Tanner McEvoy committed earlier this afternoon to the University of South Carolina. The talented senior from New Jersey is the lone quarterback in the Gamecocks large recruiting class so far and should be expected to be the only one brought in. McEvoy enjoyed a fantastic season at quarterback, his first at the position, by throwing for 2,264 yards with 32 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions and rushing for 1196 yards with 14 touchdowns. He averaged nearly 8 yards a carry from the QB position and led Bergen Catholic deep into the playoffs.
McEvoy is a 6'5" tall prospect weighing around 210 pounds right now. He will definitely get a redshirt season as he's very raw from the QB position. This should be a good thing for the Gamecocks though as they are set with two viable QB's in Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. Garcia will be the starter for
the 2011 season and Connor Shaw will most likely take over after that. This will give Coach Spurrier and GA Mangus the opportunity to fix any flaws in his throwing mechanics, mold him into the QB to run this offense, and help improve his football IQ and have him ready to take over in a few years. If, for some reason, McEvoy doesn't work out at QB then he is capable of playing other positions like defensive back or a wide receiver/tight end role. He's a great athlete.
Some people may be a bit upset that he's only got 3-stars right now from Rivals and they are guys like Jacoby Brissett out there that still have interest in the Gamecocks. I'd say you shouldn't be. South Carolina was extremely selective in who they offered this year from a QB position and GA Mangus really focused in on McEvoy and made him the priority at QB for the Gamecocks. He scouted Mangus, visited with him up north, and always seemed to be in touch with the young signal caller. I think all these lead me to believe that this coaching staff is extremely excited about the opportunity to "coach up" McEvoy. Chris Clark made a good comment in regards to Jacoby Brissett and his QB recruiting. Brissett wants to play major Division-1 basketball and football. This may be okay for other positions but the QB position is so involved that it really requires all your focus as a student-athlete. If you take away time from development to play another sport then it could potentially hurt you all around.
I'm excited about this pickup and the type of player and person McEvoy seems to be. He seems like he's a well-grounded kid who is a hard worker and comes from a good family. Combine all of this with his football talents and I think we've got ourselves a winner.
Welcome to the Gamecock Nation Tanner McEvoy!