Clowney sending his talents to Gamecocks


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.

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.