South Carolina Football: USC transfer winds up at SEC rival, calls out Gamecocks

After being dismissed from the South Carolina football program in October, defensive tackle Xzavier McLeod entered the transfer portal. He committed to the rival Georgia Bulldogs on Friday.

South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer
South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer / Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

South Carolina football fans are well aware of the fact that class of 2023 4-star defensive tackle (and 2022 Mr. Football award winner for the state of South Carolina) Xzavier McLeod was dismissed from the team back in October.

According to McLeod, the entire issue came about due to a disagreement between the talented freshman and the South Carolina football coaching staff regarding his desire to redshirt. Shane Beamer didn't go into many details about the situation but did intimate that there was more to the situation than just one event.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle of transfer portal news over the past three weeks, McLeod entered his name into the portal and quickly took a visit to Athens to check out the Georgia Bulldogs.

Georgia was believed to be 2nd in McLeod's high school recruitment, and Kirby Smart and company pulled it off this time. On Friday, the former top-100 recruit announced his transfer portal commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs through a graphic from On3's Hayes Fawcett.

During his short tenure with the South Carolina football team, McLeod only logged one tackle and a tipped-ball interception. He will have four more years of eligibility remaining after redshirting this fall.

In McLeod's message to Fawcett, he took time to call out the Gamecocks.

Apparently upset with some of the things that the fanbase has said since his dismissal from the program, McLeod sent a not-so-veiled message to Carolina fans:

"I’m happy at my new home and ready to show the Georgia fans that I’m locked in and ready to dominate Sanford and I’m bought into the culture. For all the South Carolina fans that spoke bad about  me and don’t know any accurate information we’ll see them in 2025."

For the first time in over 30 years, the Gamecocks and Bulldogs will not match up on the gridiron. However, as McLeod said, they will see each other in 2025.

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