South Carolina won the battle for highly coveted offensive lineman Austin Clark (6-6, 295) of Lexington, Va., on Thursday night when he announced a commitment to the Gamecocks on his local TV station.
Clark picked the Gamecocks over Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Ohio State.
Clark visited USC for a spring practice and made a return visit on May 31 for a final look. He developed a strong relationship with Gamecocks offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, and that was one of his primary reasons for picking the Gamecocks.
"Coach Elliott and coach (Steve) Spurrier were the ones who really, really sold me on the school," Clark said. "They talked about everything, and I was able to see it in person."
The Gamecocks will lose both of their starting tackles after this season and eye Clark as a possible immediate replacement.
Clark is the third offensive lineman to commit to USC for the 2015 class.
Linebacker Jalen Henry (6-1, 200) of Foley, Ala., made an unofficial visit to USC on Thursday and also committed to the Gamecocks. He announced his pledge on Twitter.
"I knew he was going up there," Henry coach Todd Watson told AL.com. "I got a text from linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. He said something to the effect that the Gamecocks just got better. I called Jalen and he told me he had committed."
Henry has 14 offers, with USC his first from an SEC school. He missed most of his junior season with a broken foot. When healthy, Henry is a linebacker who can cover a lot of ground, his coach said.
Henry also plays baseball and was named to the Coastal Alabama All-Region first team.
Henry is the second linebacker commitment for USC's 2015 class and the 15th overall.
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