COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina football team landed a big recruit for the 2019 season when wide receiver Bryan Edwards announced that he is coming back for senior season. Edwards debated whether to come back to school and get his diploma with the chance to set records, or head to the NFL. Edwards decided he wanted one more year in Columbia.
He announced the news on his Twitter account with a clip from Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio saying, “I’m not leaving. I’m not (redacted) leaving!”
Edwards joins quarterback Jake Bentley, defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw and offensive lineman Donell Stanley in announcing his return to the program.
Edwards committed to South Carolina in March of his junior season but backed off of that pledge in November following the retirement announcement of former head coach Steve Spurrier. When Will Muschamp took over the program, Edwards became a top priority for the new staff, and he was able to secure the Conway native’s commitment in January.
Edwards ended up choosing the Gamecocks over Clemson, but he had an offer from childhood favorite Georgia along with a host of others.
The 2019 group of wide receivers will also include rising junior Shi Smith, who was third on the team in catches this year behind both Deebo Samuel and Edwards. Freshman Josh Vann, who played in every game this season for the Gamecocks, also returns. Chavis Dawkins and Randrecous Davis are also receivers who caught passes in 2018 who will be back.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver OrTre Smith, who missed the bulk of the 2018 season after having knee surgery, should be fully healthy for spring practice. OrTre Smith caught three passes for 25 yards before going down with his injury this year.