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South Carolina football recruiting: Gamecock coaches offer a flurry of new prospects

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Analyzing a handful of South Carolina's recent scholarship offers for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Let's take a look at some of the 2015 prospects who have recently picked up offers from the South Carolina coaching staff.

Four-star defensive end Michael Barnett, Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland High School

The Gamecocks made an offer to the Lowcountry defensive lineman after losing 2015 commit Chauncey Rivers to Georgia. At 6'4, 248 pounds, the Woodland product plays strong-side defensive end and is the 15th-ranked strong-side end in the nation and the No. 6 overall player in South Carolina, according to the 247Sports Composite Index. Barnett was once a Virginia Tech commit and boasts nine Division I offers. The Gamecocks have some work to do here as they were late to the party, but don't rule out the Clowney effect, as Barnett has gone on record as saying that Clowney's film "inspired" his own play.

Three-quarterback Lamar Jackson, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Boynton Beach Community

Jackson is a true dual-threat quarterback. As a junior, he passed for 1,688 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also ran for over 1,400 yards and added another 16 scores on the ground. Jackson is 6'2, 181 pounds, and has 11 Division I offers. South Carolina is firmly entrenched at the top of his top ten list. The signal-caller plans on visiting Columbia sometime this year and really likes the way Connor Shaw played the quarterback position during his career at Carolina.

Three-star running back Ty'Son Williams, Sumter (S.C.) Crestwood High School

Williams immediately put the Gamecocks in his top five after receiving an offer from Deke Adams and Everette Sands. South Carolina will look to sign a couple running backs this cycle, considering they signed none in 2014 after losing out on Derrell Scott. Williams is a big, physical back at 6'1 190 pounds. Currently Georgia has a slight edge, but Williams recently said he likes Coach Adams and the fact the Gamecocks didn't sign any running backs in 2014. He is the 22nd-ranked running back in the country and the 5th-best player in South Carolina.

Two-star cornerback Damon Arnette, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School

After playing wide receiver as a junior, Grady Brown has offered Arnette as a cornerback. Arnette has never played corner before, but that will be his position as a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas. Though he has never been to Columbia, he plans to attend a camp in June. The South Florida prospect is 6'2 and 185 pounds, and is long and rangy at the corner position, something defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward really likes. Reining National Champion Florida State has also offered along with Indiana, Kentucky, and Hawaii.

Running back Dexter Williams Orlando (Fla.) Olympia High School

Everette Sands offered Williams following an impressive showing at a Florida combine in February. The Sunshine State rusher is currently not rated by any of the major services, but look for that to change as he has drawn recent offers from in-state schools Miami and Florida. Ohio State and Tennessee have also offered. The 6'0 192 pound back rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior.