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Sawyer picks Carolina

South Carolina needs defensive ends that can play early and it landed one of the country's best Tuesday afternoon when class of 2014 four-star defensive end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett) committed to the Gamecocks.

Class of 2014 four-star defensive end Dante Sawyer committed to Carolina Tuesday.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who is ranked the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the country with a rating of 94 from 247Sports, chose Carolina over Missouri and Auburn.

"I picked them because of the school," Sawyer said. "They have one of the top business schools, which is what I want to major in. I like being in Cola and just everything about South Carolina."

The Peach State's No. 10 prospect according to 247Sports was recruited to Carolina by his recruiter of record, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus and defensive line coach Deke Adams.

"I committed to Coach Mangus last night and he was ecstatic!" Sawyer said.

South Carolina made it's move when Sawyer took his first ever visit to the school last month for the Gamecocks win over Mississippi State.

"It was crazy. I loved it," he said two weeks ago. "I love being in Columbia. I'm going to go back for my official visit. It opened my eyes a lot seeing everything they have to offer."

Sawyer, ranked the No. 158 prospect in the country by 247Sports, also held offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee at various points in the process.

Sawyer is South Carolina's 16th commitment of the 2014 class and the pick-up moves the Gamecocks to No. 24 in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

Sawyer carries a rating of 0.9362 in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He's ranked the No. 7 WDE, No. 134 overall prospect and No. 8 prospect in the state of Georgia in that rankings system.

Sawyer summed up how it feels to be committed to South Carolina with one word: "Cocky!"

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