USC wideout Kyle Ford has announced he is entering the transfer portal and leaving the Trojans after four years with the program.

Ford, a junior from Corona, California, is the third Trojan wide receiver to enter the transfer portal in the last week. He joins Gary Bryant Jr. and CJ Williams as players to exit a room that is arguably as deep as any in the country — even with the recent attrition. Ford will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

“In my time here, I went through a lot both mentally and physically and I could not be more thankful for my family, friends, and all the Trojan fans that helped me through my hardships. Those trials of adversity taught me a lot about who I am and I have become a stronger individual because of those experiences,” Ford wrote in a message shared to social media. “I don’t know what better way I could have expressed my love and gratitude to this university except by giving everything I have to it and I can say without a doubt that I have done that.

“… I am beyond grateful for everyone that has supported me on this journey and this place will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for everything USC, I love you.”

Ford came to USC in 2019 while still recovering from a surgery on his knee during his senior season of high school ball. Still, he was able to get on the field for four games and caught a 20-yard touchdown against Oregon late in the year.

Torn ligaments in his knee during the summer of 2020 cost him his entire redshirt freshman season. That injury limited him in spring ball the following year, but he was able to once again return and produce for the Trojans. As a redshirt sophomore in 2021, the 6-foot-3 Ford saw action at receiver in eight games, hauling in 19 receptions for 252 yards and two scores. He had a catch in every game he played in.

Ford saw his snaps fluctuate in 2022 for a loaded receiver room, but when injuries forced the offense to lean on its depth, Ford answered the call. He had just two catches through the first two months of the season and then exploded for 114 yards and a score on six receptions in the Trojans’ win over Arizona.

Later, against UCLA, he had three catches for 73 yards and another score.

Ford exits USC with 24 career appearances, 40 catches for 637 yards, and five touchdowns.

Though USC has lost some major talent to the portal (and the NFL with Jordan Addison), it boasts a wide receiver room that appears to still be loaded. Brenden Rice and Mario Williams are expected back, as is Tahj Washington — all of whom topped 600 receiving yards this past season. The Trojans added the Pac-12’s receiving leader last season in former Arizona standout Dorian Singer. And then there are 5-star 2023 signees Zachariah Branch and Makai Lemon, who should both push for immediate playing time.