A JSU representative said Fanning and Georgia sophomore quarterback Christian LeMay have informed the Gamecocks' coaches they intend to transfer to the school. The representative said nothing will be official until they enroll at JSU, and the spring semester doesn't begin until Jan. 2.
In addition, ESPN.com is reporting Georgia safety Shaquille Fluker is planning to transfer to JSU, although 247sports.com quoted Fluker as saying he will decide between JSU and Northwestern State.
All three players would have two years of eligibility each and be allowed to play in 2014.
Fanning, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound defensive end, was a four-star recruit out of Harris County High in Hamilton, Ga. ESPN ranked him the No. 14 defensive end nationally.
He has spent three seasons at Alabama, which includes a redshirt season in 2011. He played in eight games in 2012 and made four tackles.
He played in four games this past season, making three tackles. He was suspended for undisclosed reasons Oct. 23 and hasn't returned to practice since then.
Fanning has made a visit to JSU. His roommate at Alabama was offensive lineman Caleb Gulledge, who transferred to JSU in August after he was medically disqualified to play at Alabama.
LeMay played at Butler High in Matthews, N.C., and led his team to a 15-0 season and a state championship his junior season in 2009. He was the Maxpreps.com national junior of the year and a four-star prospect.
LeMay did not play as a senior. He was suspended for 30 days in July 2010 because of an undisclosed violation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System's code of conduct. A statement released by his family after an unsuccessful appeal said the violation was a "youthful infraction" that did not "involve drugs weapons or any form of violence."
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, he chose to sit out the season, complete his degree requirements and enroll at Georgia in January 2011.
He redshirted his first season at Georgia, then played in five games in 2012, completing 1 of 2 passes.
He spent this past season on the bench, rising no higher than third on the Georgia quarterback depth chart.
Fluker signed with Georgia in February out of East Mississippi Community College, where he was rated a four-star prospect and the No. 36 prospect nationally, according to ESPN.com.
He sat out the 2013 season because of medical issues.