South Pointe defensive end Clowney spent the weekend at Clemson on an official visit.
He arrived early Saturday morning and attended the basketball game sitting with Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney behind the Clemson bench. His mother and father joined him on the visit.
Clowney may still take another visit. North Carolina and LSU have been trying to get him scheduled. Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis met with him last week.
Clowney has another weekend available to visit because he won’t sign until February 14th, his birthday. Coaches from USC and Alabama also met with Clowney last week.
“I’ll just flat out tell you, I think he’s going to the University of South Carolina,” said Bobby Carroll, Clowney’s coach at South Pointe throughout his career and now the coach at York. “I’ve thought that since day one. I just believe that’s where he’s going. When you can get 18-thousand fans to chant, ‘We want Clowney’ that’s pretty impressive. I’ve got a good feeling that’s where Mr. Clowney is going to end up.”
Clowney made an unofficial visit to USC for the Kentucky basketball game and the Gamecock fans broke out in their chant for him several times. According to Carroll, that kind of attention is nothing new to Clowney.
“Walk with him through an airport with him somewhere and he’s got that rock star status,” Carroll said. “He’s a character to hang out with and the good Lord blessed me and for the last four years we’ve had a ball.”
For all his national coverage, Carroll believes Clowney will keep his announcement relatively simple and make it at South Pointe High School.
“He cares that much about his school and his teammates,” Carroll said. “ESPN will have a live truck.”
Carroll added that Clowney this Wednesday will do an interview on ESPNU from its studio in Charlotte as part of its Signing Day coverage.