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March 23, 2014

Palmer commits

For the second day in a row, the Gamecocks have picked up a verbal commitment for the 2015 recruiting class.

Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna offensive tackle Paris Palmer pledged to USC on Sunday, announcing the pledge via his Twitter account during the evening.

The 6-foot-9, 305-pounder visited South Carolina on Saturday and named USC as his leader immediately afterwards before deciding to pull the trigger on a commitment the following day.

"It went great," Palmer said of the visit. "My family really enjoyed it. We got to watch them practice and they scrimmaged a little bit. I talked a lot with Coach (Shawn) Elliott. They showed us around the facilities and everything was nice. They showed us the new renovations. It all looks good. We got to have lunch with them at the stadium. The stadium was really nice."

Palmer also enjoyed his time with Gamecock offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, who will now be his coach at the next level.

"I like Coach Elliott. I can see that he is real hands on with his players. He tells them what they do wrong and right. He said that I would have a chance to play right away because they are losing both of their offensive tackles to the NFL after this season. It was a good talk. We have a good relationship going."

Palmer will have two years to play two at the college level, according to him.

Arizona State, Baylor, East Carolina, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, Temple, and Utah State also offered scholarships to Palmer, who played his high school football in the state of North Carolina.

What kind of player is Palmer? How will he fit in at USC? Find out here in our commitment insights (subscribers only)

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