Running back Tavien Feaster has made clear his intentions to transfer to the University of South Carolina. After narrowing his decision to the Gamecocks and the Virginia Tech Hokies, Feaster posted a photo of himself on Instagram in full South Carolina garb. The former Spartanburg Viking finishes his time at Clemson with 1,330 yards rushing on 5.9 yards per carry.
Feaster has one season remaining and will be eligible immediately upon his August graduation. His scholarship will count against the 2020 class total. He had visited both Columbia and Blacksburg during the summer, including an unofficial visit to the campus of South Carolina to see his former high school play in a 7-on-7 tournament.
Playing behind Wayne Gallman and Travis Etienne on two championship teams, it is not known how Feaster would handle the featured back role, but he told SportsTalk he “can carry a load for a team. If I felt like I couldn’t carry the load, I wouldn’t have left Clemson.”
Feaster has flashed some big play ability in his time as a Tiger and the former top-rated recruit has retained his confidence, “I feel like I’m the best in the country. I feel like, given my opportunity, I will be the best in the country.”
As for the South Carolina depth chart, Feaster will have less than a month to prove his worth to the coaching staff before the opening game against North Carolina. The team’s leading rusher from 2018 (Rico Dowdle) and most versatile performer (AJ Turner) have both returned, but Will Muschamp made it clear during the offseason that he is seeking more production out of the position.
It would not be a surprise to see the Gamecocks try to capitalize on Feaster’s speed and feature him as a pass catcher and returner, as well. Feaster holds the high school state record for the 200 meters and his abilities as a receiver resulted in 23 catches for 183 yards at Clemson.
Throughout the transfer process, Feaster knew there was a possibility his new school would square off with his old school. Feaster’s decision to transfer to South Carolina has turned that possibility into a certainty. And what will it be like when Feaster is on the opposite sideline from Clemson on Nov. 30th? “Those are my guys down there, you know. It is what it is,” Feaster said. “Like old times, like old practice times I guess.”