South Carolina’s coaches are certainly happy that their lone quarterback commitment in the Class of 2012, Allentown Central Catholic’s (Pa.) Brendan Nosovitch, has the athleticism to be a standout safety.
They may not be thrilled that he's going to get more chances to prove it.
Allentown Morning Call writer Stephen Miller blogged last week that ACC coach Harold Fairclough is planning to use Nosovitch, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound dual-threat weapon, at safety more frequently this season.
It’s a position he’s manned throughout his prep career, but he’s done so much less often since taking over as the program’s starting quarterback. Nosovitch did play the majority of the defensive snaps in ACC’s Class AAA state championship win last season.
ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said earlier this month that he believes Nosovitch has the ability to play safety in college if he’s unable to cut it as a quarterback.
USC probably doesn’t like the idea of Nosovitch playing more defensive snaps due to the threat of injury. He’s already likely to be taking more hits on the offensive side of the ball.
After running for more than 1,600 yards last fall, he may be counted on as a ball carrier even more this season. Last year, ACC had six players with 14 catches, but three of them graduated, Miller wrote.
USC has landed three standout receivers in the Class of 2012: Lexington’s Shaq Roland, Sun Valley’s (N.C.) Jody Fuller and Dillon’s Kwinton Smith. Roland has an average position ranking of 6.5 between the ratings of Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247 Sports, while Fuller has an average of 33.3 and Smith has an average of 31.8.
247 Sports analyst Gerry Hamilton recently evaluated the best hauls by position for each college program in the Class of 2012.
He said Texas has the best group of committed receivers in the nation right now, which was not a surprise considering the Longhorns have landed two of the nation’s top-10 receivers, according to the 247 Sports rankings. However, USC has the second-best group nationally, according to Hamilton.
Roland, Fuller and Smith are all top-200 players nationally, according to 247 Sports.