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5 things to know about incoming USC receiver Randrecous Davis

Incoming freshman wide receiver Randecous "Dreke" Davis is ready to make plays for the Gamecocks.
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Incoming freshman wide receiver Randecous "Dreke" Davis is ready to make plays for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina freshman receiver Randrecous Davis has found something that will slow him down, at least for a little bit.

Davis, from Mays High in Atlanta, is facing surgery in the coming weeks for a sports hernia, he told The State ahead of his move-in for USC’s first summer semester.

“I thought I had a muscle strain,” he said of an injury that’s bothered him since early in his senior season. “I had to play anyways. I couldn’t let the team down. I didn’t know it was a hernia.”

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Davis has a reputation for playing fast, being aggressive and making defenders miss in open space. He was one of five receivers signed by Will Muschamp in his inaugural recruiting class with the Gamecocks.

He worked to stay in shape this year through pool exercises, the treadmill and various upper body workouts, all the while trying to avoid anything that involved squatting.

Davis expects to be through rehabilitation in time for preseason practice and said the setback won’t alter his desire to play as a true freshman.

“I’ve got to go in the same way, the same mindset,” he said. “I know what I can do. I’m not worried.”

Davis was a former Georgia commitment who dropped his pledge to the Bulldogs the week before signing day when he didn’t hear from Kirby Smart and the new coach staff. His final decision came down to South Carolina and Miami. With his former UGA recruiter Bryan McClendon at USC and head coach Mark Richt joining the Hurricanes.

“South Carolina stood out because it was closer,” Davis said. “I have a great connection with my receivers coach, and Will Muschamp, he brings in a lot of fire. I like everything about it. We’re going start coming together. Everybody is going to see it.”

Davis cited Columbia-area attractiveness, dedicated Gamecocks fans, stadium atmosphere and a passionate coaching staff as things that he liked about his new home away from home. His goals for the summer and the season haven’t changed even with the sports hernia, he said.

“Just to prove to everybody that they recruited me for a reason, and to show my ability and what I can do,” he said. “That’s something I always wanted to do, go in and start as a true freshman. Just put the ball in my hands. That’s all I can say. You put the ball in my hands and I’ll make something happen.”

About Randrecous Davis

Nickname: Dreke

Position: Wide receiver

High school: Mays (Atlanta, Ga.)

Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 185

Ranking: Three-star prospect, according to 247Sports’ Composite rating that factors in all networks (Rivals considers him a four-star prospect)

Stats, accolades: Earned first team Class AAAAA all-state honors as a wide receiver at Mays ... Caught 58 passes for 1,024 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... Also averaged 15.7 yards with two touchdowns as a punt returner