Gresham has bright future on gridiron

South Carolina picked up a key commitment from Apalachee (Winder, GA) athletic outside linebacker Chaun Gresham on Friday, further solidifying the strength of the Gamecocks' linebacker class in the 2009 recruiting cycle. Read inside as talks with Apalachee Head Coach Shane Davis about what type player Gresham is and the tremendous upside he possesses on the college level.

Chaun Gresham, who is ranked by as the no. 35 strongside linebacker in the country, is considered by many to be one of the top defensive prospects in the Peach State's Class of 2009. The athletic and rangy linebacker totaled 112 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in his junior season last fall, and according to Apalachee Head Coach Shane Davis, Gresham has only scratched the surface of his potential on the football field.

"He's been our leading tackler the last two years for our team. He's very athletic and always seems to be around the football," said Davis. "Chaun's a good football player. He has a lot of potential and a lot of tools. He's 6'3", 205. He's been an All-Region basketball player the last two years so he's very athletic. He wears a size 16 shoe and has got plenty of room to continue to grow. He's probably under 6% body fat right now so that shows you how much weight Chaun can put on at the next level. I think his possibilities are endless."

Gresham, who chose South Carolina over offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and others, has a tremendous frame to grow into on the college level, but the casual observer doesn't realize just how strong he already is, according to Davis.

"With his frame, I think Chaun could get up to 250. He's a thin, thin kid right now. I think he could put on a lot of weight in college, but he's already extremely strong for his size. He squats 420, has a 275 power clean, and is a 270 bencher. He's a very strong kid for how lanky he is. His power clean form is extremely good. His squat form is extremely good. He's just a strong kid."

With Gresham headed to South Carolina to play in the best conference in college football, Davis believes that his star linebacker has all the tools to develop into a quality player at the SEC level.

"He understands the game well. On game days, he just does things out there that you aren't coached to do. Chaun runs well in space, and he's athletic enough that he's able to go out there and matchup on inside receivers and cover those guys. He's also physically strong enough to come back inside and take on (ball carriers), and he's definitely not afraid of contact."

The fact that Gresham is destined to play major college football should come as little surprise, as his family has a history of producing great athletes that enjoy success on the college level.

"He comes from a very athletic family. Obviously his uncle George Rogers played for South Carolina. From my understanding, his dad played linebacker a couple years at North Carolina. His mom played basketball at Alabama. Chaun certainly has the genes. God's blessed him with some great athletic ability."

While Gresham is a special caliber of player on the field, Davis believes that he is equally as impressive off the field and will be a model student-athlete at South Carolina.

"He's probably as good of a young man as I've ever coached. He's not going to get in any trouble. He doesn't get written up at school, ever. He doesn't run the streets. He's very respectful. He's just a good kid."

Gresham is South Carolina's 14th commitment in the 2009 recruiting class, and he joins Quin Smith, Brent Singleton, Matt Coffee, and potentially Damario Jeffery to form one of the most athletic outside linebacker classes the Gamecocks have landed in recent memory.

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