Blackshear bids farewell to Gamecock Nation

Blackshear bids farewell to Gamecock Nation
Shameik Blackshear (Source:

COLUMBIA, SC ( - Shameik Blackshear announced on Sunday that he was leaving the South Carolina football program.

The fourth-year junior defensive end from Bluffton, S.C. entered the Belk Bowl with 34 career tackles, four tackles for loss and one sack. Blackshear, who started against Akron and Virginia and finished the season with 27 tackles, posted the news on Twitter.

A four-star recruit in the class of 2015, Blackshear arrived to South Carolina as the No. 2-ranked in-state prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. The former Under Armour All-American signed with South Carolina over offers from Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and LSU.

Not counting Daniel Fennell, who plays strongside linebacker and the Buck position, but is listed as a defensive lineman, Blackshear was the last remaining defensive lineman to join the Gamecocks under coach Steve Spurrier.

There were no scholarship seniors on the Gamecocks' defensive line roster this season. But Blackshear was one of several juniors, along with D.J. Wonnum, Keir Thomas, Javon Kinlaw, Kobe Smith and Jabari Ellis, who redshirted,

South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp signed several defensive linemen with the 2019 class, including 5-star defensive end Zacch Pickens (Anderson, S.C.), 4-star defensive end Joseph Anderson (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 3-star defensive end Devontae Davis (Georgia Military) and 3-star Rodricus Fitten (Atlanta, Ga.).

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