Gamecocks DB Fleetwood to transfer to Chanticleers

uscfoot-fleetwoodThe Coastal Carolina football team has landed a commitment from another highly rated transfer from South Carolina in defensive back Kyle Fleetwood.

The redshirt sophomore from Stone Mountain, GA, announced his selection of Coastal Carolina on his Twitter account earlier this week. Aside from having the official name of his new school slightly out of order, he sounds excited to be making the switch from Gamecock to Chanticleer:

“Officially committed to the University of Coastal Carolina!,” Fleetwood tweeted. “Blessed to have an opportunity to play for an awesome school and great coaches! ”

Fleetwood leaves USC after moving to the spur position from strong safety last fall, but he only saw action on special teams last season in games against Missouri, Mississippi State, Florida and his future team, Coastal. Fleetwood also was a member of the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Fleetwood redshirted as a true freshman following a stellar high school career at Stephenson (GA) High.  He had a school-record seven interceptions in 2011 and logged 49 tackles and 11 pass break-ups to earn all-state honors as a senior. He had numerous offers out of high school and chose USC over Vanderbilt, Louisville and LSU along with the Gamecocks.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Fleetwood would have had to sit out another year if he had opted to move to one of those schools or any other FBS program. But, at an FCS school such as Coastal, he will be allowed to play in the fall.

Coastal just graduated former gamecocks wide receiver DeMario Bennett, who left the Chants as their fourth leading receiver of all time.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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