Several experts have said MaxPreps number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney is one of the few players coming out of high school who could jump straight to the NFL Draft. Given how long it has taken Clowney to decide on where he will play college football, the NFL Draft might actually be over by the time he puts on an Alabama, Clemson or South Carolina hat.
The latest twist in the saga appears to be the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end wavering on having his announcement televised, according to Phil Kornblut of the Spartanburg Hearld-Journal. Clowney is scheduled to announce Monday at 10:15 AM Eastern and many thought he would announce live on ESPN. His high school coach, Bobby Carroll, says that the ceremony will be a likely small gathering with selected media.
The Charleston Post and Courier’s South Carolina beat reporter Travis Haney has heard conflicting information about the announcement being televised. Like many, Haney expects ESPN to play some role in the announcement of the nation’s number one recruit but notes that Clowney has gone back and forth before:
Beyond the decision itself, I'm intrigued about ESPN presence (or lack of presence) at Clowney's signing. Kornblut said last night that an ESPN official says there are no plans to carry Clowney's announcement live on ESPN or ESPNU. Surprising.
Clowney seems to go back and forth on whether he's tired of the spotlight or not. He says he is - and then goes on ESPNU. He says he is - and then wears a USC shirt and a Clemson hat to some event.
It will all be over soon. Sort of.
Multiple sites are reporting that Clowney is down to either South Carolina or Clemson, with the Gamecocks as the favorite to land him. All we know is that five days is a long time from now.
Expect plenty of twists and turns until then.