How former Gamecocks fared after transferring

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How former Gamecocks fared after transferring

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South Carolina football head coach Will Muschamp has four recruiting cycles with the program and during that time 16 of his players have come to school but eventually transferred out. Some where around for multiple years, others just a few months, but here’s a look at where different players have landed.

The highest profile player in the bunch is former four-star quarterback and Elite 11 prospect Brandon McIlwain. He signed with the Gamecocks as a part of the 2016 recruiting class and planned to be a two-sport athlete seeing time on both the football and baseball fields.

McIlwain played in eight games with three starts as a quarterback his freshman season. He completed 62-of-118 passes for 600 yards and two touchdowns along with one interception. He also had 63 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He played in eight games as a true freshman on the baseball field and went 1-for-10 with an RBI.

McIlwain transferred to Cal with the hope of playing both football and baseball. He played football in 2018, but decided to give up the sport for the 2019 season. After playing for the Florence RedWolves this summer of the Coastal Plains League, McIlwain decided to focus all of his energies on baseball instead.

Of course, the other quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, Jake Bentley, is transferring as well to complete his final year of eligibility.

DL Darius Whitfield (2016) - Whitfield transferred to South Alabama, but didn’t last long there and ended up at Northwestern State to play football, and he moved to the defensive side of the ball. According to his bio page from NSU, Appeared in 12 games, starting one, in his first season at Northwestern State … made eight solo tackles among his 12 stops … had a season-best three tackles against Central Arkansas on Oct. 19 … recovered a fumble and had an assisted tackle for loss against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 28 … made his first two career tackles and had an assisted tackle for loss against Midwestern State on Sept. 7.Appeared in 12 games, starting one, in his first season at Northwestern State … made eight solo tackles among his 12 stops … had a season-best three tackles against Central Arkansas on Oct. 19 … recovered a fumble and had an assisted tackle for loss against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 28 … made his first two career tackles and had an assisted tackle for loss against Midwestern State on Sept. 7.

OL Pika Leota (2016) - Leota left South Carolina quickly, and then went to Georgia State under recruiter and former position coach Shawn Elliott. But he was there for just a few days before going to James Madison. He didn’t stay there long, though, and is currently at Benedictine College in Kansas. … Leota was on the roster in 2019, but it is unclear whether he played or not. In the box scores I was able to locate, he did not play.

RB C.J. Freeman (2016) - Freeman went to Iowa Western before ending up at Campbell University where he played the 2019 season. He played in 10 games and had 51 carries for 215 yards and also scored one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 212 yards.

DB Tavyn Jackson (2017) - Jackson announced that he is looking to play football again and was originally going to go to Highland CC in Kansas. That, however, has apparently fallen through. He posted a note on his Twitter account on June 30 looking for a place to play. … He hasn’t surfaced this football season.

DB Korey Banks (2016) - Banks ended up transferring to N.C. A&T and sat out the 2018 season. He was back on the field in 2019 playing on the offensive side of the football. He was the team’s third-leading receiver with 28 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns. He also had seven rushes for 57 yards.

RB Ty'Son Williams (2016) - Williams transferred to BYU where he was earning considerable playing time in the Cougars’ backfield. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL early in the season but could appeal the NCAA for a medical hardship and an extra season. In four games, Williams rushed for 264 yards and also had 47 receiving yards.

LB Zay Brown (2017) - Brown transferred to UT Chattanooga and played in all 12 games this season with two starts. He finished the year with 17 total tackles, including 1.5 for a loss of yards. He also had one hit on the quarterback.

OL Jesus Gibbs (2018) - Gibbs transferred to Towson almost immediately after getting to school. He ended up on the defensive side of the football at his new home, and played in nine games this season. He had 10 total tackles including two quarterback sacks. He also had two quarterback hurries.

DB Nick Harvey (2018) - Harvey transferred to North Texas where he was one of the defense’s top player. He finished fourth on the team with 64 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss of yards. He had one interception, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. Harvey started all 12 games.

DB Jonathan Gipson (2018) - Gipson entered his name into the transfer port on May 20 of this year and transferred to Toledo. He had to sit out this season and did not feature for the Rockets.

DL Shameik Blackshear (2015) - Blackshear played in nine games and had eight starts this season for TCU. He started the first eight games of the season, then missed the next three due to injury, before returning in a reserve role against West Virginia in the final game of the season. Blackshear had 12 total tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks. He had another half-tackle for loss. (It should be noted that Blackshear was not recruited by Muschamp.)

South Carolina had three players transfer during the 2019 season - running back Lavonte Valentine, defensive back Jamyest Williams and linebacker Derek Boykins. Valentine announced recently he will transfer to USF. Boykins will transfer to Charlotte. At this time, Williams has not yet announced a transfer destination.

Also of note, former tight end Evan Hinson left the team in August in order to seek a transfer to play basketball. He ended up at Austin Peay State University and is currently on the roster, but is sitting out at least this semester due to NCAA transfer rules.

DB Kaleb Chalmers (2017) - Unknown

DL Aaron Thompson (2016) - Unknown

DL Stephon Taylor (2016) - Unknown

QB Jake Bentley (2016) - Bentley was a three-year start for the Gamecocks and also started the first game of his fourth season. Bentley, however, suffered a LisFranc fracture in his foot and missed the rest of the 2019 season. He is transferring to Utah to complete his collegiate eligibility next season.

Among career marks by Gamecocks quarterbacks, Bentley ranks fourth in passing yards (7,527), fourth in pass attempts (1,002), third in pass completions (626), second in completion percentage (62.5 percent), third in passing touchdowns (55), and sixth in quarterback wins (19). His 394 pass attempts as a sophomore are fifth most in a season in program history and his 388 pass attempts as a junior are eighth most.

Players who were not recruited by Muschamp, but left after he was hired: WR Shaq Davidson; WR D.J. Neal; DB Darin Smalls; WR Jalen Christian; QB Connor Mitch; DB Rico McWilliams; LB Ernest Hawkins; WR Christian Owens; DB Toure Boyd; WR Jamari Smith; QB Lorenzo Nunez; RB David Williams; DB Jasper Sasser; LB Jalen Dread; LB Sherrod Pittman; DL Boosie Whitlow; WR Jerad Washington; OL Trey Derouen; DB Antoine Wilder; DB Javon Charleston

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