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McClain will sign with Gamecocks

South Carolina needed one more defensive end to cap off its 2014 recruiting class and in a bit of a surprise it landed one when three-star defensive end Blake McClain (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Sandalwood) switched from Nebraska to the Gamecocks, according to his father, Will McClain.

Blake McClain switched from Nebraska to South Carolina on Tuesday night.

"We're going to sign with the Gamecocks," Will McClain said.

VIP Insider Notes on Blake McClain

Blake McClain is expected to fax his paperwork to the Gamecocks shortly, according to his father.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder was formerly committed to Florida State, but he and the Seminoles went their separate ways last week when McClain was asked to greyshirt.

It quickly became a Nebraska-South Carolina battle. McClain planned to officially visit Nebraska this past weekend, which he did, and visit the Gamecocks next weekend but committed to the Cornhuskers prior to leaving campus.

But South Carolina recruiters Steve Spurrier Jr. and Deke Adams didn't give up their pursuit and kept in contact with McClain leading up to tonight's decision to switch.

The nation's No. 22 strongside defensive end, according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, received visits from Nebraska and Georgia Tech on Wednesday of last week and then upon receiving news of McClain's split with FSU, Gamecocks wide receiver coach Spurrier Jr. raced to the school to make a late push on Thursday.

Spurrier Jr., who technically delivered an offer to McClain as an underclassmen, met with McClain at the school and then in his home Thursday night and firmed up the Gamecocks' offer.

McClain carries a rating of 0.8656 in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the No. 535 overall prospect in his class.

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