Ahmad Christian confirms his departure from USC

jkendall@thestate.comDecember 12, 2013 

Ahmad Christian

TRAVIS BELL — Sideline Carolina

Sophomore cornerback Ahmad Christian is leaving South Carolina’s football team, he confirmed Thursday on Twitter.

"South Carolina been fun but i have decided i want to be sumwhere closer to home thanks for all the support and ppl behind me love y'all," he tweeted.

Christian, a 5-10, 189-pound native of Jacksonville, Fla., is leaving on what a source told The State on Tuesday was a decision to leave to be closer to his ailing mother.

“Ppl dont know wat they be talkin bout … but God Bless,” Christian tweeted Tuesday morning. Later in the day, this was posted on his Twitter account: “hope yall kno i would be the startin corner next year by far.”

Christian’s departure won’t have much effect on the No. 8 Gamecocks’ postseason but could be a big loss looking ahead to a future that is short on cornerbacks. South Carolina’s starting tandem of Jimmy Legree, a senior, and Victor Hampton, a junior, will enter the NFL Draft after the bowl game.

Christian was the team’s third-leading tackler among cornerbacks this year with 18 stops to go along with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. His exit will leave junior Ronnie Martin, redshirt freshman Rico McWilliams and true freshman Ali Groves as the only returning cornerbacks next season. Martin and McWilliams barely saw the field this season, and McWilliams’ one tackle is the only statistic they accumulated.

The two defensive backs in South Carolina’s 2014 recruiting class, Al Harris Jr. and Darin Smalls, both are recovering from significant leg injuries that could effect their offseason preparation. The Gamecocks could add two to three more defensive backs to this class prior to February’s signing day.

Christian played in 24 games the past two seasons after signing with South Carolina as a three-star prospect out of Trinity Christian High School. He also had a short stint with the Gamecocks baseball team.

After failing to make the 35-man roster as a true freshman, Christian made the cut last spring but an injury early in the season kept him out of the regular rotation and he finished with one hit in five at-bats, and USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook said during the fall season that it would be tough for two-sport players to break into the 35-man roster this spring due to the depth on his squad.

Christian was selected in the 46th round of the Major League Baseball draft coming out of high school.

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