South Carolina expected to lose three standout members of its defense to early entry into the NFL draft. Friday, they lost one on the offensive side as well.
As expected, and in a couple of cases as has been previously reported, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles and cornerback Victor Hampton “will forego their final year of college eligibility and take their talents to the next level,” as the school put it in its release.
Additionally, USC confirmed that wide receiver Bruce Ellington is leaving along with his defensive teammates.
Ellington, who also played on the men’s basketball team as well, led the Gamecocks with 49 receptions for 775 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. Having received his degree this past December, the receiver thanked all of those who helped prepare him for this next step in his life.
“I would like to thank Coach Spurrier, Coach Horn and Coach Martin for giving me the opportunity to play both football and basketball at South Carolina,” said Ellington. “I also want to thank all the Gamecock fans and my teammates for the past four years in Columbia. It’s been a great experience and I’ve been truly blessed.”