February 14, 2011 by staff
Clowney ended an additional 12 days of signing suspense Monday when he took South Carolina’s hat on a table that also had caps finalists Alabama and Clemson. But first, Clowney had to wait for the green light from ESPN, who made his announcement live to a national audience.
At the signal, Clowney spoke: “I go to the University of…” he said, and then reached for the Gameccks cap “to the cheers of friends, family, students from South Pointe High and his teammates.
Clowney choices capped a wild signing period. On 2 February, the first day players can sign letters of intent – and when did the most – a rookie Georgia held a bulldog puppy and her mother a different perspective in a fax letter to the school, she wanted her son to attend the place of his choice.
But it was difficult to match the scene at the auditorium of South Point on Monday.
Dozens of TV cameras set up a semi-circle pointed to the desk and table, where sat with parents Clowney Clowney Josen and David Morgan. A documentary film crew following Clowney preserved as he entered the room. A British television station carried live drama, sports anchor until stall Clowney received the green light to speak.
Students and football players Stallions paused mid-morning shouting “Happy Birthday” to Clowney, who turned 18 Monday. Everyone looked at the room flat screen televisions until a picture of Clowney, in his South Pointe jersey, popped up on ESPN.
“This has me so nervous, man,” said Clowney to friends before taking the stage.
Finally, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior let everyone know and a big smile crossed his face.
“I’m happy,” he said. “I wish I had done on the second.”
So why did not he? Blame Clowney pleasant nature, said his mother.
“It’s hard to say,” No, “she said.
Recruitinganlysts thought Clowney has long favored the Gameccks. Former teammates Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman began in high school, and South Pointe teammate Gerald G. Dixon was signed earlier this month.
“I knew this week when he told me,” said Dixon. “We just talked about how we should be able to win several championships.”
South Carolina has confirmed it had received the letter of intent Clowney, making him the 32nd signatory Gameccks. Coach Steve Spurrier planned to discuss adding new Monday afternoon.
Clowney has announced an immediate impact on the classification of the Gameccks’ between recruitment services. They improved from 24th to 15th on ESPN.com, 20th to 18th on Rivals.com and Scout.com 13th-11th.
Clowney said he needed additional time to consider a decision between the three schools. He visited last month and said that his trip to Clemson last weekend in January gave him something to think about.
Clowney is expected to contribute fast online before South Carolina, which lost starting defensive end Cliff Matthews.
“I intend to play games, many of them,” said Clowney.
Her coach of South Pointe, Bobby Carroll called Clowney unblockable, has a quick first step and a relentless motor that allows it to hunt for other players quit. Carroll remembers when he had often to keep his star defender on the sideline at practice so the rest of the team to run plays without stopping the cold Clowney.
“When he says, ‘Hey, I’m not the biggest fish in the pond, but fish in the big pond,” he will pull his weight and improve, “said Carroll.
Both Clowney and Carroll say the player will be eligible for Academic South Carolina.
Clowney won South Carolina “Mr. Football” award given to top executives of the state. It is the third consecutive season the Gameccks have signed this afternoon Gilmore honoree in 2008 and running back Marcus Lattimore Byrnes High in 2009.
Clowney had 162 tackles and 29 ½ sacks, caused 11 fumbles and scored five touchdowns this season defensively. The Stallions also put in the backfield and had 20 carries for 274 yards and nine touchdowns.
South Pointe went 38-6 during the season Varsity Clowney three, winning a state title in Class 4A Division II in 2008.
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