South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been sought after by many big-name college programs all season long.
Now, his teammates are getting in on the act.
Clowney is one of 44 players on the South Carolina team preparing for Saturday's 74th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College in Spartanburg.
The 6-foot-6, 255 pounder is considered one of the nation's top recruits and was recently named South Carolina's Mr. Football.
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Clowney's Sandlapper teammates, including Spartanburg High School defensive back and University of South Carolina commitment Ronnie Martin, have been spending some of the week of preparations trying to persuade him to join them for the next four years.
"We've been talking to Clowney about committing," Martin said. "He acts like he wants to come, but isn't saying anything yet."
Clowney has been one of the main attractions for onlookers during Shrine Bowl practice at Spartanburg High School this week.
He has narrowed his final three choices to Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.
Clowney finished the season with 162 tackles with 29 for loss, 29.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 43 quarterback hurries, six fumble recoveries and five defensive touchdowns.
MURRY SEEKING ATTENTION - Greer defensive lineman Darius Murry is hoping his performance during practice this week and on the field Saturday will catch the attention of college recruiters.
The 6-foot-1, 280-pounder said a few schools have shown interest but feels his stock could rise.
"I started getting on the map a little late," Murry said. "I just have been working on my quickness and power and following the ball wherever it goes."
Murry recorded over 50 tackles this season. He said working against offensive lineman such as Brandon Shell (Goose Creek ), Stephen Grommer (Spartanburg) and Shaq Anthony (Wren) will help him improve.
"There are a lot of good offensive linemen here," Murry said. "I've just got to work hard to get some looks."
RECEIVERS ON THE MARK - South Carolina coach Mickey Moss (Blacksburg) has been pleased with his wide receivers during the first two days of practice. The Sandlappers were successful at taking several shots downfield during the afternoon session to several targets.
"Shamier Jeffery (Calhoun County) is a good wide receiver," Moss said. "David Frazier from Irmo was impressive, and Charone Peake (Dorman) made some catches this morning that showed why everybody is after him."
PANTHER PRIDE - Abbeville defensive back La'Quavas Watt had a strong afternoon practice, recording two interceptions. Moss said the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is someone he is expecting to make a few big plays on Saturday.
"He's had a good camp and done a great job," Moss said.
"He's had some huge hits, and we knew he would. The best thing about him is he has great character."
INJURY REPORT - James Island offensive lineman Jairon Harrison suffered a shoulder injury during the morning session and did not return.
Moss said he didn't expect the injury to be serious and felt like Harrison would return soon.