South Carolina wide receiver Kwinton Smith will transfer out of the football program

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The former four-star recruit is leaving the Gamecock football team.

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kwinton Smith is transferring away from the South Carolina football program, according to a report by The Big Spur.

This news will come as a disappointment to Gamecock fans, as Smith was a highly regarded four-star prospect coming out of Dillon High School. The South Carolina coaching staff liked him so much that he was higher on their board than UNC star Quinshad Davis.

Smith earned positive reviews from the coaching staff during his early practice experience, and his future looked bright. But Steve Spurrier wasn't exactly beaming with optimism about Smith's future with the program after he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2014 Capital One Bowl.

"He was the only one that didn't quite make it... He actually practiced with us. I don't know what's going to happen with him. He may be back [next year]. He may not be back. You just never know until they come back."

On the field, Smith failed to crack the wide receiver rotation during his first two years on campus, ceding snaps to the likes of Pharoh Cooper, K.J. Brent and Shamier Jeffery. And with Shaq Davidson and Tyshun Samuel entering the program this fall, it was apparently time for Smith to move on.

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