We can all breathe a little easier again. Our long national nightmare is officially over.
In an announcement that was broadcast live on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Jadeveon Clowney did the (somewhat) expected and revealed that he will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall. Provided his academics are up to snuff, of course.
“I chose [South Carolina] because I got a lot of friends up there, it’s close to home, my mom can come see me play all the time,” Clowney said shortly after making his announcement.
The Gamecocks had been the purported front-runners for the No. 1 high school football player in the country for months, but a late “charge” by Clemson no doubt left the USC coaching staff uncertain as to which direction the standout defensive end would go. Before signing day Feb. 2, it was reportedly a two-school race between South Carolina and Alabama for Clowney’s services; after signing day — and Dabo Swinney‘s recruiting haul — Clowney publicly added the Tigers into the mix.
Multiple reports also had the Tide fading, essentially making it, again, a two-school race heading into the announcement. It appears, however, that Clowney’s mother nixed her son going to Tuscaloosa.
“When I went to Alabama [on an official visit] I was very close to choosing Alabama. I had fun down there. I really didn’t want to come back home,” Clowney said. “But momma didn’t like it ’cause it was too far.”
Clowney had actually made his decision early last week, but decided to allow the circus to continue anyway.