When Randrecous "Dreak" Davis had the Georgia "G" on one of his biceps, it seemed clear to many that he would be playing college football for Mark Richt and the Bulldogs. But as things often do in the recruiting world, things change.
Davis committed to Georgia in July. Months later, amid dissent among boosters and those close to the program, Richt was fired, paving the way for Kirby Smart's hiring. Richt ended up taking Al Golden's place at his alma mater of Miami.
That took us to January 26, when Davis ultimately decommitted from the Bulldogs after Smart decided to pursue other players at the wideout position. After cutting his choices between South Carolina and joining Richt in Coral Gables, Davis ended up setting an official visit the weekend of the 29th - following a stop in Miami - and liked what he saw. So much, in fact, that he pledged to the Gamecocks yesterday.
I talked earlier about how this ignites the WR corps in a big way. Not only does the program have Kiel Pollard and Bryan Edwards coming in, they have a good, young group of returnees that show some promise. Despite losing their top three receivers, they do bring back a (hopefully) healthy Deebo Samuel, whose time as a redshirt freshman was cut short by a hamstring injury. With that in mind, it's hard to think of many other position battles that will be as intriguing as the one that will consist of who will be hauling in catches in Columbia over the next few years.
All signs point to Dreak Davis being a high-level contributor for the Gamecocks offense, given the tools in his arsenal - speed, athletic ability, and his knack for finding the end zone - 17 receiving touchdowns as a senior at Mays High School in Atlanta. And it's a testament to this staff under Muschamp. It's hard to imagine that Steve Spurrier would have lured a player of this type if he were still coaching (although we'll never know for sure). But kids like Davis give you hope that next year will be a very, very good recruiting class for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
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