“It’s not something I expected,” Belk told Kornblut. “Nothing bad against the university or coaching staff. I appreciate everything and them taking their time out to coach me and give me the opportunity.
“But sometimes things just happen and you have to move on.”
South Carolina recruited him heavily before he committed to Clemson in January of his junior year at Lewisville High School in Richburg, S.C. The former 4-star prospect and U.S. Army All-American spent this past semester at Clemson and went through spring practice with the Tigers.
South Carolina and Tennessee, according to Belk, have already reached out. Kornblut wrote that Belk has been in contact with Gamecocks defensive line coach Lance Thompson, in addition to speaking with someone from the school’s compliance department.
“[Thompson] was just like make sure I make the right decision and they would love to have me,” Belk said. “And basically just saying the same thing with recruitment.”
However, there’s no guarantee that he will end up with the Gamecocks.
“I’m still talking to my family and praying and making sure everything falls into place,” Belk said.
Blast from the past
SEC Country stopped by Belk’s high school in the fall of his junior season. Here’s what he had to say about the Gamecocks during the first season under coach Will Muschamp:
“I feel like they’ve got to rebuild a little bit. I think they can do it. I like those coaches. I think they’re good.”
After watching South Carolina beat East Carolina, Belk said:
“I watched them fight the whole game and the energy that the coaches brought and the players brought to each other. I liked that,” Belk said of the trip.
Clemson to South Carolina
It’s happened a couple of times within the last two years. Former Clemson cornerback Kaleb Chalmers spent a year at the junior college level before transferring to South Carolina for the 2017 season.
His time with the Gamecocks didn’t last long. Chalmers, who was dismissed from the Clemson football team, transferred from South Carolina at the end of the 2017 season.
Football isn’t the only sport that’s been in on the action. South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley recently landed graduate transfer Nelly Perry, who averaged 11 points during her career at Clemson.