COLUMBIA - South Carolina's football team lost one of the top players in its 2014 signing class Thursday, at least for the upcoming season.
Dante Sawyer, a four-star defensive end prospect from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga., will reportedly enroll at East Mississippi Community College. Sawyer will be unable to play at South Carolina until the 2015 season.
Sawyer expressed he "made this move now to better my future" on Twitter.
Sawyer is expected to enroll at South Carolina in the summer of 2015, according to a report on TheBigSpur.com, which covers South Carolina as part of the 247 Sports network. Sawyer's recruitment will be open, leaving the chance for him to attend another college.
He will have four years to play three.
Sawyer would have had a chance at early playing time as a freshman. He was one of seven defensive linemen, and the highest ranked of four defensive ends, in South Carolina's signing class.
"Dante is a high-motor defensive end from Georgia," Sawyer's recruiter, South Carolina quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, said on signing day earlier this month. "Brings a lot to the table. He's got great size, great speed, natural pass rusher. I mean, he loves football. We're excited about him, and looking forward to getting him on campus."