On Wednesday, South Carolina football offered big-time transfer portal wide receiver Gage Larvadain from Miami (OH). On Thursday, they cast their net out even wider, dispensing an offer to James Madison transfer pass-catcher Elijah Sarratt. Yes, the same James Madison that produced former Gamecock (and current Ole Miss Rebel) Juice Wells.
Two offers in two days should tell Gamecock fans that their favorite team is serious about bringing in a veteran talent to the wide receiver room. In fact, it wouldn't be all that surprising if USC brought in two receivers from the transfer portal.
While Larvadain is more of a slot player whose outside receiver skillset would be limited primarily to deep balls and quick game, Sarratt is a more complete receiver.
He can operate on the outside, utilizing his 6'2", 205-pound frame to make contested catches with a man on him. He also does well coming across the middle on ins and slants, something of a lost art for many receivers.
After becoming an FCS Freshman All-American during the 2022 season at St. Francis University (the same school that sent quarterback Jason Brown and wide receiver EJ Jenkins to the Gamecocks back before the 2021 season), Sarratt transferred to James Madison and was one of the top receivers in the entire country. On the year, he caught 82 balls for 1182 yards and 8 touchdowns, numbers that are eerily similar to Xavier Legette's 2023 production.
After taking two games to get adjusted to FBS football, Sarratt had at least 5 catches and at least 62 yards in 10 of his remaining 11 games, including 35 catches for 510 yards and 4 touchdowns over his final four games of the year.
Thanks to a memo sent out from the NCAA, two-time transfers will be eligible next season, meaning that Sarratt will not have to sit out a year in order to play again.
You can watch some of his film here.