USC quarterback Jack Sears, a four-star recruit in the 2017 class, has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Sears announced the news Tuesday evening.
According to his statement, Sears will continue to train and work out and has told the USC staff that he is available if they need him. Sears had fallen to fourth-string on the Trojan depth chart before his announcement.
By the sound of Sears' announcement, he plans on staying at USC through the semester and obtaining his degree.
"If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal," Sears wrote. "The following statement is to clarify the situation and avoid speculation."
Sears was the No. 4 Pro-Style quarterback and the No. 13 senior in the state of California in 2017, according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.
He originally committed to Duke before flipping to USC in late fall of his senior year. Sears enrolled early with the Trojans in January 2017.
After redshirting as a freshman, Sears entered 2018 as the No. 3 quarterback behind J.T. Daniels and Matt Fink. With Daniels and Fink out due to injury, Sears stepped in and made his lone start at USC against Arizona State, throwing for 235 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-28 passing.
Assuming Sears obtains his undergraduate degree this semester, he will be able to play immediately next year wherever he winds up.