One of the most versatile players in the 2016 class is 4-star athlete and current South Carolina commitment Kyle Davis.
The 6’3”, 220-pounder from Archer High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has been committed to the Gamecocks since last July.
However, as Kipp Adams of 247Sports notes, Davis is still being pursued by a number of schools.
While programs such as Auburn, Notre Dame and Tennessee are pursuing Davis, it’s in-state power Georgia that seems to pose the biggest threat to Steve Spurrier’s club in the tug-of-war for Davis.
But are the Bulldogs a legitimate threat to pull him away from his pledge to the Gamecocks?
That remains to be seen. But at this stage, it appears Davis is leaving the door open for Mark Richt and his staff.
"Georgia is in the mix," Davis told Adams. "I am going to stay committed to South Carolina for now, but I am going to keep my options open. I am planning on enrolling early."
Most schools, including Georgia and South Carolina, are recruiting Davis to play receiver.
According to Keith Niebuhr of AuburnUndercover, Davis racked up more than 1,200 yards receiving last year in helping his team reach the Georgia Class 6A state finals.
What makes the Bulldogs attractive to Davis is the arrival of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, whose resume is littered with NFL experience.
"Coach Shotty and me have a real close connection," Davis told Adams. "He is one of the coolest coaches I have met. I have really enjoyed getting to know him since he came to Georgia."
Adams notes that he’s also connected with fellow Bulldogs assistants Bryan McLendon and new running backs coach Thomas Brown, which should help the Dawgs maintain close ties with the No. 15-ranked prospect in the Peach State in the 2016 cycle.
Another factor that could benefit the Bulldogs is their pursuit of a handful of his prep teammates at Archer.
Among the Archer products who have received Georgia offers include 2016 4-star offensive lineman E.J. Price, 2016 4-star corner Dylan Singleton, 2017 4-star athlete Jamyest Williams and 2017 4-star safety Isaiah Pryor.
South Carolina has tendered each of those players except Pryor. The Bulldogs are squarely in the mix with all of the Archer standouts, and if they are able to even land any of them, it could potentially have a ripple effect with Davis.
However, Davis admitted to Niebuhr that it will take “a lot” for him to back off his initial commitment to the Gamecocks.
“I’m still committed,” Davis told Niebuhr. “Still love the coaching staff. I love everything about it."
Still, the connections he has to the Bulldogs program are enough to give Spurrier and his staff reason to aggressively pursue him until he enrolls at his school of choice.
Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.
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Football may be the ticket to a free collegiate education for many high school athletes, but it isn't always their sole athletic passion. Some stay busy participating—and thriving—in other sports arenas.
Basketball takes center stage in March as folks fill out college basketball brackets, and state champions are crowned across the country. With that in mind, we shine the spotlight on several premier football prospects who spent their winter doing damage on the hardwood.
Since his days of being a toddler, Dillon Sterling-Cole has been a fan of Texas A&M football.
It's understood, as the 3-star quarterback from Houston-area Spring Westfield High School is the son of former Aggies wide receiver Chris Cole, who went on to play in the NFL with the Denver Broncos. Sterling-Cole knows everything about the program, as he's been properly groomed.
Sterling-Cole had been hoping for a Texas A&M offer, and on Tuesday, the 6'3", 171-pounder got it. Ironically, Texas A&M is his seventh offer—lucky No. 7, if you ask him.
"I'm really excited about it," Sterling-Cole said. "I mean, it's truly a blessing to receive the offer, not only because of me being a legacy kid but based on them seeing me progress and continue to mature as a player and also a young adult."
Sterling-Cole now has offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Houston, Arizona State, Utah, Temple and Nevada. Because of his father's college background, many feel Texas A&M is the team to beat. Sterling-Cole's 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions heavily favor the Aggies after Tuesday's offer.
And he's the first to admit that Texas A&M is very high on his list.
"A&M was at the top of my list of favorite schools growing up," Sterling-Cole said. "Jerrod Johnson was a person that I looked up to besides my dad."
The offer comes two days after Sterling-Cole put on a show at the Elite 11 Dallas regional. Sterling-Cole not only was named the event's MVP but also earned an invitation to The Opening this summer in Oregon.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Sterling-Cole threw for more than 2,200 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions for Westfield. Sterling-Cole's performance at the Elite 11 regional was almost something of a coming-out party for him. He wants all to expect more of the same this spring.
"[Being regional MVP] means a lot. It's a great opportunity for me to represent my school and where I come from," he said. "I felt like I had to come out and prove a lot. With my background, I didn't come with the most hype around my name.
"I just came out to compete and did what I had to get invited to the Elite 11 finals."
And now, Sterling-Cole has a decision to make: Does he accept the offer he's always wanted and follow his father's footsteps? Or does he continue to shop around for a program that he'd thinks would better fit his offensive structure?
If he commits to Texas A&M, he will join his teammate and go-to target, 4-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland—who also earned an invitation to The Opening over the weekend.
Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. Player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles
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