USC grad transfer and former four-star recruit Khaliel Rodgers announced that he would be transferring to North Carolina, not Iowa State as he had previously announced earlier this summer. Now, the North Carolina offensive lineman has decided to halt his battle for a starting job and retire at just 23 years old, he announced on his Facebook page:

“Please Read :: The game of football has been a blessing to me & my family. Football provided a half a million dollar education for free & connections with people from all over the country that will last a lifetime. It has brought me to places I never dreamed about going and memories I will always cherish.

After much thought, I decided to retire from football. the goals I’ve set for myself are bigger then football.

I will continue to further my education while pursuing a career in Business / wealth management. I am very thankful for this game! As this chapter closes, i begin another with the valuable tools Ive learned from the game of football.

Please don’t feel sad or sorry for me due to this decision. This is my choice I’m so excited for the future! Its more to life !”

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North Carolina had started training camp on Wednesday. Here’s what he told Scout earlier in the summer about North Carolina.

“North Carolina is a great school,” Rodgers told Scout in an interview. “… It’s just a great coaching staff and they gave me an opportunity.” 

Rogers previously mentioned that North Carolina is only a short flight from his home, and it was expected to be much less of a travel burden than Iowa or California.

Rodgers started 10 games in his career at USC. He is a former four-star recruit of the 2013 class, where 247Sports‘ player rankings had him ranked as the No. 1 center of the class.

Grad transfer has retired after flipping his commitment in the middle of spring practices Harry How/Getty Images
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