Senior cornerback Ronnie Martin will seek a transfer from South Carolina, according to a report by John Whittle of The Big Spur. Martin did not participate in winter workouts and is no longer with the football program. He was listed as a backup cornerback behind Rico McWilliams on the spring depth chart that South Carolina released last week.
Martin missed the entirety of the 2013 season while suffering from a nagging hamstring injury. He came in as a three-star JUCO prospect in South Carolina's 2013 signing class with expectations of contributing right away, but things never quite worked out.
Martin's transfer leaves South Carolin with just three scholarship cornerbacks entering spring practice: Jamari Smith (played running back in 2013), Ali Groves (missed 2013 with a shoulder injury), and the aforementioned Rico McWilliams. Senior strong safety Brison Williams is also expected to take reps at cornerback but will return to his customary position this fall unless something unforeseen should happen. (Yes, I know that just about everything that has happened in the Great Cornerback Famine of 2014 has been unforeseen.)
The odds are now slightly greater that one or more true freshmen will see significant playing time at the cornerback position this fall. Wesley Green, Chris Lammons, and D.J. Smith signed with South Carolina in February and are each consensus four-star prospects. Al Harris, Jr. is also thought to be sound enough from a technical standpoint to compete for playing time as a true freshman.