South Carolina stayed hot on the recruiting trail Thursday, adding two commitments to its 2015 class. The Gamecocks reeled in pledges from offensive tackle Austin Clark and linebacker Jalen Henry, per The Post and Courier.
Clark, a 4-star recruit from Lexington, Virginia, is the third offensive lineman to commit to South Carolina. He views the team's success and national prowess as a major plus that played a key factor in his decision.
"They are already ranked seventh in the preseason and I think they finished fourth last season, so they are doing really good in the SEC," Clark told Wes Mitchell of 247Sports. "I had two amazing visits and it is a place that I really liked."
His most recent trip to Columbia occurred in late May. Clark chose the Gamecocks over Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Miami, among others.
Rated 25th nationally among offensive tackles in 247Sports' composite rankings, the 6'6", 297-pound Rockbridge County High School standout is a dominant run-blocker who has room to grow when it comes to pass protection. His skill set and physical frame should put him in contention to crack the two-deep as an underclassman.
Henry is the less-heralded pickup of the two. He wasn't on the radar of many Gamecocks fans before committing during a campus visit and is currently unrated by 247Sports.
The 6'0", 219-pound defender from Foley High School (Alabama) missed the majority of his junior season with a foot injury, per The Post and Courier. South Carolina was the first team from a Power 5 conference to extend an offer.
His other opportunities included Northern Illinois, FIU and Southern Miss. Henry is likely to line up at outside linebacker with the Gamecocks.
He joins 4-star Florida linebacker Sherrod Pittman in a strong defensive class.
Recruit information and ratings courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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