Kelvin Rainey has left the South Carolina football program and will transfer.
The redshirt sophomore from Yulee, Fla., will head to a junior college and play linebacker moving forward, according to his guardian, Jon Camp.
"He's a big 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds, still runs great and hopefully in the right situation has many years of great football ahead of him," Camp said. "South Carolina is a great school and Kelvin was lucky to have two good years there learning from a legend."
Rainey won't miss a year of eligibility going to junior college and will look to transfer back to an FBS school after next season, Camp said.
"He's disappointed in the situation but hopes to have a good season playing linebacker," Camp said.
Rainey was recruited by colleges as a tight end and a linebacker out of Yulee High, and the Gamecocks signed him to play offense in the 2012 class.
He redshirted, then moved to linebacker in spring 2013 before moving back to tight end for the season. He did not record a catch as a Gamecock and played primarily on special teams in 2013.
This spring he was fourth on the tight end depth chart behind Rory Anderson, Jerell Adams and Drew Owens.
He was considered a three-star prospect by most rankings out of high school and picked USC over Arkansas.
USC signed one tight end in the 2014 class and is expected to sign two for 2015.