Gaffney (S.C.) High head coach Dan Jones also sees plenty of value in playing in the ESPN kickoff weekend. For one, it means less stuffing of envelopes.
"We tell these kids you don't have to worry about sending tapes out for recruiting," Jones said. "I'm sure [college coaches will] tape this broadcast."
Jones also uses the game as a motivational tool during workouts and preseason camp.
"Any incentive you can get to get your kids to play hard, you're going to use that to your advantage," he said.
That's not an issue with Jones' star pupil, receiver Quinshad Davis Quinshad Davis
View Full Profile. At 6-3, 180 pounds, Davis has scholarship offers from several schools. He is primarily considering Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, South Carolina and Illinois.
Davis recently attended a camp at Georgia. He and Jones were hoping for a scholarship offer soon after, but one never came. Davis will now take it upon himself this fall to show the Bulldogs he is worth an official invite.
He's not the only prospect at Gaffney hoping to pick up scholarship offers. With eight senior starters on defense and six on offense, there's talent at Gaffney -- as usual. Jones hopes Friday's nationally televised game against Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman at 7 p.m. will open some recruiters' eyes to his lesser-known prospects.
"It gives some other coaches outside of this area an opportunity to see them live and against a good opponent," Jones said. "This could catapult them."
An all-region selection as a junior and led the Indians with 1,486 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 114 receiving yards per game.
Davis has big hands and runs great routes. Quinshad has a great frame and is a long strider. He's also quick and is very deceptive for his size. Also, he has made a lot of clutch plays late in games.