Shaq Davidson to South Carolina: Gamecocks Land 4-Star WR Prospect

Justin OnslowContributor IIJuly 3, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports
Photo courtesy of 247Sports

Every good offense needs a deep-threat receiver who can stretch the field and wreak havoc on a defensive backfield. That’s the kind of talent 4-star receiver Shaq Davidson brings to the table, and he’ll be showcasing it for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2014 season, according to

The 6’0”, 170-pound wideout is ranked No. 8 nationally at the position according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, but there aren’t many receivers in this class with the home run speed and fluid athleticism Davidson displays.

As he shows in the video above, Davidson has the breakaway speed, lateral agility and field vision to be a playmaker on both special teams (as a returner) and after the catch with the ball in his hands. He’ll need to spend some time in a college weight room to hold up to the rigors of the game at the next level, but his mix of height and speed will make Davidson a solid contributor in his formative years.

Davidson also shows tremendously soft hands and the ability to pluck the ball at its high point. His body control and route-running abilities are also among the best of any receiver in the nation.

The Gaffney, South Carolina native garnered plenty of attention from SEC schools looking for a versatile and athletic offensive playmaker. Georgia and Auburn were among those schools, as were Big Ten programs like Ohio State and a handful of ACC squads in Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech.

The Gamecocks will have an opportunity to get a closer look at the standout at the Army All American Bowl in January, as officially reported on the game’s Twitter account in April:

During his sophomore campaign, Davidson recorded 29 receptions for 683 yards and eight touchdowns.