South Carolina may lose it's top receiver to the NFL Draft this offseason but it looks like they've got a potential superstar in the making when Shaq Roland steps onto campus in 2012.
Roland is the dynamite wide receiver from Lexington, South Carolina playing at Lexington High School. He's a do-it-all type player for the Wildcats as he plays wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback, punt returner, and can even play defense.
There's no question about where he'll line up though for the Gamecocks.
Shaq Roland will come into Columbia as an elusive playmaker at the receiver position. He stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds. He can make things happen when the football is in his hands. Roland won the Mr. Football award for the state of South Carolina for his fantastic play this year. Roland had 79 catches for 1,546 receiving yards with 19 receiving touchdowns. He also rushed for 305 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has this to say about Shaq Roland:
"The state's top athlete and top prospect, he shows All-American ability at both WR and DB. He can fly with great body control. He ranks 20th overall and Shaq has what it takes to become an All-American."
It's easy to see why Shaq Roland is so highly recruited this year. His performance in the SC/NC Shrine Bowl this past weekend should have him rising in the recruiting rankings. Roland finished the day with eight catches for game-high 143 receiving yards and had two touchdowns. Roland's day ended early though when he suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter.
This young man will finish his high school football career when he plays in the Under Armour All-American Game on January 5th in 2012. He won't be finished in high school sports though as he is an accomplished basketball player and is capable of playing that sport in college as well. Could the Gamecocks have another two-sport star on their hands in a year? I think so.
Losing Alshon Jeffery could tough on this South Carolina offense but Shaq Roland will be here soon enough. He's certainly a player that could help start the post-Alshon Jeffery era at South Carolina. His talents are great and he certainly could make an impact in 2012.
Get excited Gamecock fans. You've got a star in the making coming soon.