The South Carolina Gamecocks really missed TE Hayden Hurst on offense this season, as he left as a first-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens following the 2017 season.
However, they may have found their next Hurst — an older guy who comes back to school after a minor-league baseball career.
Per 247Sports, Kevin “K.J.” Woods, a former fourth-round MLB Draft pick, will join the Gamecocks as a walk-on for the 2019 season:
Per multiple contacts, Kevin “K.J.” Woods from Fort Mill, S.C., will walk-on with the Gamecocks program this coming season. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder was a fourth round draft pick of the Miami Marlins and was the No. 112 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. That same year the Marlins selected former South Carolina pitcher Adam Westmoreland.
Woods spent five seasons in the minor leagues and was a South Atlantic League all-star as an outfielder while playing for Greensboro during the 2015 season. He will join the Carolina football program as a tight end.
In five minor-league seasons, Woods put up a .241 batting average with 30 home runs and 111 RBI. He made it to the high-A level before calling it quits.
It’s clear the 6-3, 230-pound first baseman is athletic, and now we’ll see if he can make that translate to the gridiron.