2013-07-01 / Sports

THE DECISION

Will it be the Seminoles or Gamecocks for the Gaffney standouts?
By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor


SHAQ DAVIDSON SHAQ DAVIDSON Although it won’t show up on their win loss record, Florida State and South Carolina can pull off a big victory here on Tuesday.

Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson and L.J. Peak, the school’s most ever sought after recruits in their respective sports, will choose either theGamecocksorSeminolesata6p.m. press conference at Gaffney High, according to sources close to the players.

Both are highly coveted 4-star recruits. Davidson is rated the 138th football prospect and the 17th best wide receiver in the 2014 class by ESPN. Peak comes in as the 54th ranked basketball prospect in the Class 2014, according to ESPN,

Will the best friends chose the same school or part ways to continue their athletic careers? Most have speculated they are a package deal since Peak tweeted last Thursday, “Me and Shaq will be committing to our college.”

That college is expected to be South Carolina.


L.J. PEAK L.J. PEAK Although he has no knowledge of Davidson’s decision, Gaffney football coach Dan Jones has long felt that South Carolina would be a good fit.

“I know (Davidson) was pretty content with South Carolina when he visited there,” Jones said.

Unlike Peak, who regularly takes to Twitter to update his recruitment, Davidson has largely been silent on his college destination.

He’s made an official visit to Auburn but cancelled a trip to Tennessee. In addition to Auburn and South Carolina, Davidson has offers from Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

Last season, Davidson compiled a total of 1,403 yards and 13 touchdowns in leading Gaffney to the 2012 Class 4A Division I state championship.

Jones. for one, is happy that Davidson has decided early.

“It takes a lot of pressure off because you get a lot of calls from recruiters and the media,” Jones said. “This frees (Davidson) to be productive for himself and his teammates.”

A week ago, Peak trimmed his list to South Carolina, Florida State and Georgetown.

Peak previously cut Clemson, Memphis, North Carolina State, Purdue, Tennessee and Wake Forest from the list of schools under consideration. All of those schools had submitted offers to Peak, who averaged 14.5 points a game for Whitney Young in Chicago.

The 6-5 wing moved back to Gaffney this spring.

Although Tuesday’s announcement won’t rival Lebron James’ famous or infamous “The Decision” on a national scale, Tuesday’s decision by Davidson and Peak is as big as it gets for Gaffney. Media, family members and fans are expected to pack the “The Burial Ground” for the press conference.

As Peak put it in is tweet, “Everybody come out and support us [sic].”

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