South Carolina linebacker Sherrod Pittman was mentioned several times as a player who could potentially have a role in the Gamecocks rotation in 2017.
Instead, he’s moving on.
Pittman posted a tweet thanking USC for the experience he’s had, and USC coach Will Muschamp announced he will transfer.
Linebacker Jalen Dread also has left the Gamecock football program.
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“After meeting with both Jalen and Sherrod, we mutually agreed to part ways,” Muschamp said. “We wish them both the best in the future.”
Pittman played in three games and made a pair of tackles in 2016. He also was suspended against Mississippi State and East Carolina for a violation of team rules. He did not see the field in USC’s final five games.
Pittman was a highly-rated prospect coming out of high school, turning down offers from Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. The Jacksonville product broke his leg his last game as a high school senior and spent his first season, 2015, redshirting.
Dread, a 5-10, 220-pound sophomore linebacker from Foley, Ala., did not see any action this past season after playing in 10 contests, primarily on special teams, as a true freshman in 2015.