July 14, 2024

South Carolina football spring transfer portal tracker: Updates on Shane Beamer’s roster

COLUMBIA — The spring transfer portal for college football officially opened on April 16 and closed on April 30. Athletes did not have to commit to a new school by April 30 but had to enter the portal before or on April 30.

South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer said he will focus on the offensive line and wide receiver depth but will use this window as a time to strengthen the roster in any way he can.

The Gamecocks finished 5-7 in 2023, fourth in the SEC.

Here is what to know about the comings and goings via the spring transfer portal window:

Who is leaving South Carolina football via the transfer portal

Jaxon Hughes: The first to announce they would enter the spring portal was offensive lineman Jaxon Hughes; however, Hughes was not on scholarship. Hughes battled injuries during his time with the Gamecocks and was a walk-on after spending four years at Charlotte.

Joseph Morris: Walk-on wide receiver Joseph Morris entered the transfer portal on April 22, GamecocksCentral reported. He played in one game in 2023 and did not record any statistics.

Destination: TBD

Sidney Fugar: Fugar, a redshirt junior, entered the transfer portal on April 24. The offensive lineman spent two seasons with the Gamecocks after transferring from Western Illinois. Fugar played in 20 games for the Gamecocks, starting in four of them.

Keenan Nelson Jr: Nelson, a defensive back for the Gamecocks, announced via his social media on April 26 that he would be transferring out of South Carolina and using his final three years of edibility elsewhere. The redshirt freshman logged 13 total tackles through two seasons, six of which were solo tackles.

Drew Tuazama: Tuazama, a defensive tackle reportedly entered the transfer portal on May 8 and a spokesperson for the school confirmed to The State on May 9 that he is in the portal. For graduate students, they can enter the transfer portal past the April 30 deadline. Tuazama played 25 games at the Division I level according to the Gamecocks and began his career at Syracuse, before transferring to UAB. He played in five games for South Carolina last season. The 6-foot-5, 290 pound DT has one season of eligibility left.

Destination: TBD

Kelton Henderson: Beamer reportedly dismissed Henderson from the program, Beamer confirmed in a press conference in April. Henderson did not meet the “standard” of a football player at USC and that it was not based on one event but a “body of work.” according to Garnet&Cocky. Henderson is a 6-foot wide receiver who didn’t play in any games for the Gamecocks in 2023. He is from Fort Myers, Florida.

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