GAFFNEY — Gaffney quarterback/wide receiver Shaq Davidson removed his coat to unveil his Gamecock T-shirt, and donned a South Carolina cap before signing the papers to make it official on Wednesday.
“It has been a great two years being committed, but I’m happy to be able to say I’m a Gamecock today,” Davidson, a Shrine Bowl star and Army All-American, said. In two seasons as the Indians’ starting quarterback, Davidson threw for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns on 157-270-11 passing. He also notched 1,357 yards rushing, with 14 touchdowns.
Gaffney coach Dan Jones said Davidson had been unwavering in his decision to play for South Carolina.
“I didn’t have to entertain quite as many coaches from Auburn and Alabama, Tennessee. They certainly came through and tried to pique his interest, but Shaq was committed from Day 1,” Jones said. “As a coach, you feel a lot better when a kid feels real confident about where they’re going.”
“I kind of felt deep down inside that is was the best school for me,” Davidson said. “At one point, I liked Auburn pretty nice, but I still had that Gamecock feeling deep down inside.”
Davidson said strong relationships with recruiters Shawn Elliott and Steve Spurrier, Jr., and with several other members of the 2014 signing class helped confirm that he had made the right decision.
“I’m looking forward to playing down there, being on a team that I know is like a family, and getting to play in Williams-Brice Stadium,” said Davidson, who last played there in the Indians’ 2012 Class 4A Division 1 state championship game.
Jones said he had told Davidson that being close to home was another upside to becoming a Gamecock.
“He’s going to be shaking a lot of hands on Saturday, of people from Gaffney that he’s not even met, and some people that he’ll recognize from Friday nights here,” Jones said.