South Carolina Football: WR Kwinton Smith Will Reportedly Transfer

Brian Leigh@@BLeighDATFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

South Carolina wide receiver Kwinton Smith (82) celebrates his team's fumble recovery during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 31-17. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

South Carolina Gamecocks receiver Kwinton Smith, who was set to begin his redshirt sophomore season in 2014, will reportedly transfer from the program.

According to The Big Spur, South Carolina's affiliate website on the 247Sports network:

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Kwinton Smith is transferring from South Carolina, according to reliable sources.

The 6-foot-4, 202-pounder is currently back home in Dillon weighing options of where to transfer to but James Madison is the likely destination.

After redshirting his freshman season in 2012, Smith saw action in 11 games last season, making an impact primarily (and almost entirely) on special teams. Offensively, he finished his Gamecocks career with just five catches and 42 yards—two and 22 of which came in a 70-10 rout of FCS Coastal Carolina.

Smith was expected to achieve much more after arriving to Columbia as a 4-star recruit in 2012. An impressive physical specimen, the 6'4'' receiver caught 34 passes for 564 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior season at Dillon High School in Dillon, S.C., per The Big Spur.

Smith was the No. 208 overall player, the No. 26 receiver and the No. 3 prospect from South Carolina on the 247Sports composite.

His time at South Carolina might not be all that's over, either. Per the report, Smith is back home in Dillon mulling the next move for his career, but FCS James Madison has emerged as a "likely destination."

His FBS football career might also be in the past.

As for the Gamecocks, this move seems more important for the distant future than the immediate. Smith was not expected to become a contributor in 2014—he was listed as a third-stringer on the spring depth chart—but his frame and pedigree made him worth keeping an eye on the following two seasons, especially with Damiere Byrd and Nick Jones set to graduate before 2015.

South Carolina did not sign a pure wide receiver in the class of 2013 but did bring in 4-star receiver Shaq Davidson and tall 3-star receiver Terry Googer (6'4'') this past cycle.

Their development now becomes more important.