Jadeveon Clowney made a public appearance on Friday night, helping his South Pointe High basketball team upset York and earn a third-pace finish in the Region 4-AAA standings.
Clowney has not been speaking to the media and will not do so until he makes the announcement where he'll attend college this morning at 10:15 in the school's auditorium.
Basketball is just a hobby for Clowney, who has said he plays because of his teammates and to help the Stallions make the playoffs. That's accomplished, and the 6-foot-6 center has carried out his role night after night.
As a basketball player, Clowney is a pretty good football player. So good that he's recognized nationally as the top senior player in this year's class.
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Bobby Carroll, his former coach who is now at York, estimates that at least 120 major colleges offered Clowney scholarships. It hasn't been unusual to bump into Alabama coach Nick Saban, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier or Clemson's Dabo Swinney walking the halls at South Pointe to meet with Clowney.
Those are the final three schools on his list of favorites. With ESPN broadcasting live, and with a handful of teachers, coaches and students looking on, Clowney will announce his choice.
"I can tell this has been tough on JD (Clowney's nickname) and that it's taking a toll,'' Carroll said last week. "He a great kid, the best player I've coached in my 28 years. But he's also quiet, serious about football and stays away from trouble.
"It's hard on him because he has to tell two of the schools he's not coming. JD is one of those kids who tries to please everyone, doesn't want to make anyone mad. That's why all of this has been hard for him. He likes everybody.''
Except for attending the Clemson-North Carolina basketball game, Clowney kept a low profile over the weekend. He announced he wouldn't grant any interviews nor sign copies of the ESPN magazine with him dominating the cover. Tracking him down over the weekend proved to be a daunting task.
Clowney stayed out of the public because he grew tired of being asked where he's going to school; because grown-ups are going to his Facebook page begging him to come to their school. The New York Times questioned if he will qualify academically - Clowney says he will - and some people claim to know his choice of schools.
It is widely believed that Clowney is headed to South Carolina, but he's shared his choice only with his mother, Josenna, and neither would spoil today's announcement by letting out the secret.
At one point, Clowney had trimmed his list to Alabama and South Carolina, but Clemson made a late run and captured his attention.
Most national recruiting analysts believe South Carolina is his destination, but maybe just by a nose. ESPN analyst Jamie Newberg told the Charleston Post and Courier last week: "While I would still give (South Carolina) the edge, I've got to believe in stuff I've learned from Signing Day today that Clemson is right there."
Clowney passed signing on Feb. 2 with most of the nation to look at more schools and because today is his 18th birthday. It's also Valentine's Day and Clowney has said the signing is his gift to his mom.
His youth football coach, Perry Sutton, said he has had several discussions with his former standout player. Alabama, Sutton said, was Clowney's favorite visit but thinks he will stay closer to home because of his family.
"But I have no idea what he'll do,'' Sutton said. "I've never asked him, even when he asked me what I'd do. It's his choice and I told him he should pick the school he was most comfortable with.''
Most high school coaches who have played South Pointe call him a game-changer; a player that can dominate from defensive end and force them to change their offensive game plan.
Clowney weighs 255 pounds and has run a 4.56 40-yard dash. He runs down players from behind, and has outstanding leaping ability that allows him to bat down passes, punts and extra points.
He was picked the nation's top player (regardless of position) in the preseason and held the spot all year.
South Carolina offers security and is the closest to home. Former South Pointe teammates Stephon Gilmore and DeVonte Holliman are starters in the Gamecocks' secondary. Half-brothers Gerald G. Dixon (South Pointe) and Gerald Dixon Jr. signed with the Gamecocks on Feb. 2.
South Carolina won the SEC East title, it's first, but lost to Auburn in the conference's championship game.
Clemson was 6-7 this season but has what most analysts consider an outstanding recruiting class. Included are Chester quarterback Tony McNeal, and Tony Steward, the nation's top linebacker who befriended Clowney at the Under-Armour All-America Game in early January.
Alabama is always going to be Alabama, one of the nation's most storied football programs. The Crimson Tide is in the chase for the National Championship nearly every season and signed another of Clowney's friends for the Under-Armour Game, Cyrus Kouandjio, the nation's top offensive lineman.
It will all be over quickly and the press conference is closed to the public. Clowney will step to the podium after being introduced and will likely reach into a bag and pull out the hat of his choice, or have three in front of him and put one on.
Garnet, Orange or Crimson. Which will it be? Clowney will take questions from the media but will not grant individual interviews. He has to go to class.