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Third-year South Carolina defender puts name in NCAA transfer portal

Zay Brown signs with South Carolina

Defensive back Zay Brown (Athens, Ga.) explains why he picked the Gamecocks.
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Defensive back Zay Brown (Athens, Ga.) explains why he picked the Gamecocks.

In his first two years on campus with South Carolina football, Zay Brown didn’t step on the field during a game.

On Tuesday, he put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

A South Carolina spokesperson confirmed the news. Brown came to the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s second recruiting class.

He started his career as a safety, but was moved to linebacker.

Brown was one of six defensive backs in South Carolina’s 2017 recruiting class. He was ranked No. 1464 in the 247 Sports composite ratings.

As a high school senior he had 80 tackles and three interceptions for Clarke Central High School. He played for David Perno, who had been a longtime baseball coach at Georgia.

At 5-foot-11, 207 pounds, he’d been moved to linebacker last August and was playing the dime role.

“Maybe just the depth at DB, other guys might’ve made strides and kind of passed him,” linebackers coach Coleman Hutzler said at the time to explain the move. “And so to get him in at the dime spot and get him a chance, get him kind of a new chance on life a little bit, new spot, he’ll compete.”

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