Gamecocks Land Sixth Commitment

Newberry (SC) 3-star defensive tackle Kenny Davis put an end to his recruitment today by committing to the home state Gamecocks. Read inside for all the details.

The 6'4", 295 pound Davis, who chose the Gamecocks over offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Stanford, is considered one of the most athletic defensive tackle prospects in the southeast this recruiting year. After quietly favoring South Carolina for several months, Davis stayed true to his timeframe of committing before the start of his senior season and pulled the trigger on Saturday morning, pledging to USC.

Davis told GamecockAnthem in an earlier interview that he likes several factors about the South Carolina program.

"It's most definitely the coaches at South Carolina. They have Steve Spurrier, and I know with him there he's going to get a good program going. He's not going to put up with any junk from any of the players, and they'll execute under him, and they respect him for that."

Coach Bill Harvey is an assistant coach at Newberry and has gotten to know Davis well both on and off the football field. When told that Davis had committed to USC earlier today, Harvey was not surprised to learn that his talented lineman had put an end to his recruitment.

"He's been high on them for a while. He had a good relationship with Coach (Brad) Lawing. He's liked South Carolina for a long time. This is not a knee-jerk decision," said Harvey.

According to Harvey, Davis is already an outstanding athlete on the football field, but after just recently turning seventeen years old, he still has an enormous upside and will be a truly special player when he realizes that potential.

"Kenny, to be so big, is a very good athlete. He plays tight end as well as defensive tackle. He carries 295-300 (pounds) pretty good, and he's even athletic enough that he plays basketball. He can dunk a basketball, and he's got pretty good hands for a player his size," said Harvey. "He needs to get a little better footwork. It's not bad right now, but as he continues to grow, that's something he can work on. Kenny, for his class, he's still very young. He just not too long ago turned seventeen. He's not one of the older guys for his class, and he's got the potential and the frame to play over 300 pounds in college and continue to get quicker and more athletic."

Harvey also praised Davis for his dedication in the classroom and believes that he has the intelligence and drive to be an excellent student at South Carolina.

"I've had Kenny in class, and he's a very good student. He's got the potential to be an excellent student. He's very well read and has the potential to go well beyond athletics," said Harvey. "I told him that whatever college he chooses, I'd come watch him graduate. That's very much within reach. He's not just going to college to play football. He's got the potential to be a very good student."

Davis, who bench presses 350 pounds, helped lead the Bulldogs to a 12-3 record and a state runner-up finish in the 2A playoffs last season. He becomes USC's sixth commitment in the 2008 recruiting class.

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