A quick recap of the recruiting soap opera between Tucker’s Jonathan Davis, one of the state’s best football players, and South Carolina, which is coached by Steve Spurrier: Davis committed to the Gamecocks last month, then Davis said he was told by South Carolina last Friday that his scholarship offer had been withdrawn. Tucker’s coach, after hearing Spurrier’s version of events on Sunday night, says that the Gamecocks are “no longer welcome” to recruit his players.
New information: According to the Charleston Post and Courier on Sunday night, Davis was offered by South Carolina assistant Ron Cooper against the wishes of the staff. Travis Haney reports that “I’d been told in the past that Cooper was told, rather pointedly, not to take Davis. The decision had been made not to take him. Then, one day, at a recruiting meeting in which the main board is assessed, Cooper pipes up and says Davis is a commitment. Those in the room were said to be stunned.”
So Cooper took a job with LSU last week. And then South Carolina let Davis know how they really felt on Friday. Ouch.
What will Spurrier say publicly to state the reasons supporting South Carolina’s actions? Unfortunately, NCAA rules prevent college coaches from commenting on prospective student-athletes. But I expect Spurrier to give his version on signing day, and probably even sooner (you know, talk about the situation, without specifically mentioning “Davis”).
People have taken Jonathan Davis to task on a million things … his ability to play at college football’s highest levels (fair question about any prospect, who knows?), his grades (his coach said he is “on track” to qualify) and everything else. Continuing debating that stuff somewhere else, please.
Based on the additional information, what do you think about how things transpired between South Carolina and Davis? Does it change your perspective of the situation? If so, how?
Charleston blog: http://www.charleston.net/blogs/gamecocks/2009/jan/11/0111-davis/