COLUMBIA, S.C. — Finally, after years of coaching some of the most prolific offenses in the state of South Carolina, former QB Steve Taneyhill will get to see one of his guys suit up for the Gamecocks.
Last week, 4-star 2017 ATH Shi Smith, Taneyhill’s former star wide receiver at Union County High School, committed to play for South Carolina.
“I’m happy for him. I think he made a great decision,” Taneyhill said. “They got (Brandon) McIlwain and they got Jake Bentley, young quarterbacks, high-rated guys and he comes in at the beginning of that.”
Taneyhill was one of several former South Carolina quarterbacks invited back to campus for Friday’s Elite Quarterback camp. From 1992-95, Taneyhill passed for 8,782 yards with 62 touchdowns.
For the last four years, Taneyhill was the head coach at Union, finishing with a record of 22-27 Smith was Taneyhill’s best player, and probably the best player he’s coached since the late Gaines Adams.
“(Smith’s) a warrior on the field, one of the toughest guys I’ve coached. To be 5-11, 180 and to be tough — you’ve got to be tough to play in this league. The SEC is tough man’s football,” Taneyhill said. “He can help instantly in the return game. He’s great in space. That breakaway speed — there’s a lot of things you can teach, running 4.3 isn’t one of them.”
Because of his allegiance to South Carolina, he’s excited to see the Gamecocks land one of the best prospects in the state.
“Anytime that South Carolina gets one of those top rated guys in the state, I think that’s great. That’s how they did so good those years,” Taneyhill said, “We had (Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Gilmore, Marcus Lattimore), we had the No. 1 players in the state coming here.
“Between (Shi Smith) and (OrTre) Smith down there at Wando, who’s the No. 1 player in the state? I think it’s a great get for South Carolina.”