Even though Jadeveon Clowney is a 6-foot-6, 255 pound man-child, he is a down-to-earth kid who likes to write poetry and is proud that he made all A’s the first semester.
“And I’m going to do it the second semester,’’ Clowney said. “Grades are important and I’ve worked hard in class to improve them. All this attention, the writers, the movie people, the TV people, it’s nice and good for our school."
Amid reports questioning Clowney's eligibility status, former South Pointe High School coach Bobby Carroll said there is absolutely no doubt in his mind Clowney will be on the field this fall.
"There was never any question in my mind he will qualify," Carroll said. "I'll bet a million dollars he qualifies because he works so hard in the classroom."
Clowney will announce his college decision Monday morning around 10:15 at his school. USC and Clemson are the top two schools for Clowney, who said earlier this week he has made his decision.
Carroll said Friday that he was upset about a New York Times article questioning Clowney's likelihood for qualifying as a freshman. Carroll said he is certain Clowney will qualify because of the hard work he's putting in to the classroom.
Clowney also told GamecockCentral he was upset and that the New York Times article is untrue. He is not planning to visit USC or Clemson on Saturday for their basketball games.
“I want it to be over," Clowney said, "sign my scholarship so I can get on with my school and my senior year.’’
Clowney said he delayed his signing until Monday, his 18th birthday and Valentine’s Day, because he says it’s his Valentine’s gift to his parents, Josanna Clowney and David Morgan.