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Why Shameik Blackshear left South Carolina. And why he chose TCU

South Carolina defensive end Shameik Blackshear speaks Tuesday after the Gamecocks' practice. By

When Shameik Blackshear put his name into the NCAA transfer portal, several schools quickly reached out, including Virginia Tech and Virginia, but only one head coach made direct contact.

That was TCU head coach Gary Patterson, and that’s why Blackshear is moving to Fort Worth, Texas, at the end of this month and enrolling at TCU in June in preparation of playing his final season of college football with the Horned Frogs.

“He reached out on Twitter, and he explained to me how much they needed a player of my caliber and that I could help them right away because they were graduating two guys and they had other guys off the team for other reasons,” Blackshear said.