Two USC receivers announced plans to transfer Wednesday, with redshirt junior Brandon Carswell saying via Twitter that he is heading to Cincinnati and senior Travon Patterson telling USCfootball.com he will transfer to Colorado.
Backups both, the two totaled 16 catches for 124 yards in their five collective seasons at USC.
Carswell had long been rumored to be considering a transfer but denied speculation earlier in the week that he had made his decision. Tuesday, former USC receiver Vidal Hazelton, now playing for the Bearcats, announced via Twitter that Carswell would be joining him in Cincinnati; Wednesday, Carswell confirmed that, tweeting: "Leaving to Cincinnati on Tuesday... It's going to be new but fun I can't wait."
Patterson told the USC-centric site late Wednesday night that he would be heading to Colorado, where he will join a squad boasting only three experienced players at receiver, including senior Scotty McKnight, who had 76 catches for nearly 900 yards in 2009. Colorado also has only two scholarship receivers who are taller than 5-11, meaning the 5-9 Patterson will fit right in.
Of course, the moves leave the Trojans with only three scholarship returnees at receiver: senior Ronald Johnson, redshirt sophomore Brice Butler and sophomore De'Von Flournoy. Flournoy played sparingly in 2009 while Butler started once and played in all 13 games. Johnson was the No. 2 receiver across from departed star Damian Williams.
Of course, USC has an influx of talent in the class of 2010 at receiver, with Kyle Prater, Markeith Ambles and Robert Woods already practicing with the team during summer throwing sessions. Prater enrolled early and spent spring practice with the Trojans.