Four official visitors from the NCAA Transfer Portal for USC over the weekend, and now four commitments. Running back Christian Beal-Smith (5-9 190), formerly of Wake Forest, was the last of the four to announce his commitment to Shane Beamer. He did that Monday night shortly before the kickoff of the National Championship Game.
Beal-Smith entered the Portal on January 3rd as a grad transfer after concluding his Wake Forest career with 1871 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Tennessee and NC State were two others to get involved with the native of Winston-Salem.
The Gamecocks lost their top two rushers from this season in Kevin Harris and ZaQuandre White. Beal-Smith currently is the only running back in the Gamecocks’ 2022 class and will join Marshawn Lloyd, Juju McDowell and Rashad Amos in the running back room.
Also committing to the Gamecocks from the weekend were DE Terrell Dawkins from NC State, SAF Devonni reed from Central Michigan and WR Antwane Wells of James Madison.
The Gamecocks now count 30 in their 2022 class including signees, commitments and transfers who have to count in the class.
Here’s more on Beal-Smith from his Wake Forest bio:
Career average of 4.96 yards per carry ranks third in Wake Forest program history… Needs 384 yards to crack into the top 20 in Wake Forest history and 1,045 to move into the top-10 … Has totaled 1,185 yards in his career entering the 2021 season.
2021 (Redshirt Junior)
Rushed for a season high 95 yards against Florida State… Scored a season-high two touchdowns against Old Dominion..Set new career highs in receptions (3), reception yards (24), longest reception (15 yards) and longest kick return (27 yards) versus Army.
2020 (Redshirt Junior)
Rushed for 732 yards and five touchdowns en route to being named Third Team All-ACC by Phil Steele … Averaging 5.5 YPC on 107 rushing attempts through seven games … Carried the ball for 120 yards vs UNC (11/14) … Racked up 129 yards on 13 carries vs No. 19 Virginia Tech (10/24) … Averaged 6.5 YPC vs Campbell on 20 rushes for 130 yards (10/2) … Recorded his longest rush since the 2018 season against NC State (31 yards) while finding the endzone for the first time in 2020 … Leading rusher against Clemson in the season opener … Awarded a varsity letter for the third time in his career.
2019 (Redshirt Sophomore)
Appeared in nine games and made two starts … Finished with 304 yards, fourth on the team, and two touchdowns … Scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard run vs. Utah State (8/30) in the season opener … Made his first career start at Rice (9/6) and carried 10 times for 30 yards while scoring on a first quarter two-yard run… Started vs. North Carolina (9/13) and rushed for 51 yards on 15 carries … Posted career-highs with 14 carries for 123 yards vs. Louisville (10/12) including a season-long run of 25 yards, recording his first career 100-yard rushing game … Team leader in kickoff returns with eight for 143 yards … Added six receptions for 25 yards … Played 336 offensive snaps as a redshirt sophomore including a season-high 63 plays vs. Louisville … Earned second varsity letter.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Tulane (8/30) … Recorded his first college carries against Towson (9/8) and was the second-leading rusher with 68 yards on six carries, an 11.3 average … Career-high 10 carries vs. Notre Dame and added his first career KOR … Finished fifth on the team with 231 rushing yards … Had the second-highest yards per carry rate (4.9) among running backs… Also a critical member of the special teams where he tied for the team lead with six special teams tackles… Picked up 60 yards on nine carries in a win over Rice (9/29) and had 44 yards on eight carries the following week vs. eventual national champion Clemson (10/6).
2017 (True Freshman)
Redshirted… Named the offensive scout team player of the week following Wake Forest’s win over Louisville… Scored two touchdowns in 2018 spring game and posted game-high 97 rushing yards… Enrolled at Wake Forest in January, 2017.
Team captain… Ranked as the No. 2 running back in the state by Scout and was a consensus three-star prospect by Scout, Rivals and 247… Rated the No. 34 running back in the South by Scout… Considered the 27th-best prospect in North Carolina by the Fayetteville Observer… Ranked by 247Sports as the No. 17 all-purpose back in the country … Represented North Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in December, 2016… Three-time All-Northwest selection by the Winston-Salem Journal… Named the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference Offensive Player of the Year… Three-time all-conference pick… Rushed for 1,525 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior … Averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 227 attempts … Ran for six touchdowns in a 2016 win over Northwest Guilford … Helped the Eagles to three consecutive conference championships … Four-year letterman … A versatile playmaker who saw action at six different positions while playing for Coach Todd Willert at East Forsyth … Helped lead the Eagles deep into the state playoffs in his last two seasons … Broke onto the varsity team as a freshman as he compiled 657 rushing yards on 97 carries and five touchdowns … Add 25 receptions for 365 yards and three scores … Rushed for 1,269 yards as a sophomore on 144 carries … Add 37 receptions for 614 yards and three touchdowns … Had 2,223 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns … Had 261 kickoff return yards and 79 yards on punt returns … As a junior, carried 186 times for 1,659 yards and 23 scores … Add 338 yards on receptions, 121 kickoff return yards and 69 punt return yards… Competed in all the dash events at 400 yards and shorter in track.