South Carolina Football: Former Gamecock lands with new team in the transfer portal

South Carolina football defensive back Isaiah Norris entered the transfer portal in December. He committed on Friday to North Carolina Central.

Former South Carolina football player Isaiah Norris when he was in high school at TL Hanna.
Former South Carolina football player Isaiah Norris when he was in high school at TL Hanna. / Ken Ruinard / staff
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South Carolina football has had over 20 players enter the transfer portal since the end of last season. Most of them have already found homes.

Players like Juice Wells (Ole Miss), Mario Anderson (Memphis), Mitch Jeter (Notre Dame), O'Mega Blake (East Carolina), Zavier Short (Appalachian State), JonDarius Morgan (UAB), Grayson "Pup" Howard (Florida), Stone Blanton (Mississippi State), KaJuan Banks (South Florida), Donovan Westmoreland (Kennesaw State), Colten Gauthier (Gardner-Webb), D'Andre Martin (Charlotte), Grayson Mains (Temple), Akhnaton Shabazz (Alcorn State), Felix Hixon (Middle Tennessee), and Xzavier McLeod (Georgia) are either committed to or enrolled in a new school.

On Friday, news came out that another found his next home after a stint in the transfer portal.

Defensive back Isaiah Norris announced via his account on Twitter/X that he had committed to the North Carolina Central Eagles.

After committing to the South Carolina football program from junior college in Shane Beamer's first recruiting class, Norris did not play much during his time in Columbia.

The South Carolina native is not the only player that has connected South Carolina football and North Carolina Central this winter. Torricelli Simpkins, a senior offensive lineman who was an All-American while playing for the FCS school, is transferring into the Gamecock program and will compete for a spot in the two-deep, likely on the interior of the offensive line.

Norris is one of two former Gamecock defensive backs who hit the portal this offseason. Both he and KaJuan Banks (South Florida) now have found their next football homes. Carolina has brought in two defensive backs in the portal, as well, as Tennessee Tech transfer Gerald Kilgore (brother of current Gamecock Jalon Kilgore) signed in December, and Pittsburgh transfer Buddy Mack intends to be a walk-on to the team.

The Gamecocks still are expected to add a quarterback in the portal, and they will be putting some irons in the fire for the "best available" players at positions like EDGE, wide receiver, and cornerback.

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