Gaffney wide receiver Shaq Davidson capped a suspense-free recruiting experience by putting on a South Carolina cap Tuesday night, confirming what the masses have known for months — he wants to play his college football for the Gamecocks.

“It feels great to get it off my chest and now I can really focus on the season coming up and more on school work,” Davidson said. “Ever since my 10th grade year when I tore my ACL, I felt like they were the ones there the whole time recruiting me the hardest. They were loving and caring and very welcoming. I just felt like that was the place for me to go.”

Davidson said he developed a strong relationship with Gamecock recruiters Shawn Elliott and Steve Spurrier Jr., and he made his final decision last week after discussing things with his mother. He notified the Gamecocks last week of his plans.

“They said they were going crazy, jumping out of their shoes and they would love for me to be a Gamecocks,” Davidson said.

He plans to attend the Black Magic Showcase Camp July 26 and said the knee injury of two seasons ago is a thing of the past.

Last season he caught 24 passes for 340 yards and 10 touchdowns. Then after moving to quarterback, he passed for 900 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 600 yards and seven scores. Davidson becomes USC’s ninth commitment for the 2014 class.

Davidson’s friend, 6-5 small forward L.J. Peak, one of the nation’s most talented basketball players in the 2014 class, chose Georgetown over the Gamecocks despite not visiting the school.


South Carolina Stingrays media specialist and broadcaster Joseph Zakrzewski was named the 2012-13 recipient of the ECHL Broadcaster of the Year as determined in voting by league media relations directors and broadcasters.

Zakrzewski completed his fourth season as the “Voice of the Stingrays” in 2012-13 after spending two seasons as the broadcasting assistant for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and Broadcaster of the Battle Creek Bombers baseball team of the Northwoods League.

“It is a tremendous honor,” said Zakrzewski. “I owe this award to all the colleagues I have had the pleasure working with over the past four seasons, my family and the fans who tune in to Stingrays hockey on a nightly basis. They make the job fun and exciting and I could not do this without their support.”

The Spring, Texas, native handles all media and public relations activities for the team, creates and manages content and graphics on the Stingrays’ website and new media systems and serves as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster.

Past Stingrays winners were Darren Abbott (2002-03) and Josh Heller (2008-09).