South Carolina college football: Corey Rucker to transfer

Corey Rucker

Corey Rucker

Another South Carolina offensive playmaker appears to be on the way out.

Receiver Corey Rucker has entered the transfer portal, per reports from ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren and The Athletic’s Max Olson. Rucker previously landed at USC following two years at Arkansas State.

Rucker was limited to just two games in 2022 due to a handful of injuries. He caught one pass for 52 yards and a touchdown in South Carolina’s win over Charlotte. It was his only grab of the year.

The Mississippi native was previously prolific at Arkansas State, joining the USC roster last offseason after a first time in the transfer portal.

Rucker earned FWAA freshman All-America honors in 2021. He appeared in 20 games over the two years in Jonesboro, recording 75 receptions for 1,279 yards and 14 touchdowns.

It’s not clear what Rucker’s graduation status is, but if he has not completed his undergraduate coursework, he’ll have to sit out a season before returning to competition given he already transferred once.

South Carolina has now lost four offensive skill position players since the season-ending win over Clemson. Tight Ends Austin Stogner (Oklahoma) and Jaheim Bell (Florida State) have since found new landing spots.

Running back MarShawn Lloyd has yet to announce his next school.

Gamecocks in the transfer portal

Each player’s landing spot is listed in parentheses

WR Corey Rucker — Dec. 14

RB MarShawn Lloyd — Dec. 12

DB Tyrese Ross — Dec. 6

TE Jaheim Bell — Dec. 5 (Florida State)

TE Austin Stogner — Dec. 5 (Oklahoma)

LB Darryle Ware — Dec. 5

DB Joey Hunter — Dec. 5

OL Jordan Davis — Nov. 30

DB R.J. Roderick — Oct. 17

This story was originally published December 14, 2022 2:18 PM.

Ben Portnoy is The State’s South Carolina Gamecocks football beat writer. He’s a five-time Associated Press Sports Editors award honoree and has earned recognition from the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy previously covered Mississippi State for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana football for the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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