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Reaction To Clowney Choosing South Carolina

South Carolina received the perfect closing to its 2011 class on Monday when defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from Rock Hill, S.C., signed with the Gamecocks.

Clowney is the sixth defensive lineman to choose South Carolina in the 2011 class. Several of those players, including Clowney and defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles and Phillip Dukes, are expected to play right away.

The nation’s eyes were watching on Monday as Clowney, who was also celebrating his 18th birthday, announced his college choice on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

The nation also reacted the hoopla had ended and Clowney’s decision was known. Here’s a look at what was said following Clowney’s announced.

1. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said he’s excited to land Clowney and the fans should be, too.

2. Travis Haney of the Charleston Post and Courier has an interesting Q&A with Clowney’s mother, Josenna Clowney.

3. People upset about the attention on Clowney shouldn’t be, writes Andy Staples. That style of announcement is the norm.

4. Staples also looks at the courtship of South Carolina to keep Clowney from choosing Clemson or Alabama.

5. South Carolina moved up to No. 12 in the team rankings thanks to Clowney’s addition to the class.

6. Dennis Dodd looks at the process and attention paid to Clowney, who now has plenty of pressure on him to succeed at the next level.

7. If you missed it, the New York Times wrote about Clowney’s eligibility concerns. Many people around Clowney on Monday said they expect him to qualify this fall.

8. Spurrier was one of those people. He said Clowney is in better academic shape than a lot of South Carolina’s signees.



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