It was certainly hoped by USC fans that one day quarterback Connor Mitch and receiver Jalen Christian would light up the SEC night with a sparkling passing attack for the Gamecocks. Both were heavily recruited prospects…for those of you stuck in the fantasy world of star ratings, each was a four star by Rivals coming out of high school…and their commitments to the Gamecocks were greeted with glee.
But, it didn’t pan out for either at USC and both are headed to the Colonial Athletic Association, aka the CAA, an FCS conference where each will be eligible to play in 2016.
Mitch announced on Twitter Monday afternoon he will enroll in graduate school at James Madison after graduating from USC in three and a half years.
His coach at JMU? None other than former Citadel and Lenoir-Rhyne coach Mike Houston who has known nothing but the running game oriented triple option in his head coaching career. Houston’s teams have been among the best in the country running the football. They have typically passed on the pass.
Mitch, of course, won the starting job at USC last August and started the first two games of the season. He was injured in the second game against Kentucky and didn’t take a snap the rest of the season.
Christian is headed to Williams and Mary. He decided to leave the program midway thru spring practice after redshirting as a freshman, Christian was expected to be a contender for a starting job in the Gamecocks’ thin receiver corps.
USC could eventually be on the receiving end of a transfer from another Power 5 conference program. RB Ty’Son Williams, who played sparingly as a freshman last season at North Carolina, is still considering his options and one of those is USC. Williams has not finalized his plans at this point but hopes to know something in a few days.
Williams was one of the state’s top running backs in 2014. He strongly considered USC at that time but waited to long to make his decision and the Gamecocks filled their running back needs for that class with Mon Denson.