South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer and his staff have been mining the depths of the transfer portal over the past month. With over 20 players exiting the program and nearing 15 more incoming, the Gamecock roster will look pretty different in 2024 than it did in 2023.
However, just because USC has landed a lot of talent in the portal does not mean that every transfer portal target has chosen the South Carolina football program.
Recently, two more transfer portal targets announced college decisions in which they chose teams other than the Gamecocks.
Former Florida State quarterback Tate Rodemaker will be headed to Southern Miss to play for the Golden Eagles in 2024.
Defensive tackle Micaiah Overton was an early target for the Gamecocks, especially when they were still recruiting his brother LT Overton. The former Texas A&M Aggie committed to the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Because the Gamecocks picked up commitments from junior college prospect Jerome Simmons and Pittsburgh Panthers transfer Deandre Jules, defensive tackle was no longer a need in Columbia, so Overton was not a priority for Carolina.
Quarterback, on the other hand, is a position at which South Carolina football needs help. With only LaNorris Sellers and Dante Reno on the roster (and Luke Doty, sort of), the Gamecocks need to bring in a quarterback, preferably a veteran who could challenge and mentor the younger QBs.
Rodemaker, AJ Swann, Maalik Murphy, and a few others have been linked to the Gamecocks, but as of now, they have not reeled in any of them (though, Swann committed privately before announcing a commitment to LSU the next day).
There will be more quarterbacks who pop up on the Gamecocks' radar in the coming months, but who might be the next one to wear garnet and black is not known.