Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jack Sears (photo above), who recently was listed as No. 4 on the USC quarterback depth chart behind starter JT Daniels, true freshman Kevon Slovis, and junior Matt Fink, has announced that he will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Sears, who has been relegated to the Scout team after an intense quarterback competition from last spring, released the following tweet statement:
“The past week has been a difficult time, a bump in the road, and it makes me realize that life is not linear. I love my teammates, football, USC, and the USC degree. Nobody can ever take that degree away from me. I am proud of the work that I put in on and off the field, the way I competed, and how I have comported myself. Life is about making good and informed decisions.
In an effort to make a good, informed, and non-rushed decision, it is time for me to enter the portal. A student-athlete must be in the portal for other universities and football programs to be allowed to contact them. In the meantime, I will continue to train and work out and have told Coach Helton that I am available if the team needs me. I wish the team nothing but success this season.
I love USC, everything it stands for and will be proud to forever call myself a graduate of the University of Southern California.
The announcement by Sears to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal was not unexpected. He declined to speak to the media the day after head coach Clay Helton made the formal depth chart announcement. Sears depth chart standing relegated him to taking snaps on the Scout team, and there was some question to whether he would even be part of the Trojans’ traveling team roster during conference play.
“I want to personally thank Jack for everything he’s done for USC, our football family, [and] my immediate family,” head coach Clay Helton said. “I ask guys to do three things: compete, give their absolute best effort, and graduate from this university, and Jack has done all three in a first-class manner. He is part of my family for life.”
The former San Clemente High star is expected to be a very appealing talent for potential universities, especially after starting against Arizona State last season for injured starter JT Daniels. Even in a losing effort to the Sun Devils, 38-35, Sears was 20-of-28 for 235 yards and two TDS (6 and 48 yards).