Josh Kendall

Gamecocks wide receiver D.J. Neal will transfer

dmclemore@thestate.com

A position of need for South Carolina just got needier.

Sophomore wide receiver D.J. Neal has decided to leave the team, he told The State on Tuesday night.

“It was definitely my decision,” Neal said. “Just a lot of stuff that has been going on. I feel like I need to be in another environment and get off to a better start.”

Neal, who was a rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com when he came to the Gamecocks from Stephenson High School near Atlanta, caught eight passes for 104 yards last season.

Neal has not decided his next move, he said, but he indicated his family is having conversations with other college football programs.

“I’m not sure,” Neal said. “I’m not really allowed to talk about that right now.”

Neal also was a standout baseball player at Stephenson High School and was a 32nd round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves.

Neal is the fifth player and second wide receiver to transfer since Will Muschamp replaced Steve Spurrier as head coach. He joins wide receiver Shaq Davidson, defensive lineman David Johnson, linebacker Ernest Hawkins and cornerback Al Harris Jr.

The Gamecocks now have only four wide receivers on the roster who caught a pass last season – Deebo Samuel, Matrick Belton, Hayden Hurst and Terry Googer.

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