COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - If you think the Gamecocks' offense is dangerous with one Jeffery at wide receiver, wait until they have two.
Three-star wide receiver Shamier Jeffery of St. Matthews, younger brother of sophomore All-American Alshon Jeffery, has committed to joining his brother at South Carolina. Jeffery informed the Gamecocks' coaching staff of his decision on Monday morning, picking USC over Kentucky, Auburn and others.
Jeffery is commitment number 25 for South Carolina's 2011 recruiting class. Scout.com ranks the 6'2", 200-pound high school standout as the 84th best wide receiver in the country.
As you can imagine the Jefferys' friends and neighbors in St. Matthews are very proud. "I'll say!" said Calhoun County resident Jane Dyches. "It's very exciting."
"Shamier and Alshon together, you know, it will be something to see, something to watch," said the Jefferys' cousin, Kingsley Walker.
Calhoun County High School's Amie Barton teaches Shamier, but she's also a mentor. "She loves me, I love her," said Shamier.
"He's very different from his brother," said Barton. "I taught his brother also."
But in family ways, the brothers are similar. "He likes the home-cooked meal," said Barton. "He just really likes to come home. You could throw a rock and hit his house, right here."
That's one reason, perhaps, both brothers chose USC over other great universities. It's a convenience for Shamier and Alshon, but a double thrill for USC and its fans.
Their high school coach can visualize the threat of two star wide receivers thinking alike, ready to catch that ball deep down-field. "If you think you have seen something, wait," said Walter Wilson.
"He's on one side and I'm on the right side," said Shamier. "He's left side, I'm on the right side."
This isn't a sports first. The Williams sisters and the Manning brothers, all at the top of their sports, compete against each other. But at USC, siblings compete with each other. First there was Carolina's Jasper and Casper Brinkley, and now Alshon and Shamier.
"They're just good, down to earth kids, and I can't wait to see them play together," said Dyches.
The younger Jeffery's commitment will add even more depth to a South Carolina offense that is already ranked among the best in school history. Alshon Jeffery broke Sidney Rice's single-season receiving record during the Troy game, and running back Marcus Lattimore broke Harold Green's single-season touchdown record during the same contest.
Lattimore and the elder Jeffery are the first 1,000-yard rushing/receiving duo in Gamecock history. On top of that, junior quarterback Stephen Garcia is the third 6,000-yard passer in school history.
But the Gamecocks will have some heavy competition from the 2011 recruiting class of wide receivers. According to Scout.com, four of the top 10 wide receivers have committed to other schools in the Southeastern Conference -- and two of the top five have committed to Clemson.
The Gamecocks have also landed linebacker Brandon Golson, a Calhoun County product who is at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia this year. Scout.com ranks Golson as the 105th best linebacker in the country.