South Carolina could face the daunting challenge of replacing wide receiver Alshon Jeffery following the 2011 season.
If the All-American decides to enter the NFL Draft, the Gamecocks will lose a significant amount of production. Some of the responsibility could fall to a triumvirate of receivers that committed to USC earlier this month.
Dillon’s Kwinton Smith, Sun Valley’s (N.C.) Jody Fuller and Lexington’s Shaq Roland gave USC’s receiving corps a big boost by all committing in the course of four days.
Roland is the prize of the bunch, but Fuller has earned plenty of praise throughout the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder will certainly add another dynamic playmaker to the USC offense. Fuller, who has 4.45 speed and a 40-inch vertical jump, caught 80 passes for more than 800 yards, rushed 40 times, and scored 16 touchdowns last season.
"Jody’s been blessed by God," Sun Valley coach Scott Stein said last month. "He’s one of those kids that comes along every once in awhile that physically is probably above his peers."
Fuller joined GoGamecocks for a Q&A:
Question: Why did you ultimately choose USC?
Answer: It was about the program and where it’s going. I really like coach [Steve] Spurrier Jr. and coach [Jay] Graham and what they are doing.
Q: What makes you special as a player?
A: I make plays whether or not I’m catching the ball. I can make things happen. I’m explosive after I catch the ball. I like to get up field, make plays and score touchdowns.
Q: How have USC’s coaches talked about using you?
A: All over the place. They said I can do a lot of things on offense. They are just going to try and get me the ball as many ways as they can. That’s out of the slot and moving me around.
Q: What roles do you fill at Sun Valley?
A: I run the ball a little bit. I play inside slot receiver. I play outside receiver. I also get the ball on reverses, bubbles and screens. They also throw it to me.
Q: What position would you like to play for the Gamecocks?
A: Anywhere that I can get the ball as much as possible, out of the slot maybe. As long as I have the ball, I can make plays.
Q: What kind of expectations do you have for your senior season?
A: I want to win a state championship and receive for a lot of yards and a lot of touchdowns. Definitely winning a state championship is most important.
Q: How bright is the future for USC?
A: I talked to Shaq, and we think that we can do big things in the future as far as winning. I think things are very bright. We can win for awhile.