Clowney chooses South Carolina over Clemson

The prized recruit in the Class of 2011 is staying home.

Jadeveon Clowney, who recorded 60.5 sacks in three varsity seasons and was named the high school defensive player of the year by USA Today, will play college football in the SEC for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina.

Jadeveon ClowneyThe freakishly athletic Jadeveon Clowney will attend South Carolina.

The 6-6, 260-pound defensive end from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C, chose the Gamecocks over Clemson and Alabama on Monday morning live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Clowney admitted that he was really close to picking Alabama, but his mom didn't like the fact that it was too far from home. He does, however, have a lot of friends in Columbia, and the proximity of the school will allow his mom to see him play live.

South Carolina was long considered the frontrunner, but Clemson made a strong push for his services after assembling a top-10 class under head coach Dabo Swinney. But in the end, on his 18th birthday, Clowney decided to continue his playing career in Columbia.

Now, the question remains whether the beastly defender can meet NCAA academic qualifications.
Early this weekend, The New York Times reported that two people with knowledge of his classroom performance question whether Clowney will be able meet the governing body’s minimum academic standard to play in the fall.

Troy Davis, the coach at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., reviewed Clowney’s transcript and said it resembled that of other prospects who had failed to meet the NCAA’s standards in the past. The poor academic record forced those prospects to enroll in postgraduate programs, such as ones offered at Hargrave.

However, Clowney has said that his academic record was not a matter of concern and that he had not given consideration to enrolling as a postgraduate student at another school.

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