South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney left Wednesday's afternoon Shrine Bowl practice at Spartanburg High School with what South Carolina coach Mickey Moss is calling a "shoulder stinger."
Moss said Clowney suffered the injury on Monday and has been bothered by it throughout the week.
"He wants to play (on Saturday), and we're monitoring him very closely," Moss said. "Hopefully tomorrow he'll get cleared and be ready to play."
Moss said should Clowney be cleared, he would be limited as to his participation in the remaining practices and would face "little contact."
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Clowney is considered one of the nation's top recruits. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder was named the state's Mr. Football last Friday.
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.
Moss added Manning offensive lineman Phillip Dukes is continuing to nurse an ankle injury suffered in Monday morning's practice.
TOWNSEND TERRIFIC Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) has shown during the week why he is considered one of the state's top prospects.
Townsend has emerged as one of the top defensive players for the Sandlappers, constantly swarming to the football. He also has shown flashes as being one of the team's heavy hitters going into Saturday's game.
Townsend has 21 offers, including South Carolina and Clemson.
FRIED CHICKEN AND BARBECUE Don't think Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley doesn't appreciate free food. He just would like to see a slight change in the menu now and then.
"I think we're all getting tired of fried chicken and barbeque," the Tennessee commitment said. "I like it and everything, but it gets a little old."
Selection on the menu doesn't bother Greenwood linebacker Quinn Backus as much as portions during meals.
"I think they cook too much," he said. "I have to be careful at breakfast not to eat too much and then go out on the practice field."
DOWN TIME Wren offensive lineman Shaq Anthony said several players have developed friendships during the week. While the day is pretty well planned out, the Clemson commitment said the players are finding time to get to know one another.
"We're all building a relationship as a team," Anthony said. "Going to the Shriner's Hospital and making those kids smile was great. We also just like to hang out and watch sports and play X-box, too."