The Gamecocks are losing another player this offseason due to a transfer from tight end Kelvin Rainey.
Confirmed #Gamecock TE Kelvin Rainey is transferring to Iowa Western C.C., no longer enrolled at USC.— Chris Clark (@GCChrisClark) May 16, 2014
Rainey has been at Carolina since enrolling early as a true freshman in January of 2012. He redshirted his freshman year in 2012 but saw the field in 2013 playing eight games at both tight end and on special teams. He spent time as a linebacker out of necessity in the spring of 2013 before moving back to tight end, where he fell behind established players like Rory Anderson and Jerell Adams.
Anderson and Adams, along with Drew Owens, were all expected to be above Rainey on the depth chart this upcoming fall for the 2014 season. While Rainey would have had an opportunity to play, especially in 2015 moving forward, it makes sense to see why he would want to transfer from the program. His opportunities seem limited for the time being and moving a JUCO school should give him an opportunity to move back to another Division I-A program in the near future.
Rainey's departure leaves South Carolina with Rory Anderson, who's recovering from surgery, Jerell Adams, Drew Owens, walk-on Jacob August and incoming freshman Kevin Crosby as the tight end rotation for the 2014 season.