In the age of the transfer portal, it is not uncommon to see player change teams multiple times before their college football career is over. On Wednesday, former Gamecock defensive end/linebacker Gilber Edmond re-entered the transfer portal after spending a season at Florida State. Now, on Thursday, another former South Carolina football player has entered the transfer portal for the second time.
Cornerback Dominick Hill, a class of 2019 3-star defensive back prospect, spent two seasons with the South Carolina football program before transferring to Temple. Hill started in 2021 and 2022 for the Owls, but he will be spending his final year of eligibility at another school as he announced his intention to enter the portal.
Hill was Temple's leading tackler from the cornerback position in 2023, using his plus-athleticism and length to bring down ball-carriers better than most other corners. He has the physical tools to play at a bigger program but he has only had that type of production for one season, so it is unclear where he might end up next, though, he likely is not an option for the South Carolina football staff.
The Gamecocks have an unproven situation at cornerback heading into 2024. O'Donnell Fortune has plenty of experience (including being the primary starter at one corner most of the 2023 season), but after him, USC doesn't have much experience at the position. Judge Collier has two starts (filling in for Fortune during suspensions), and Emory Floyd was a rotational player this fall.
Vicari Swain (rising redshirt freshman) and Jalewis Solomon (incoming freshman) are two names to watch at the position as well. They might be the two most gifted athletes in the Gamecock cornerback room. Keenan Nelson and all three Gamecock Freshman All-American safeties (Nick Emmanwori, Jalon Kilgore, and DQ Smith) have experience playing nickel, and incoming sophomore transfer Gerald Kilgore (Jalon's brother) can play all over the secondary.