What Texas A&M grad transfer Nick Harvey means for South Carolina football

South Carolina football landed a former 4-star cornerback and U.S. Army All-American in Texas A&M graduate transfer Nick Harvey on Wednesday.

While those high school credentials look nice on paper, what Harvey has done in three seasons since means a whole heck of a lot more to the defensive brain trust of Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson.

Harvey started 12 games for the Aggies in 2016, finishing with a team-high 10 pass breakups. He was fourth on the team with 66 tackles and an interception. There were eight games that season that he finished with at least 5 tackles, one of which was on the road against South Carolina.

In Harvey’s first two seasons at Texas A&M, he didn’t miss a game, so the Gamecocks happily will welcome an experienced cornerback to a defensive backfield that’s short on veterans, beyond the current starters.

As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately.

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Senior Rashad Fenton, an 18-game starter under Muschamp, is expected to occupy one of the starting cornerback spots. Muschamp and Robinson have the luxury of sliding senior Keisean Nixon inside to play nickelback, a position that needs a new starter, now that sophomore Jamyest Williams is playing safety.

Williams will compete for time with two seniors – Steven Montac and Rice graduate transfer J.T. Ibe. Redshirt junior Javon Charleston, who’s currently listed as a starter with Montac, also is in the mix. Redshirt freshmen Jaylin Dickerson and Zay Brown and freshman R.J. Roderick are in the mix, too.

Another senior at cornerback will take some of the pressure off of several players with no in-game, college experience at the position, including redshirt sophomore Korey Banks, redshirt freshman Tavyn Jackson and freshmen Israel Mukuamu and Jaycee Horn.

Now it’s just a matter of figuring out where each piece fits. One would have to imagine Muschamp and Robinson feel a little more comfortable mixing and matching five seniors for as many as six positions in the secondary.

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