David Cloninger

Camp Insider: Shamier Jeffery grabs his prize ... a degree on Saturday

South Carolina wide receiver Shamier Jeffery.
South Carolina wide receiver Shamier Jeffery.

Shamier Jeffery has never lived up to his last name on the field (who could?) but he’s going to make it out of South Carolina with his degree.

“Shamier graduates tomorrow,” receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said on Friday. “I’d like to congratulate him on that. He came in with a bunch of guys that didn’t particularly survive here.”

Jeffery, being the younger brother of Alshon -- the program leader in receiving yardage -- was thought to be the heir apparent when he enrolled in 2011. He has never had the impact of his brother, catching eight balls for 41 yards in three seasons.

But he’s stuck around, which is a milestone in itself. Of the 32-man recruiting class that included Jeffery, 17 either didn’t make it into school or didn’t finish their eligibility at USC – and only two (Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles) were because of NFL early entries.

Jeffery will receive his sociology degree Saturday. Spurrier Jr. said he’s working hard in practice and is hoping to grab a starting spot by Sept. 3. He’s the only returning true wide receiver other than Pharoh Cooper who caught a pass last year.

“It’s not easy to make it five years and get your degree here,” Spurrier Jr. said. “And he’s going to graduate tomorrow and I’m particularly proud of him, I really am.”

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