USC Gamecocks Football

Shaq Roland finds home at Winston-Salem State

Shaq Roland
Shaq Roland

Former Lexington High School star and South Carolina wide receiver Shaq Roland is attending classes at Winston-Salem State, but he will not play for the Rams this fall.

“We are focusing on his school work to get him ready for next season,” Winston-Salem State head coach Kienus Boulware told The State via email. “He will be with us for spring practice in uniform.”

Roland is not practicing with the team this fall. South Carolina’s Mr. Football in 2011, Roland played in 10 games for the Gamecocks in 2014 but left the team Dec. 23.

He was named a PARADE All-American after leading Lexington High to an 11-1 record while gaining more than 2,000 yards and scoring 24 touchdowns as a senior. He was considered a five-star recruiting prospect by and was widely considered the state’s top high school football player.

Roland, who served a three-game suspension in 2013 and another one-game suspension in 2014, finished three seasons with the Gamecocks with 56 catches for 891 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had 26 catches for 356 yards last season.

He enrolled at Prairie View A&M earlier this year in hopes of playing there this fall but he returned home to Lexington in the summer.