South Carolina coach Shane Beamer was at it again on Monday with the announcement the Gamecocks have secured another pair of transfer commitments from the NCAA portal.
Central Michigan safety Devonni Reed posted on his Twitter account he will play his final season of elibility at USC after spending five years at his former school. He redshirted in his 2017 freshman season, but is using his sixth year after the NCAA last year allowed players a free season in light of the pandemic.
"Thank you lord ! Let’s rock," Reed wrote on social media alongside a graphic of him in a Gamecocks' uniform with the word "committed" at the bottom.
Later in the afternoon, James Madison wide receiver Antwane Wells also posted he was also joining the Gamecocks via social media.
It's the second and third transfer commitments in the past three days for the Gamecocks after former North Carolina State defensive end Terrell Dawkins announced Saturday he would join USC. He started multiple games for the Wolfpack after an injury-hampered three years and has three seasons of eligibllty remaining.
USC now has five transfers for the 2022 class after signing a pair of former Oklahoma players last month -- quarterback Spencer Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner.
Reed entered the transfer portal on Jan. 3 and chose USC over several offers that included Wisconsin, Mississippi State, Texas, Missouri, and Louisville.
He has an immense amount of experience having started all 43 games played in four seasons for the Chippewas (last year was limited to six games due to COVID-19 concerns) in the Mid-American Conference. He totaled 281 tackles with 7 1/2 for loss and one sack in addition to three interceptions, 11 passes defended and two fumble recoveries.
This season he was named Second-Team All-MAC Conference after totaling 72 tackles (inlcuding 3 1/2 for loss and a sack) with six passes defended and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also returned a fumble for a touchdown in his first college game against Kentucky when he also had 14 tackles with 11 solo, both career highs. He went on to record a career-best 96 tackles his freshman year.
Reed (6-feet, 195 pounds) is a Detroit, Michigan native who was a three-star prospect coming out of Belleville High School. He could nicely fill the void left by USC leading tackler and First-Team All-SEC safety Jaylan Foster after the former Byrnes star played his final season of eligibility. Earler this month, veteran starting safety R.J. Roderick announced he would return for a final season.
Wells (6-foot-1, 208 pounds) entered the portal earlier this month and was quick to pick up offers from the likes of Auburn, Miami, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech and Louisville.
He had a visit scheduled to North Carolina, but announced on social media he was canceling that trip. He recently told the Tar Heels 247Sports site he had planned to visit Auburn and Miami as well prior to announcing his commitment to the Gamecocks.
After graduating Highland Springs (Virginia) High School and playing one season at Fork Union prep school, he joined James Madison of the Colonial Athletic Association Conference. This season he established school records with 83 receptions for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns in helping lead his team to the FCS semifinals.
In a pandemic shortened eight-game first season, he caught 33 passes for 603 yards and six touchdowns. Despite having played only 22 games over two seasons, he departs JMU third with 21 career touchdown catches and ninth with both 116 receptions and 1,853 receiving yards.
USC signed three wide receivers during last month's national early signing period, led by Texan Landon Samson who is ranked as the nation's No. 435 recruit and 63rd-best receiver in the 247Sports Composite. He had a productive game in Saturday's prestigious All-American Bowl in San Antonion, Texas where he caught several passes including a touchdown.
A pair of in-state receiver also signed -- Clarendon Hall's Kylic Horton and Chapin's Zavier Short.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: Gamecocks add transfer commits from DB with 43 starts and 1,000-yard WR