Decision made, but only Clowney and mom know for now


Three days before he’s scheduled to announce to the college football world which school has won his gene pool lottery, Jadeveon Clowney has already made up his mind as to where he will ply his collegiate football wares.  In fact, the decision was made earlier this week.

However, unless you answer to “mom” when the nation’s top player in the 2011 recruiting class calls out, you’ll have to bide your time a little while longer.

Clowney has whittled his list of schools down to South Carolina, late-surging Clemson and Alabama, although the latter has reportedly faded from consideration.  The defensive end told the Charleston Post & Courier that he made his decision three days ago, and that the only person that knows — and will know — is his mother, who Clowney says “ain’t going to tell anybody” ahead of a press conference scheduled for 10:15 a.m. ET Monday.

Of course, Clowney’s not giving any hints to his destination, either.  Before signing day, it was thought that the Gamecocks had a slight lead on the Tide, but a heralded class signed by Dabo Swinney‘s Tigers put the “other” in-state school squarely in the mix if not, according to some, in the lead for the Rock Hill, SC, high schooler.

“Who I felt at home around the most and how I’m going to feel when I’m playing with the people,” Clowney said when asked how he came to his decision.

“I had to think about that.  I was laying down one night and came up with the decision and said, ‘That’s where I’m going to go,’ and told my mother.”

Of course, will a little more than 72 hours between now and D-Day, “that’s where I’m going to go” could very well change multiple times, and there are only two people who would know the difference.

The only certainty in this situation?  Delaying a decision nearly two weeks after National Signing Day apparently had less to do with ensuring it was the right choice than it was about feeding the egos of Clowney and/or those around him.  How else do you explain knowing your destination a full week ahead of the scheduled announcement, and yet still going through with the ESPN-fueled circus?

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.