South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer announced a commitment to his Gamecock program on Friday with a #WelcomeHome post to his Twitter/X account. Fans, as they often do, began speculating as to the identity of the mystery pledge. One of the names that often came up in the conversation ended up being the correct one.
Miami (OH) transfer wide receiver Gage Larvadain came forward as the commitment, marking the Gamecocks' third transfer portal wide receiver commitment in the class.
Larvadain is a smaller receiver (much like fellow transfer additions Ahmari Huggins-Bruce and Jared Brown) whose game relies on speed and quickness. In his three seasons as a Redhawk, Larvadain put up over 1900 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. That type of production seems to indicate that he could be in for a heavy workload for the Gamecocks in 2024.
It will be interesting to see which receiver gets the primary slot duties next fall. All three transfer wideouts, incoming freshman Mazeo Bennett, rising sophomore Tyshawn Russell, and rising redshirt freshman Kelton Henderson all look the part of a slot receiver. Converted quarterback Luke Doty also got significant snaps in that spot last fall, too. Clearly, the Gamecocks will not play 7 players in the slot next season, but there will be a lot of options for wide receivers coach Justin Stepp.
The Gamecocks are not done in the transfer portal, either. Shortly after Larvadain's announcement, Beamer was back on social media, dropping yet another #WelcomeHome for the fanbase to get excited about.
Carolina is expected to add a quarterback before next season begins, and they have been poking around with players on both lines of scrimmage and at linebacker. In the past few days, players at each of those positions were on campus to visit the South Carolina football program. If recent trends are any indication, it won't be long before the mystery commitment goes public.