South Carolina recruiting: 4-star OL Michael Tarquin lists Gamecocks among favorites

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Four-star offensive tackle Michael Tarquin, the No. 18 OT in the Class of 2019 per the 247Sports composite, lists South Carolina as one of his favorite schools.

The Gamecocks share the top tier of his list with Clemson, Miami and Ohio State — but is there an outright leader or specific order for those four schools?

“I don’t know. It’s kind of hard to say right now,” Tarquin said. “I’ve just got to figure out which ones are better than the others for me.”

The Belleview (Fla.) High School junior visited South Carolina on Saturday for the 48-22 win against Arkansas.

“It went great. The game was awesome. The atmosphere was awesome. Heck of a win,” Tarquin said.

While on campus, he spoke with coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Eric Wolford, and said hello to co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and running backs coach Bobby Bentley.

“[Muschamp] and Coach Wolford pretty much just talked about all of the changes that are happening at South Carolina, all of the good changes that are happening. It’s heading in the right direction and they want me to be a part of it,” Tarquin said.

Tarquin has visited South Carolina several times, including the Gamecocks’ game against Western Carolina last season. But his experience on Saturday was particularly special.

“The fans were awesome. The fans were really awesome,” Tarquin said. “That entrance, the ‘2001’ entrance, what they said, that’s really cool. Like I said, the fans are just really good.”

This season, Tarquin has already visited Ohio State, Florida and Miami. Up next is a return to Miami next weekend. He’s also considering visits to Clemson, Florida and South Carolina before the end of the season.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect is getting closer to making a decision.

“Before I start spring practice, maybe, but I don’t really know yet, but probably before then,” Tarquin said of his timeframe.

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