Freshman receiver Jalen Christian will transfer from the South Carolina football team, Will Muschamp announced after Thursday’s practice.
Christian, who is from Damascus, Md., is leaving because of personal reasons, Muschamp said.
“Jalen’s got some things at home that he needs to handle,” Muschamp said. “He and I had a long talk Tuesday about those situations. It’s very personal to him. I certainly respect that and respect his decision.”
Christian was a four-star receiver out of Damascus High. He redshirted in 2015.
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“He’s a great young man. We didn’t want him to leave,” Muschamp said. “Unfortunately things happen sometimes. I really appreciate how he’s handling the situation. He’s handling it like a man would. I’m proud of him. We’re going to do everything we can do to help him transfer and get to a place closer to home. That’s where he needs to be at this time.”
He becomes the seventh scholarship player and third receiver to leave the team since Muschamp became coach, joining defensive lineman David Johnson, linebacker Ernest Hawkins, defensive backs Darin Smalls and Al Harris Jr., and wide receivers D.J. Neal and Shaq Davidson.
USC now has five scholarship receivers available this spring: Jerad Washington, Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Christian Owens and Terry Googer.
The Gamecocks signed five receivers in the 2016 class: Edwards, Korey Banks Jr., Randrecous Davis, Chavis Dawkins, Bryan Edwards and Kiel Pollard.