USC signees and their NFL comparisons

February 19, 2012 

Jody Fuller

JOSH HOKE — jhoke@thestate.com

Rivals.com features a “reminds us of” comparison for some of the nation’s top high school prospects that suggests a similar NFL player. Here are the four players in this year’s South Carolina signing class who Rivals offers an NFL counterpart.

Brock Stadnik

OT, 6-5/287, Greensboro, N.C. (Western Guilford)

Reminds Rivals of: Jeff Backus, OT, 6-5/305, Detroit Lions

Analyst comments: “He’s one of the top players in the state of North Carolina. His dad played in the NFL. He knows the game. He understands the game. He’s as mentally read as anybody in this class.” – Chad Simmons, Scout.com

Mike Davis

RB, 5-9/216, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

Reminds Rivals of: Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, 5-9/198, New York Giants

Analyst comments: “Mike Davis might be the most complete back in the country. He has the size to be an every-down back. He’s a tough north-south runner. He can catch the ball. He’s very comfortable and enthusiastic about the blocking game. He’s a three-down back who you don’t have to take out of the game who can carry the workload and really be the horse.” – Barton Simmons, 247Sports

Jody Fuller

WR, 5-11/201, Monroe, N.C. (Sun Valley)

Reminds Rivals of: Hines Ward, WR, 5-10/205, Pittsburgh Steelers

Analyst comments: “He catches the ball out in front and does a good job catching most of what has been thrown his way and using his wide frame to box out defenders. Fuller is also good at getting upfield after the catch and you can tell defensive backs will bounce off him at times at the next level. He can play inside or outside so he has versatility.” – Mike Farrell, Rivals.com

Shaq Roland

WR, 6-1/173, Lexington, S.C. (Lexington)

Reminds Rivals of: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, 6-2/203, Baltimore Ravens

Analyst comments: “Roland is better than I thought he was. I thought he was good, a top 100 player for sure. I initially was the type of guy who thought he would be a better defensive player. There’s no doubt he has a chance to be a special wide receiver. … Shaq Roland isn’t Alshon Jeffery as far as size, but he could be that dynamic pass catcher that can make big plays and catch 80 balls.” – Mike Farrell, Rivals.com

Compiled by Dwayne McLemore

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