That didn't take long. Just about an hour after South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer tweeted out his patented #WelcomeHome message to the Gamecock Faithful on social media, USC's 6th transfer portal commitment came forward with his public pledge.
Former Pittsburgh Panther defensive tackle Deandre Jules is that man.
Jules is a big dude, tipping the scales around 315 pounds and standing 6'3" tall. But he is also an impressive athlete. He has good feet and impressive burst for a man his size, so while he is a nose tackle, he could slide out to one of the big defensive end spots in the Gamecocks' 3-3-5 or play the 3-technique tackle in the 4-2-5.
Jules flashes on film as an impressive player inside, and the Gamecocks will throw him in the mix with fellow defensive tackles TJ Sanders, Tonka Hemingway, Boogie Huntley, Nick Barrett, and Jerome Simmons.
He also is from Germantown, Maryland, meaning that he continues the trend of the South Carolina football program doing well in the DMV area.
As the 6th transfer portal commitment in the class, Jules joins Jayden McGowan (wide receiver, Vanderbilt), Rocket Sanders (running back, Arkansas), Oscar Adaway (running back, North Texas), Jared Brown (wide receiver (Coastal Carolina), and Jerome Simmons (defensive tackle, Highland Community College) as the Gamecocks have put together one of the best portal classes in the entire country.
The Gamecocks are hoping to add a few more players in the transfer portal before the cycle ends. A quarterback to compete with/back up redshirt freshman quarterback LaNorris Sellers is a must-get, and USC will be weighing their options at wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, EDGE, and cornerback. Plus, if any other talented individuals want to play in Columbia, the South Carolina football staff won't turn their nose up at good players.