USC reportedly losing another wide receiver to the transfer portal
USC wide receiver Gary Bryant Jr. is entering the transfer portal, according to multiple reports on Monday. The news comes after Bryant was shut down three games into the 2022 season to preserve a redshirt. He’ll have three years of eligibility to play at his next school.
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Bryant had just two catches for 15 yards this past season. He saw seven in the season-opener against Rice, six the following week against Stanford, and then 10 the next week against Fresno State. Most of that usage was in the slot. Mario Williams and Tahj Washington dominated those slot snaps through the first three games.
“Right now, the plan is he will redshirt,” head coach Lincoln Riley told reporters after practice in mid-September.
A year ago, Bryant produced 579 yards and seven touchdowns on 44 catches. As USC loaded up the receiver room last offseason via the transfer portal, Bryant and Tahj Washington stood out as potential difference-makers returning. Among all Pac-12 receivers, those two were the leading returners from the 2021 campaign.
But he found himself lower down the depth chart. With Bryant out of the picture later in the year, USC saw breakout performances from Washington and Michael Jackson III as other receivers battled injuries. Still, Bryant remained with the Trojans and worked on the scout team. He traveled to the Cotton Bowl last week as well.
The 5-foot-11 Bryant appeared in five of a possible six games in 2020, his first year on campus. He was a 4-star recruit out of the 2020 class, ranked as the 46th overall prospect and the seventh receiver.
He’s the second receiver to transfer since the season ended, joining 2022 signee CJ Williams.
The Trojans signed two 5-star high school prospects in the 2023 class — Zachariah Branch, the No. 1 receiver in the class, and Makai Lemon. USC also signed Arizona transfer Dorian Singer, the Pac-12’s receiving yards leader in 2022. Brenden Rice looks poised for a breakout following a 174-yard outing against Tulane.