South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn, son of ex-NFL WR Joe, opts out to prep for 2021 NFL draft

Nick Bromberg
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Two South Carolina cornerbacks are getting a head start on his draft preparation.

Jaycee Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe Horn, said Monday night that he would be opting out of the rest of the regular season to get ready for the 2021 NFL draft. Horn could be chosen as early as the first round of the draft and is South Carolina’s best defender.

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Horn’s decision to opt out of the season comes a day after South Carolina fired coach Will Muschamp. The team fired Muschamp on Sunday night after South Carolina lost 59-42 to Ole Miss on Saturday. The Gamecocks allowed Ole Miss to gain 708 yards of offense as Ole Miss QB Matt Corral set a school record for most passing yards in a single game.

The loss dropped South Carolina to 2-5 on the season and ensured that USC could finish no better than .500 in 2020. Mike Bobo will be the team’s interim coach for the remaining three games of the season.

Horn, a junior, has two interceptions and six passes defended in 2020. He ends his South Carolina career with 101 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, two picks and 23 passes defensed in 30 games.

The Georgia native was a four-star recruit in the class of 2018. His father Joe played in the NFL from 1996-2007 and made the Pro Bowl four times as a member of the New Orleans Saints.

South Carolina defensive back Jaycee Horn (1) drops back in coverage against Mississippi in the second half in an NCAA college football game, in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Mississippi won 59-42. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)
South Carolina's Jaycee Horn is heading to the NFL. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

Israel Mukuamu opts out too

Hours after Horn said he was opting out, one of South Carolina’s other top corners said he would be skipping the rest of the season too.

Israel Mukuamu announced Tuesday that he was going to start prepping for the draft.

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Mukuamu has 10 tackles and two interceptions in five games in 2020. His most memorable college football performance came in 2019 when he picked off Georgia QB Jake Fromm three times in a massive upset. The Gamecocks beat Georgia in Athens to knock Georgia from the ranks of the unbeaten. The loss was Georgia’s only loss of the regular season.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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