USC quarterback Jake Bentley to transfer for final year of eligibility

South Carolina Gamecocks

FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley (19) throws a pass under pressure from Akron defensive lineman Brock Boxen (50) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C. Bentley believes South Carolina has made progress this year. He’d like to show that on the field one final time when the Gamecocks take on Virginia at the Belk Bowl next week. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

(WSPA) – University of South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley announced on social media that he will graduate from the university this month and will then transfer to another school to play out his final year of eligibility.

In the post, Bentley thanked Coach Muschamp, his teammates and all of his coaches at USC.

“The past 3 1/2 years have been incredible. I have met lifelong friends and made memories that I will never forget. However at this time, I believe that it is in my best interest to graduate on December 16th and transfer to play my final year of eligibility,” Bentley said. “This is one of the toughest decisions I have ever had to make. Leaving this incredible university is extremely difficult. I will forever be grateful to the coaches, professors, administrators, and my teammates of this great school.”

“Coach Muschamp, thank you for believing in a 17-year-old kid that skipped his senior year of high school to come to college. Thank you or giving me the opportunity of a lifetime that I will never forget. Thank you for giving me the ability to live out my childhood dream of playing college football at the University of South Carolina,” he said.

Bentley ended his note with a message for USC fans.

“Thank you to the fans that supported me through thick and thin — never underestimate the power of positivity. South Carolina has developed me into a better football player, but more importantly, it’s developed me into a better person. USC will forever be a part of who I am. I am excited for the next chapter of my life. Forever to thee!” Bentley said.

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