On Saturday, 4-star Josh Vann, the No. 36 wide receiver in the Class of 2018, committed to South Carolina over SEC East rival Georgia.
Vann is now the highest-ranked prospect in the Gamecocks 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite. He joins Ronnie Jamison, Tyquan Johnson and Darius Rush as their fourth wide receiver.
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Nationally, Vann is ranked as the No. 36 wide receiver.
“It is just something about South Carolina,” he said, earlier this summer. I feel like I would produce more down at South Carolina. … I just think that South Carolina would be a better fit where I would be great at.”
Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon serves as South Carolina’s primary recruiter for Vann, who attends Tucker (Ga.) High School, outside of McClendon’s home town of Atlanta.
What Vann adds
Vann is comparable to South Carolina freshman wide receiver Shi Smith, who’s created quite a buzz since arriving to campus earlier this summer. Time will tell if Vann will hit the ground running when he shows up in 2018, but there are a lot of similarities between the two.
On the hoof, they’re close to the same size. Vann is listed at 5-foot-10.5, 175 pounds while Smith’s 5-10, 175.
Smith is probably the fastest player on the Gamecock roster. Vann may not have the top-end speed — he ran a 4.69 laser-timed 40 at The Opening in Atlanta — but he runs by an awful lot of guys on vertical routes in his junior highlights.
Both are able to catch the ball at its highest point — Vann jumped almost 36 inches in the vertical leap. And, despite their size, they’ve got an impressive catch radius and enough strength to make contested grabs.
The future of the wide receiver position remains awfully bright at South Carolina.