Senior wide receiver Antwane "Juice" Wells Jr. announced Sunday on social media that he has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal.
"Thank you all for everything!!! I appreciate all the love and support that was shown and I will forever be grateful," Wells said in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. "With that being said and as difficult of a decision as this is for me to make, I will be entering my name into the transfer portal as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility left."
Wells caught 71 passes for 965 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in his two seasons with the Gamecocks. He ran the ball three times for 10 yards and an additional score.
Wells contributed the most to the team during the 2022 season, when he became the first offensive player from South Carolina to make the All-SEC First Team since Deebo Samuel in 2018. Wells was ranked second in the SEC in receiving yards per game (74.8) that year and was named the Steve Spurrier Most Valuable Offensive Player after totaling 928 yards and six touchdowns on 68 receptions.
But a lingering foot injury suffered early in the season limited him to just three appearances in 2023. He did not record a catch in the Gamecocks' season opener against North Carolina but caught a combined three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown against Furman and Georgia.
Wells spent two seasons at James Madison prior to joining South Carolina, totaling 1,853 yards and 21 touchdowns on 116 receptions for the Dukes. He was named an FCS Second Team All-American by Stats Perform and HERO Sports after accumulating 1,250 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 2021.
The NCAA transfer portal 's fall period begins on Monday, and the portal will remain open until Jan. 2, 2024.