Phil Kornblut

Jeffery excited about reuniting with brother

Shamier Jeffery
Shamier Jeffery

It will seem like old times for Shamier Jeffery when he joins his brother Alshon at USC next fall.

The younger Jeffery committed to South Carolina on Monday morning.

It had long been expected that he would do so, primarly because it gives him the opportunity to reunite on the field with his brother for the first time since their days together at Calhoun County.

"In high school I loved playing with him," Shamier Jeffery said. "We know what each other is doing on the field."

Jeffery played quarterback most of this season but plans on playing receiver, opposite his brother, with the Gamecocks. And he says it's exciting for him to be joining the program during a time of great success.

"USC hasn't ever made it, and it made me proud of them (by winning the SEC East)," he said. "I hope to help them win a national championship."

This season Jeffery passed for 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns and rushed for 400 yards and seven scores. He'll play in the Shrine Bowl next month.

"They were his favorite all along," said Calhoun County assistant coach Duane Wages. "He wanted to get it over with with his brother there. Coach [Shane] Beamer recruited him hard all along.

"This kid has all the 'it' his brother has," Wages said. "He has everything Alshon has but is faster, not as big, but can jump higher. Alshon is a long strider, Shamier is a quick twitch. He gets to his full speed quicker. He’s a better open field runner.”

Jeffery is the 25th commitment for the Gamecocks' 2011 class.