South Carolina's thin secondary for the upcoming 2014 football season has taken another hit.
Redshirt sophomore Ahmad Christian has elected to transfer from South Carolina and will not play in the upcoming Captial One Bowl on January 1st.
CB Ahmad Christian will transfer and will not play in Capital One Bowl.— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) December 10, 2013
Christian was penciled in as a starter for next year's defense after Jimmy Legree exhausted his eligibilty and junior Victor Hampton elected to enter the 2014 NFL draft early. He was expected to step in and provide stability after losing these two starters from the 2013 season.
Instead, South Carolina will be looking to several inexperienced players like JUCO transfer Ronnie Martin, Ali Groves and Rico McWilliams.
It appears that baseball is playing heavily into his decision and will look to move to Coastal Carolina and be a part of their baseball team. No word on whether or not Christian will look to join their football team if he transfers to Coastal Carolina. There are also reports that he wants to be closer to his sick mother as well.
With Christian leaving, this will put the South Carolina coaching staff in search of more cornerback recruits for the 2014 class. The Gamecocks currently have Al Harris Jr. as the lone cornerback commitment so far in this class but are heavily involved with players like Wesley Green, DJ Smith and Chris Lammons. South Carolina feels good about its chances with all three and there could be other names on the board that pop up here in the closing months of the 2014 recruiting class.
A position that was thin in numbers and experience suffered a big blow with Ahmad Christian leaving. It will certainly be an area to watch in the spring and fall of 2014 to see how well this group is progressing to see whether or not this will be an area of weakness for next season.