USC earns transfer commitment from one of top running backs available
USC added a player to the backfield on Friday who could make an immediate impact when he arrives in Los Angeles.
South Carolina tailback MarShawn Lloyd announced on social media he intends to transfer to USC. Lloyd is a former top-50 prospect in the 2020 high school class and the No. 1 running back in the 247Sports Transfer Rankings. He’ll have two years to play for the Trojans.
— MarShawn Lloyd (@m_lloyd_2) January 6, 2023
An ACL injury in fall camp robbed Lloyd of his true freshman season in 2020, but he bounced back to make appearances in all 12 games for the Gamecocks in 2021. The 5-foot-9, 212-pound tailback was the Gamecocks’ fourth-leading rusher with 64 carries for 228 yards and a touchdown, adding another three receptions for 44 yards.
This past season, Lloyd started in eight of his nine appearances. He ran for 573 yards and nine touchdowns on 111 carries, adding 176 yards and two scores through the air on 18 receptions.
Lloyd brings experience and a versatile skillset to the Trojan tailback room, which will lose 2022’s leader this offseason. Travis Dye has exhausted his eligibility, and USC will need to find someone to step into not only the lead tailback role, but fill the leadership void Dye leaves as well.
The Trojans are set to return Austin Jones and dynamic freshman Raleek Brown. USC is also adding a pair of 4-star backs from the 2023 class in Quinten Joyner and A’Marion Peterson.