South Carolina suffers second opt out from key player following Will Muschamp firing
The Will Muschamp firing is beginning to hit the South Carolina program in more ways than one.
One area is with opt outs, as cornerback Jaycee Horn on Monday announced his decision to end his season and focus on the NFL Draft. Now the other star cornerback for the Gamecocks, Israel Mukuamu, has announced similar plans.
Mukuamu thanked his teammates and the University of South Carolina for the opportunity and friendships.
“I know that the bonds that we’ve created will last a lifetime,” he wrote on Twitter. “… To Coach Muschamp, Robinson, Krantz and the entire coaching staff. You guys helped me become a better player and even more a better man. Through your wisdom and mentorship, I’ve grown leaps and bonds mentally. Thank you for pouring into me and preparing me for the next level.”
Mukuamu made a name for himself last season with three interceptions at Georgia in the biggest win of the Muschamp era. He battled a groin injury for much of this season, but has two interceptions. He and Horn are tied for the team lead in picks. Mukuamu missed the Auburn game, and has 10 tackles on the season.
The 6-foot-4 and 205 pound junior is an attractive draft prospect for his frame alone and long arms, and has made several highlight-reel plays at Georgia last year, and against Florida this season he made an acrobatic one-handed interception.
— Izzy 🇨🇩 (@IsraelMukuamu) November 17, 2020