be why he has caught the attention of Spurrier and his staff.
Spurrier likes true athletes who are game-changing players, and if Davidson commits to South Carolina, Spurrier will land that type of player.
He has length at 6'1", but is a lean and lanky receiver who needs to bulk up a bit.
South Carolina has a young group of receivers right now who have started to come into their own this spring. Davidson would provide another talented athlete who can boost the receiving corps in due time.
The Gamecocks are only projected as the winners in these players' recruitment battles, and only time will tell where they end up. South Carolina is also in the running for other ESPN150 recruits.
Though one thing is certain: Crosby and Davidson would be great additions for the future of the South Carolina offense.
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