ROCK HILL – Jadeveon Clowney decided three days ago where he will attend college, he told GoGamecocks on Thursday.
He still plans to wait until Monday to tell the world, though. The nation’s No. 1 prospect shared his decision only with his mother. He’s confident the secret is safe with her, he said before he began basketball practice at South Pointe High School.
“She ain’t going to tell anybody,” he said.
Clowney will hold a news conference at 10:15 a.m. Monday at South Pointe and make either South Carolina, Clemson or Alabama happy with his choice.
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Clowney said he made his decision based on “who I felt at home around the most and how I’m going to feel when I’m playing with the people.”
“I had to think about that,” he said. “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.”
Clowney took calls from Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney on Wednesday, and an Alabama coach also called this week, he said.
Clowney said he didn’t plan to visit either in-state school this weekend but then quickly changed his mind.
“I might go to a (basketball) game now that you say it,” he said. “I don’t know which one yet.”
Clowney’s visit to Clemson the weekend before signing day necessitated the delay in his announcement, he said.
“I loved it, really loved it,” he said. “I watched signing day and I was like, ‘Oh, man, they are getting all these athletes. I might have to go there.’ I had to think about it for a couple days.”
Clowney broke down what he likes about each of his remaining choices: “Alabama, I like (that) they know how to win, big ol’ winners. I feel pretty good down there like everything is at ease, South Carolina same thing. (The Gamecocks) have a lot of players I played with. Clemson, they are really about family and stuff, and it’s quiet down there.”
Gamecocks players Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holloman were teammates of Clowney’s at South Pointe.
Now, Clowney said, he’s ready for the circus surrounding his recruitment to be finished. The 6-foot-6 defensive end estimated he is asked where he’s going between 50 and 60 times each day by classmates.
Despite the hype surrounding his recruitment, Clowney is confident he can live up to expectations once he gets to the campus of his choice, he said.
“I’m going to,” he said. “I’m going to.”