Report: Top South Carolina playmaker not returning next season
South Carolina receiver Pharoh Cooper will reportedly forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft, according to The State’s Josh Kendall.
The junior’s decision comes after a tumultuous season for the Gamecocks. Former head coach Steve Spurrier resigned in October. He was replaced by interim coach Shawn Elliott, who was named a candidate for the permanent position by South Carolina’s administration. However, the Gamecocks have lost four consecutive games under Elliott, including a stunning 23-22 loss to The Citadel on Saturday.
Cooper has 62 receptions for 887 yards this season despite the many issues in Columbia, S.C., including three different starting quarterbacks. He has caught 134 passes for 2,077 receiving yards in three seasons. That ranks ninth and eighth, respectively, in school history.
South Carolina is 3-8 and 1-7 in the SEC. The Gamecocks host No. 1 Clemson on Saturday.