We’ve already weighed in on the whole Jadeveon Clowney saga once this week … but there’s a critical component of it that bears repeating.
The junior All-American needs to be “in” or “out.” And he needs to let his coaches, teammates and fans know which it is … ASAP.
If Clowney is not going to play for the University of South Carolina again this year … he needs to say so. Similarly if the 6-foot-6, 274-pound Rock Hill, S.C. native is planning on suiting up for Steve Spurrier’s No. 13/14 Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 SEC) at some point in the future, he needs to make that clear, too.
No one will … well, let’s rephrase that … no one should begrudge Clowney for sitting out the remainder of the 2013 season if that’s what he decides to do. In fact it’s absolutely ridiculous that Clowney isn’t playing right defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs this season (further evidence that the NFL should eliminate its age restriction for incoming draftees).
As it stands now though the cloud of uncertainty hanging over Clowney – and by extension the entire Gamecock program – serves no one’s interests.
Here’s the basic math: Clowney will be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Nothing has happened over the course of the last six weeks to change that. And therein lies the real danger for Gamecock fans – that there is literally nothing Clowney can do over the next two months to raise his draft stock any higher than it already is.
There is, however, plenty he can do to lower his draft stock – whether we’re talking about an injury or his continued failure to live up to the totally unrealistic expectations that accompanied him into the 2013 season.
By that logic, Clowney should have probably never played a down this season – as many advised.
Again … the key here is communication. If Clowney wants to focus on his NFL future, that is his prerogative. He has the potential to be one of the best defensive players in football history – as well as one of the richest athletes in the history of sports (assuming mogul agent Jay-Z plays Clowney’s cards right).
Why risk all of that – especially when there’s literally nothing to be gained?
All we ask is that Clowney make up his mind and communicate his intentions sooner rather than later.
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UPDATE: Clowney Speaks.