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South Carolina WR Juice Wells expected to enter transfer portal, reports say

Antwane “Juice” Wells’ time at South Carolina could be coming to an end.

The surprise standout from the Gamecocks’ 2022 season is expected to enter the transfer portal, according to reports Thursday morning from TheBigSpur and GamecockCentral.

He’s already transferred once and, according to the reports, would be entering the portal this time as a graduate transfer, a move that would grant him immediate eligibility at his new college home.

Wells announced via X (formerly known as Twitter) Nov. 20 that he’s “not playing and not holding out for the NFL draft. I’ll be back next year…”

Coach Shane Beamer, in his weekly press conference Tuesday, was asked about the contents of that social media post and whether or not he was aware of it.

“I met with Juice a couple of times last week and over the weekend,” Beamer said. “The post that he had on X last night didn’t surprise me as far as what he announced.”

Last season, his first with the team after transferring from James Madison, Wells led the Gamecocks with 68 catches for 928 yards and six touchdowns. He received 2023 preseason All-SEC and All-American nods.

But in 2023, he was been limited to just three games, in which he snagged three receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown, due to a foot injury.

In Wells’ absence, senior wide receiver Xavier Legette became quarterback Spencer Rattler’s No. 1 target.