Redshirt-freshman cornerback Je’Quari Godfrey is moving on from the USC football program, seeking a transfer before the 2018 season begins.
Since releasing the first depth chart of the season on Sunday, USC has now lost two players. First, safety Ykili Ross, and now, reserve redshirt-freshman cornerback Je’Quari Godfrey.
Head coach Clay Helton announced the departure as part of his press conference Tuesday, following the Trojans’ first game week practice of the year in preparation for Saturday’s matchup with UNLV.
“[Ross and Godfrey] are great men and two great kids,” Helton said. “We thanked them for their service and we wish them all the best.”
After redshirting last year to recover from a knee injury suffered in high school, Godfrey was listed as a third-team cornerback on this week’s depth chart, behind soon-to-be four-year starter Iman Marshall and highly rated true freshman Olaijah Griffin.
While his placement made it an uphill battle for him to see playing time in 2018, with at least six other cornerbacks ahead of him across three different sub-positions, losing Godfrey is concerning in the Trojans’ quest to build out depth going forward.
Marshall, along with nickelbacks Ajene Harris and Jonathan Lockett, will run out of eligibility following the season, making next year’s battle for starting jobs at corner one of the most hotly contested on the team.
The good news for the Trojans is that they’ve done well to stock up on bluechip cornerbacks recently, including signing three in the 2018 recruiting class: Griffin, Isaac Taylor-Stuart and Chase Williams.
Originally committed to the California Golden Bears, Godfrey signed with the Trojans in the 2017 recruiting class as a three-star corner out of Oakland’s Bishop O’Dowd High School. He was teammates with current USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Godfrey will sit out the 2018 football season and will be able to compete for another program in 2019, with three years to play out his three remaining seasons of eligibility.