Donley set to transfer to South Carolina

Highly touted wide receiver D.J. Donley originally signed with Georgia Tech out of high school in the 2007 recruiting class, but with the arrival of Coach Paul Johnson's option-offense at GT, he's decided to transfer to South Carolina. GamecockAnthem.com spoke with Donley's former high school coach Richard McWhorter on Friday afternoon, and he talked about Donley's decision to transfer to USC.


The 6'4", 200 pound Donley, a former 4-star prospect on Scout.com, has received his release from Georgia Tech and plans to transfer to South Carolina in March, according to Charlton County High School Football Coach Richard McWhorter.

"He got his release from Georgia Tech, and he's 99-percent sure that he's transferring to South Carolina," said McWhorter. "He got his release a little late, and his intentions all along were to transfer to South Carolina. They offered and said they wanted him. Then all of a sudden January 14th was the day for enrollment, and he didn't have his release by then. What he ended up doing was having to come home. He's home right now, but his intentions are to enroll at South Carolina in March when the next quarter starts."

While Donley is nearly a lock to transfer to South Carolina, McWhorter warned that there is still an outside chance he could give Purdue a look.

"There's an outside possibility that he could look at Purdue still. We have two players that are currently with Purdue and another player that is signing with Purdue on Signing Day. There's an outside chance he may go look at them in the next week to two weeks and consider them. But I talked with him yesterday, and he said his intent was to go to South Carolina."

McWhorter talked with two Gamecock coaches today, and they said that everything is set up for Donley to enroll at USC in March and take part in spring practice.

"I talked to Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. and Coach (John) Hunt today, and they were hoping they would have gotten him enrolled on the 14th of January, but it just didn't work out that way because the release didn't happen in time. They're saying they want him in there in March and everything's ready. What he'll do is go to school in March and go through spring practice this year. Then he'll use a redshirt year next year, and he'll be ready to go after that with three (years) to play three."

According to McWhorter, Donley is still disappointed that things did not work out with the home-state school, but he's also excited about what the future holds at South Carolina.

"He could have stayed at Tech and played wide receiver in that scheme, but for D.J. and his situation it wasn't as promising," he said. "He's obviously disappointed that everything didn't work out at Tech, but at the same time I think he's excited about the opportunity to go to South Carolina and play in that style of offense."


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