South Carolina will be without one of its January signees this season.
Akeem Cooperwood, a 3-star offensive tackle from Georgia Military College, will not join the Gamecocks in 2016 after failing to academically qualify, coach Will Muschamp announced on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-7, 325-pound offensive lineman chose the Gamecocks over East Carolina, Buffalo and Chattanooga.
He was rated as the nation’s No. 13 offensive tackle among junior college prospects, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.