On Saturday afternoon, South Carolina opened up its home field, William-Brice Stadium, to fans and recruits alike for its home opener. South Carolina also hosted the East Carolina Pirates for what turned out to be a dogfight, finishing with a 20-15 Gamecocks victory.
Several top-flight recruits, such as five-star running back Zamir White, a member of the 2019 class, and five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas from the 2018 cycle were both in attendance, as was junior defensive back Quavian White. Today’s U caught up with Quavian White shortly after his visit to Columbia to see what his reaction was to the Gamecocks’ dramatic victory.
“I loved it,” White said. “The crowd was lit.”
White, who is listed at 5-foot-9 and 179 pounds, has quick footwork, hits the hole in a hurry and can stop on a dime, traits that he uses to shake free of defenders on offense from the running back position. He also plays cornerback and is projected to that position at the next level.
“I think it’s going very well,” White said of his junior season. “I’ve been locking every wide receiver I went up against, and I’ve been running that rock pretty good.”
According to 247Sports.com, White is ranked as a three-star prospect and the No. 63 corner in the country. South Carolina is carefully assessing his ability, and the Greer (S.C.) athlete provided the run down for his weekend visit to South Carolina.
“It was a great visit,” he said. “Food was good, it was a good game and the crowd was pumped. I enjoyed myself and I knew a good bit of the recruits there.”
And while on the South Carolina campus, White had a chance to meet with the Gamecocks’ coaching staff, a group that he has formed a bond with through several previous visits. In particular, he singled out the Gamecocks’ defensive backs coach as one member that he is closest with.
Based on what he was told during his visit on Saturday, White is optimistic that he may be on the receiving end of a scholarship offer from South Carolina sometime in the future based on how he has read the recruiting tea leaves.
“I knew coach [Travaris] Robinson pretty well, and I’m pretty sure he looks on offering me,” White said. “I hope, but I know our recruiter for our area and I know a good bit of the staff from just seeing them there every time I come.”
So far, he has put together an impressive junior season, and the coaches in Columbia have heard similar commendations of the in-state prospect.
“They said they heard that I have been doing good, and they watched my film and they liked it,” White said. “It would mean a lot to me. They haven’t been offering a lot of kids from down here, but lately they have been.”
In terms of what an offer from South Carolina would mean, White did not mince words.
“I would like to stay in state, so I would love it,” he said.
As far as receiving an offer from other schools recruiting the versatile athlete, such as East Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Wake Forest, White says his recruitment sits in about the same place as it does with South Carolina. So the speedy two-way player may receive some good news on the recruiting trail sooner rather than later.
Click here to watch White’s sophomore highlight tape.