South Carolina’s Jaheim Bell headed to transfer portal

South Carolina tight end Jaheim Bell runs with the ball in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Clemson on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Clemson, S.C.

One of South Carolina’s most dynamic playmakers is heading for the door.

Tight end Jaheim Bell announced on Monday night via Twitter that he intends to enter the transfer portal.

“I have always dreamed to be a college football player and to play at the highest level of college football,” Bell wrote. “The University of South Carolina gave me that opportunity. Thank you to Coach (Shane) Beamer, the trainers and the entire coaching staff for always believing in me.”

The news comes the same day fellow starting tight end Austin Stogner announced he was entering the transfer portal.

Bell came to South Carolina as a three-star recruit in the class of 2020, but evolved into an athletic dynamo who lined up at multiple positions across the Gamecocks offense.

The Florida native notched 56 catches for 757 yards and seven touchdowns during his three years with the program. He also added another 301 yards rushing and three scores on 80 attempts.

Bell’s usage came under fire during the 2022 season when he played just nine snaps in South Carolina’s loss against Missouri. He later filled in as USC’s starting running back with MarShawn Lloyd and Christian Beal-Smith both sidelined with injuries.