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?