South Carolina is dipping into its own division for another impact transfer.
Former Georgia cornerback Lovasea Carroll announced his commitment to USC on Monday on his social media pages. Carroll was previously committed to the Gamecocks as a running back in high school, before choosing the Bulldogs. He’s expected to be a tailback at USC.
The former four-star recruit was rated the No. 116 player and No. 8 running back in the 2021 class. However, Carroll spent the bulk of his time in Athens on defense. He appeared in four games for the Bulldogs in 2021, recording three tackles in a win over Charleston Southern.
Assuming Carroll ends up at running back, he’d join a group that will need to replace its top-two rushers from the 2021 season. MarShawn Lloyd and Juju McDowell will both be back in the fold after complementary roles this fall. USC also added Wake Forest transfer Christian Beal-Smith, who led the Demon Deacons in rushing a year ago and is already on campus.
South Carolina has hit the transfer portal hard this offseason. Oklahoma imports Spencer Rattler and Austin Stogner were USC’s first major gets. South Carolina has since added Beal-Smith, James Madison receiver Antwane Wells Jr., N.C. State defensive lineman Terrell Dawkins and Central Michigan safety Devonni Reed.
The Gamecocks are coming off a 7-6 season in Shane Beamer’s first year as head coach. Beamer became just the second coach in school history to win a bowl game in his debut campaign after South Carolina downed North Carolina 38-21 in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Dec. 30.