Wake Forest’s young offense just received a needed boost after landing transferring WR K.J. Brent.
Brent announced his decision to leave South Carolina late last month, bringing more attrition to the Gamecocks’ already depleted receiving corps.
He followed up today by announcing his pledge to Wake Forest via twitter.
Come fall this year I'll be a Demon Deacon at Wake Forest University! 🎩
— KJ (@kj_brent) February 22, 2015
The former three-star recruit was under utilized during his time in Columbia, never once surpassing 10 receptions in a season in either of his first three years there. His sole touchdown of his South Carolina career came during Week Two of his junior campaign, when he snagged a touchdown that helped the Gamecocks down in-state foe East Carolina, 33-23. He wasn’t getting the minutes or the reps in Columbia, so his decision to transfer comes as anything but a surprise.
Wake Forest struggled in the passing game all season in 2014, which can be chalked up to a handful of factors, most notably youth across the board. Adding salt in the wound, Wake lost two of its best receivers from last season (Mike James, E.J. Scott), which shines more light on why Brent selected the Demon Deacons as his new home; Brent will have an opportunity to play early and often in his new home.
Head coach Dave Clawson and the Deacons need to have better success through the air if they wish to be more competitive in conference play when the season rolls around. Last year, Wake finished 12th out of 14 in the ACC in overall passing, just barely eclipsing 2000 passing yards (2116) with 12 touchdowns and a whopping 14 interceptions. Brent’s resume is not impressive, but his experience and leadership will be a needed crutch on a team that lacks it.
Brent is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and will eligible to play immediately in the fall of 2015.
*Section Photo credit to Nelson Chenault, USA Today Sports; Featured Photo (above) credit to John Sommers II, Getty Images