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South Carolina football recruiting: Gamecocks lead for Orlando receiver MJ Jarrell

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Gamecocks trending for 3-star receiver

3-star 2017 receiver MJ Jarrell of Orlando, Florida took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend with his family and all indications are that the visit went extremely well.

Jarrell and his family both came away impressed with the coaches, facilities and academic side of the university and that positive visit has been enough in the last 24 hours to get the Gamecocks trending for Jarrell's commitment. South Carolina was always considered to be a top contender for Jarrell's services and now they have taken a firm hold of the lead in his recruitment. Maryland, Duke and Virginia Tech are the other schools to watch out for at this point in time, and it is possible that Jarrell could attract further offers this summer, but as of today, things look good for the Gamecocks.

Three new offers extended

- 2017 4-star safety Grant Delpit of Bradenton, Florida was offered by the Gamecocks on Tuesday, his 28th offer to date.

Delpit, who also carries offers from LSU, Florida, Alabama, Clemson and Baylor, among others, has great size for his position and is one of the top ranked safety prospects in the 2017 class. The Gamecocks will have some work to do in order to get into his top group, but when Travaris Robinson is selling your program to defensive backs, anything is possible.

- Jalen Holston, a 3-star 2017 running back from Stockbridge, Georgia received an offer from South Carolina on Tuesday.

Holston also holds offers from Duke, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Appalachian State. Holston currently lists Virginia Tech as his leader, but the Gamecocks stand a strong chance of getting into the game with him. With Holston being a Georgia kid, watch out for a UGA offer, which could potentially shake things up for him and his recruitment.

- 3-star 2017 defensive end Tyree Johnson of Washington, D.C. was offered by South Carolina on Tuesday.

Johnson is currently high on Maryland, virtually his hometown school, and the Gamecocks' cross division rival Texas A&M. The Aggies recently signed one of Johnson's teammates, which has opened the door for them more with Johnson. South Carolina has some ground to make up for Johnson, who wants to take a few more visits before committing sometime this summer.

Gamecocks look to crack Jones' top eight

5-star 2018 dual-threat quarterback Emory Jones of Franklin, Georgia tweeted on Tuesday that he would be releasing his top eight schools at some point during the day today.

Jones has been publicly quoted as saying that he "definitely" wants to take a visit to South Carolina, which seems like a good sign for the Gamecocks, but we will see when his list is released today. Cracking the top eight for a prospect like Jones would be big for the Gamecocks, who have had great success recruiting high-level quarterbacks in the last year or so. Jones is considered to be favoring Ohio State at this point in the process, but once you make it into a guy's top eight or so, there is no telling what could happen, so Jones' list is certainly something for Gamecock fans to keep their eye on today.

Richardson visits Columbia

2017 athlete Tancey Richardson of South Aiken took an unofficial visit to South Carolina on Tuesday and later tweeted that the visit went well.

Richardson has been very vocal and positive about the recruiting activity that the Gamecocks have shown him thus far, but has still yet to be officially offered. There is some feeling that Richardson will need to come to one of South Carolina's camps this summer and perform well in order to secure an offer from the staff.

Alabama RB to visit this weekend

2017 running back Nicholas Sims of Mobile, Alabama tweeted on Tuesday that he will visit South Carolina this weekend.

Sims only offer to this point is from NAIA Kentucky Christian University, but he is drawing interest from Duke, Army, UCF and Southern Illinois in addition to the Gamecocks. Sims would have to be classified as a super duper sleeper at the moment, but the state of Alabama has been good to South Carolina in the past when it comes to recruiting, so there's no harm in Sims getting a closer look at the program.