COLUMBIA– South Carolina has landed one of the nations top under-used backs in Tavien Feaster from Clemson University. Foster was slated to pick either Virginia Tech or South Carolina.
Feaster was the top-ranked all-purpose in the 2016 class. The graduate transfer will be eligible immediately following his decision.
Feaster told Phil Kornblut of The State that he would decide between whether he would be a Gamecock or a Hokie come Week 1 in August.
Feaster took an unofficial visit to the Blacksburg campus and met with head coach Justine Fuente in May but has visited South Carolina’s campus a few times since he decided he wanted out of Clemson.
“I went to a 7-on-7 at South Carolina to watch my high school play and I talked to the coaches while I was up there a little bit. They said I can come in and help them,” Feaster told Kornblut. “Both schools have pros and cons. I couldn’t make a decision right now between the two. When I sat down and put it all on paper and in perspective, those two stood out.”
During his time at Clemson, Feaster was used as a change-of-pace back in Dabo Sweeney’s offense and had to compete for touches against some elite running backs that have played in the NFL. During his Clemson career, Feaster finished with 1,330 yards and 16 total touchdowns over three seasons, appearing in 38 games.
After spring practice concluded in April, Feaster announced that he would enter the transfer portal.
“We appreciate Tavien for everything he brought to Clemson University and our program and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” Dabo Swinney said when Feaster announced that he would enter the portal.
Feaster believes that he could come into Tech’s or South Carolina’s offense and become the RB1 in the offense in time for Week 1.
“I can carry a load for a team,” Feaster told Kornblut. “If I felt like I couldn’t carry the load, I wouldn’t have left Clemson. I feel like I’m the best in the country. I feel like given my opportunity, I will be the best in the country.”