Promising, former four-star USC RB darts to transfer portal ahead of spring football

Brandon Campbell, USC Football
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Former 2021 four-star running back signee with USC football, Brandon Campbell, has officially hit the transfer portal (all recruiting ratings and rankings in article are as of 247Sports). Campbell was promising for SC, as he was the No. 22 RB in the country.

Campbell must not feel that he will be getting playing time now that SC has so many other talented running backs on the roster. Even with Vavae Malepeai and Keaontay Ingram not playing college football anymore, SC still returns TCU transfer Darwin Barlow (who was higher on the depth chart last year than Campbell), brought in Stanford RB1 Austin Jones from the portal as well as special Oregon RB1 Travis Dye, and picked up the No. 3 back in the 2022 recruiting class in Raleek Brown.

There's so much competition for snaps at the running back position with USC, Campbell likely feels he could get more playing time elsewhere. And he could. Campbell played well in his opportunities last year. He played in the last few games of the season and looked solid.

Brandon Campbell averaged 4.4 yards per carry for USC football last season.

Brandon Campbell's best game for USC football was his last, where he was given the most touches he had all year (10 touches). He also had the most carries he had all year (nine). He turned them into 36 yards on the ground and also had a reception for 16 yards.

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Campbell could get significantly more playing time than what he'd likely have for USC. Many other Power Five teams don't have a four-star RB on their roster, and would be able to find a spot for Campbell. Campbell has talent, and did indeed flash it in his limited (12) carries this year. The issue is that there are just too many other talented guys crowding the running back room in front of him.