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Ray Thornton III Enters Transfer Portal

Another week, another transfer.

NCAA Football: South Carolina State at Clemson Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The redshirt sophomore from Phenix City, AL has decided to transfer out of the Clemson program.

Thornton is the second safety to leave this season, following in the footsteps of Joseph Charleston who departed in October. Rated as the 49th overall safety and the 23rd best player out of Alabama, Thornton was a three-star prospect.

Entering the 2021 season, Thornton had amassed 17 career tackles and a pass breakup over 15 different games. With only 74 snaps on the year, Thornton’s absence will be seen mostly in the depth chart, if at all. Here is how the safety room looks now:

Offensive Snaps

Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
DJ Uiagalelei* QB 64 788
Will Shipley* RB 39 330
Phil Mafah RB 17 166
Kobe Pace RB 14 243
Darien Rencher RB 3 68
Beaux Collins* WR 53 406
Dacari Collins* WR 43 212
Will Swinney* WR 24 111
Ajou Ajou WR 15 236
Will Brown WR 12 77
Max May WR 5 33
Davis Allen* TE 44 474
Sage Ennis TE 17 195
Jake Briningstool TE 14 84
Luke Price TE 6 33
Walker Parks* OL 64 795
Mason Trotter* OL 64 450
Hunter Rayburn* OL 64 432
Jordan McFadden* OL 61 798
Will Putnam* OL 55 560
Marcus Tate OL 9 555
Bryn Tucker OL 3 66

The more interesting development from this news is how the scholarships will be allotted for the 2022 class. Numbers are always a volatile factor to manage and this season’s transfers have created several spots that can and should be given to potential contributors for the future.

As always, we wish Ray the best with his future academic and athletic endeavors.