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South Carolina rises in transfer portal ranking

Earlier this month, we announced that South Carolina was ranked 11th in On3's portal rankings.

Although the Gamecocks have not added any more players through the portal, they have moved up to 10th place in the latest portal rankings. This is the result of the departure of EDGE Drew Tuazama who entered the transfer portal on May 8. South Carolina is not only ranked 4th in the SEC in the portal rankings, but also has one scholarship left.

Since the end of last season, 26 Gamecocks from last year's team have signed through the portal. As mentioned, South Carolina has signed 21 players through the portal. Most of these players are on scholarship.

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According to On3’s Team Transfer Portal Index, the only four-star talent the Gamecocks lost this offseason was Juice fountain. On the other hand, USC was credited with signing three four-star players. These players are Rocket grinder, Gage LarvadainAnd Kyle Kennard.

On3's Team Transfer Portal Index uses the On3 (P)erformance Score to measure a team's performance during the transfer process, relative to its roster rather than other schools. This proprietary algorithm determines whether a school improved the overall talent of its team during the transfer window, stayed the same, or lost talent.

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Below are the new additions the Gamecocks added through the transfer portal:

WR Vandrevius Jacobs

Remaining eligibility: 4 years

The 6'0″ and 175-pound player did not play at Florida State last season. On3 ranks Jacobs as the No. 31 wide receiver in the transfer portal.

WR Dalevon Campbell

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Campbell, who is 6'4″ and 215 pounds, was an honorable mention All-Mountain West selection at Nevada last season. He played in all 12 games and started nine times. He was the Wolfpack's leading receiver with 594 yards on 31 passes caught.

EDGE Gilbert Edmond

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

After spending his first three seasons with the Gamecocks, Edmond transferred to Florida State for the 2023 season. After just one season in Tallahassee, Edmond returns to South Carolina with just one year of eligibility remaining. He is 6'4″ and weighs 250 pounds. He has played in 35 games in his career, including ten starts.

QB Robby Ashford

Remaining eligibility: 2 years

The Auburn transfer played in 22 games during his time with the Tigers. In those two seasons, he threw for 1,758 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 927 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. Before playing for Auburn, the 6'3″ and 215-pound quarterback spent his first two seasons in Oregon, where he also played baseball.

OL Torricelli Simpkins

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Simpkins is 6'5″ and 300 pounds. He was an FCS All-American at North Carolina Central. Just last season, he was named MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and was also on the 2024 Reese's Senior Bowl Watchlist. Simpkins is a versatile player who can play multiple positions on the offensive line. Expect him to compete for the starting center position.

LB Demetrius Ritter II

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Knight comes to South Carolina after being named first-team All-AAC last season in Charlotte, where he led the 49ers with 96 tackles and three interceptions, including a pick-six against Maryland. Previously at Georgia Tech, Knight played 36 games with the Yellow Jackets in four seasons and had 51 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack.

LB Bangally Kamara

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Kamara, Pittsburgh's fourth-leading tackler last season, set career highs with 55 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks last season. He also contributed five quarterback hits and one pass defense in the 2023 season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

QB- Davis Beville

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

The Greenville (SC) native comes to South Carolina after spending the last two seasons in Oklahoma. For the Sooners, he primarily provided reinforcements at the quarterback position. Before coming to Oklahoma ahead of the 2022 season, Beville began his career in Pittsburgh in 2019. In total, he has played in 16 college games and started once. Beville has completed 37 of 62 passes for 339 yards with one touchdown and thrown two interceptions.

DB Buddy Mack

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Mack is a Duncan, SC native who is headed to South Carolina after spending the last four seasons in Pittsburgh. He is 6'1″ and 205 pounds. He has played in 39 games over the last four seasons, recording 18 tackles and forcing one fumble.

OL Aaryn Parks

Remaining eligibility: 2 yearsS

The Oklahoma transfer is 6'4″, 295 pounds and comes to Columbia with two years of eligibility remaining. Shane Beamer played a role in recruiting Parks when he was an assistant with the Sooners. Parks, who has appeared in eight games as a backup in his career, will provide more competition for a South Carolina offensive line that is trying to recover.

DL Monkell Goodwine

Remaining eligibility: 2 yearsS

After spending three seasons at Alabama, the 6'4″, 295-pound defensive lineman comes to Columbia looking for a fresh start. Although he only played in five games in those three years, Goodwine faced some of the best players in the country every day in practice. The point is, you shouldn't focus too much on his stats until he has a chance to compete with the Gamecocks, especially when the player comes from a football factory like Alabama.

WR Gage Larvadain

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

At 5'10″ and 165 pounds, Larvadain brings a wealth of experience to USC's young and inexperienced wide receiver corps. In three seasons with Miami of Ohio, Larvadain appeared in 36 games and caught 42 passes for 679 yards and six touchdowns last season. As a sophomore, he recorded 59 catches for 731 yards and two touchdowns.

WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

Huggins-Bruce is a native of Dillon, South Carolina, who spent the last three seasons at Louisville, appearing in 38 games and making 80 career catches for 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, he looks to bring not only experience to South Carolina's junior wide receivers squad, but also a competitive spirit and proven performance.

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WR Jared Brown

Remaining eligibility: 2 years

The former Coastal Carolina wide receiver had over 1,000 all-purpose yards last season with 58 catches for 740 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Brown was named a 2022 Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. He is 6'0″ tall and weighs 195 pounds. He has appeared in 25 games during his college career.

RB Rocket Sanders

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

In 2022 at Arkansas, Sanders rushed for 1,443 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also rushed for 271 yards on 28 pass catches and two touchdowns. Injuries and a new offense prevented the Rocket from taking off in 2023, but don't let that fool you. There's a reason the 6'2″ and 240-pound running back is considered the No. 2 running back in the transfer portal, according to On3.

DT DeAndre Jules

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

The 6'3″ and 300-pound Maryland native played in all 12 regular-season games for Pittsburgh last season, starting six of them. Jules collected 24 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble in 2023. After redshirting in 2019, Jules has played in a total of 37 college games. In those four seasons, he has collected 37 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

RB Jawarn Howell

Remaining eligibility: 3 years

Howell was last listed at 6'1″ and 215 pounds, but is said to have gained another 10 pounds. As a freshman at South Carolina State University, he rushed for 809 yards and seven touchdowns on 102 carries, including his incredible 283-yard, three-touchdown performance against Howard last month.

EDGE Kyle Kennard

Remaining eligibility: 1 year

The former Georgia Tech EDGE is 6'5″, weighs 235 pounds and is coming off an impressive 2023 season. Last year, Kennard finished with 54 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles.

TE Brady Hunt

Remaining eligibility: 3 years**

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end signed with the Gamecocks on Wednesday. A transfer from Ball State, he battled an ankle injury last season but shined as a redshirt freshman in 2022, earning multiple First Team All American honors. He caught 46 passes for 498 yards and five touchdowns this season. His five touchdowns this season were the 12th most of any tight end in college football during the regular season. Because of that performance, he was named to the 2023 Mackey Watch List, an award given annually to the most outstanding college tight end.
**Due to his injury last season, Hunt is eligible for a medical redshirt season.

RB Oscar Adaway

Remaining eligibility: 2 years

The former North Texas running back is the No. 15 running back in the transfer portal according to the On3 Industry rankings. At 6'1″ and 215 pounds, he is the fifth-leading running back of all time for the Mean Green with 1,935 career rushing yards. Last season, he rushed for 738 yards and six touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry. He also had 14 catches for 89 yards.

DB Gerald Kilgore

Remaining eligibility: 3 years

He is a transfer defensive back and the brother of the All-American freshman from South Carolina Jalon Kilgore. Last season at Tennessee Tech, he appeared in 11 games and made 37 tackles, had five pass breakups and was also credited with 2.5 tackles for loss.

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