The burgeoning talk about Jadeveon Clowney and his future agent isn’t raising much fuss at South Carolina – yet.
A report from Inside the League, an online service that bills itself as a consultant for the college and professional football industries, said on Monday evening that the Gamecocks’ star defensive end, a Heisman Trophy candidate and potential No. 1 pick in the next NFL Draft, has had contact with rapper Jay Z about his future representation. Jay Z, who is making a push to become a player in the sports agent world with his agency, Roc Nation Sports, has reportedly been wooing Clowney to join his firm.
USC’s compliance office has been alerted of the relationship, and a report from Clowney’s Instagram account seemed to endorse the news on Monday. The account linked to the report, and had the message “You kno (sic) we about to turn up. Dream coming true.”
The post has since been deleted.
It is not an NCAA violation for players and potential agents to talk. It is only an NCAA violation if an agreement has been made. Clowney is free to talk to anybody, something that defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward acknowledged on Tuesday.
“They can talk, he just can’t accept,” Ward said. “He can talk with anybody. I know when I went to see him, right after the bowl game, he and his parents in Rock Hill, there was one particular agent that was coming to town to see Cordarrelle Patterson. He tried to get (one of Clowney’s high school coaches) to get JD to come to a game.”
Like Clowney, Patterson is a native of Rock Hill. He had a breakout season at Tennessee in 2012 after two years of junior college, declared for the NFL and was taken with the No. 29 pick by the Minnesota Vikings.
Clowney will be a desired commodity on and off the field after his junior season at USC, bringing a freakish athleticism between the lines and a powerful paycheck to his agent outside of them.
Projected as at least a top-three pick in the next NFL Draft, Clowney’s eventual payday could set him up for life – the last No. 3 pick, Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan, signed with Miami for a reported $20.573 million over four years, including a signing bonus upwards of $13 million.
His agent will receive a cut of that and Jay Z, the rap star who recently sold his tiny ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets and is married to singer Beyonce, is reportedly trying to be that agent. The rapper’s agency recently branched into sports and made a splash by luring New York Yankees slugger Robinson Cano away from mega-agent Scott Boras. Roc Nation Sports also signed Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith and Tulsa Shock (WNBA) guard Skylar Diggins.
USC coach Steve Spurrier, who was in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday for a special segment between the SEC and ESPN, spoke about Clowney during the show.
“We always worry about our players maybe getting an agent or somebody giving them some money, but Jadeveon has had an excellent summer, very quiet, stayed out of the spotlight,” Spurrier said. “I think he's really ready to go.
“All of our conversations are, ‘Wait until you've played your last game as South Carolina.’ When the bowl game is over this coming season, he's free to accept any amount of money anybody wants to give him. Until then, he has to be a student-athlete like all the other guys or he's not going to be eligible. He's done a good job of knowing that.”