Redshirt Freshman Jalen Christian has decided to transfer from the University of South Carolina, head coach Will Muschamp announced after practice Thursday night.
Christian, who was a four-star recruit, redshirted during his first season in Columbia, and was set to debut for the Gamecocks this season. The Damascus, MD native cited personal reasons when he spoke to Muschamp about his decision to leave South Carolina as he intends to move back closer to home.
As of now, it's unclear what those personal reasons may be, but it doesn't like his transfer is a result of an inability to mesh with the new coaching staff. The highly touted recruit was listed as a second string receiver entering spring practice.
Christian received thorough attention from numerous schools during his recruiting process, turning down offers from in-state and conference rivals Clemson, Tennessee, Florida and Kentucky. He received 19 FBS scholarship offers in all.
The news of Christian's departure is just the latest blow to a Gamecocks offense that has seen far too many players get injured or depart campus since the hiring of Muschamp. Christian is the third wide receiver to transfer this off-season, joining D.J. Neal and Shaq Davidson. The Gamecocks are also temporarily without sophomore QB Lorenzo Nunez and senior QB Perry Orth.