Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe played in a basketball game at Chester on Tuesday night. He is scheduled to announce his college choice Monday at 10:15 a.m. at the school.
An ESPN official said Tuesday that the network currenly has no plans to televise the announcement live. And Clowney's coach at South Pointe, Bobby Carroll, said Tuesday night there probably won't be a major presentation made of the announcement, but rather a smaller gathering of family, friends and the media.
Carroll, who is now the coach at York, keeps in daily contact with Clowney but not so much about his decision.
"I don't talk to Jadeveon anymore about recruiting unless he asks me a question," Carroll said. "That's the million dollar question every day: Where ya going? Where ya going? Where ya going? As I've said a million times, it doesn't matter to me where he goes, I'm going to support him. If he ends up at York Tech, I'll be pulling for York Tech."
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Carroll has stated previously his belief that Clowney will sign with USC, but Tuesday night he wasn't as willing to hazard a guess.
"I think it's tightened up a little bit," Carroll said."He went over to Clemson and his mom went over there and enjoyed it and had a good time just like they have everywhere. I think he met coach Marion Hobby and he likes the scheme they play. You know Da'Quan Bowers came in the No. 1 recruit and he's probably going to leave a No. 1 draft pick, and that's kind of enticing for a kid that they've compared to Bowers. I think Clemson has a shot."
Carroll said he does not expect Clowney to take another visit before making his announcement.
"He's probably going to think that if he goes somewhere, everybody in the world is going to think that's where he's going to end up," Carroll said. "He'll think about it up until the last minute. It's a big decision he's got to make. I really don't think in his mind he knows right now where he's wanting to go. I know the Gamecock people might think and the Clemson people might think and the Alabama people might think different, but I just don't think he knows where he's going."
Carroll said that in reality, Alabama is not a major factor at this point because of the distance.
"I just think he wants to stay in state close to home where we can come see him play," Carroll said.
As for what the deciding factor may be between the Gamecocks and Tigers, Carroll said both have a strong selling point to Clowney.
"If he picks South Carolina, the one thing would be that eight of our players have played down there," Carroll said. "South Carolina, whether they are winning or losing, they have tremendous fan support and that stadium is crazy every Saturday. It's just that Gamecock support and they have a big support group in Rock Hill.
"If he goes to Clemson, it's kind of the same thing. Clemson is a smaller football town. They played for a national title in 1981 and have played for some ACC titles. And it's the lure of their defensive linemen. Maybe not first round picks all of them, but they've had a good run of defensive linemen from way back to Michael Dean Perry and all those guys to the latest in Da'Quan Bowers. It's really a good situation to have. We have two schools in this state that can play good quality football."