South Carolina Football: Gamecock transfer flips but flips back? Tight end enrolls at USC after all

South Carolina football transfer portal signee Brady Hunt signed with the Gamecocks in December, decommitted privately from the program but enrolled at USC as a member of the football program anyway.
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South Carolina football fans were disappointed earlier this week when transfer portal tight end signee Brady Hunt decommitted from the program (yes, transfer signees can flip their commitments even after paperwork is signed). The former Ball State pass-catcher was reported as the newest commitment for Mike Elko and the Texas A&M Aggies.

However, somewhere between Thursday and Saturday, things changed for Hunt.

The 2022 Freshman All-American sent Gamecock Twitter into a confused frenzy with a simple message.

Hunt, who never took down his social media posts about his initial commitment to the South Carolina football program, posted "Columbia, SC #home" on Saturday, indicating he was in the process of moving onto campus at the University of South Carolina.

According to a report from GamecockCentral (the same outlet that reported his initial commitment and decommitment), Hunt arrived in Columbia on Saturday for enrollment and move-in.

South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer acknowledged Hunt's decommitment and re-commitment on Twitter/X, as well.

Beamer made light of the situation with a GIF of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg from the 1999 classic hip hop song Still D.R.E. that said "Guess who's back," followed with the Spurs Up emoji.

Hunt should be a big help to the Gamecock offense this season (and he has up to three more years of eligibility remaining) as Josh Simon is an expected starter, but no other USC tight end has any real experience.

Hunt's place in the offense should allow younger players like Michael Smith, Connor Cox, and Reid Mikeska to have more time to develop. At 6'6" and 250 pounds, Hunt is a capable blocker and pass-catcher, and that versatility will play well alongside Simon who has the potential to be a dynamic receiving tight end and was the best blocker at the position for the Gamecocks in 2023.

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