Deon Green, a redshirt sophomore who was a three-star prospect when he signed with South Carolina out of Windermere, Fla., in 2011, will transfer, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Green, who played in 10 games and had four tackles this season, isn’t expected to be the last rising upperclassman to leave the team in the offseason. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said on Wednesday that the coaches will encourage several players who already have graduated or will by the summer to finish their eligibility at other schools, where they are likely to get more playing time.
Green also isn’t the last defensive lineman to likely leave the team. South Carolina finished the season No. 119 in the nation in sacks with 14 and has plans to revamp its defensive line before the 2015 season. The Gamecocks are expected to add at least seven new defensive linemen in this year’s recruiting class.
Green redshirted the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to a knee injury. He played in two games and had two tackles in 2013. He was one of five scholarship defensive linemen to have fewer than 10 tackles this season, joining Kelsey Griffin, Abu Lamin, Mason Harris and Taylor Stallworth.