South Carolina football: Jordan Davis to transfer

South Carolina’s Jordan Davis during the Gamecocks’ March 20, 2021 spring football practice.

South Carolina’s Jordan Davis during the Gamecocks’ March 20, 2021 spring football practice.

South Carolina has its first announced transfer portal entrant since the end of the 2022 regular season.

Reserve offensive lineman Jordan Davis revealed Wednesday on Twitter that he intends to transfer from USC with three years of eligibility remaining.

“There are no amount of words for me to thank coach Beamer and his staff,” Davis wrote. “My experience at USC has been the best experience I could ask for.”

The Georgia native was rated a three-star recruit, the No. 124 offensive tackle and the No. 1,490 player in the 2021 class, per the 247Sports Composite.

Davis chose South Carolina over offers from Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kent State and Akron. He did not appear in a game during his two years in Columbia and redshirted in 2021.

The portal doesn’t technically open until Monday, Dec. 5 under the NCAA’s new transfer portal window guidelines, but players nationwide, like Davis, have begun to announce their intentions to transfer ahead of that date.

The Gamecocks saw 20 players leave the program between October 2021 and July 2022, though none were major contributors — outside of QB Jason Brown.

Senior defensive back R.J. Roderick was the first South Carolina player to announce his intentions to leave the program since the 2022 season started. Roderick left the team in October.

The Gamecocks finished the regular season 8-4 and will learn its bowl destination on Sunday night.

South Carolina players in the transfer portal

R.J. Roderick — Oct. 17

Jordan Davis — Nov. 30

This story was originally published November 30, 2022 4:42 PM.

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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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