Jadeveon Clowney is on track to attend South Carolina and play football for the Gamecocks this fall, his high school coach said.
South Pointe High School football coach Bobby Carroll said Clowney has qualified for freshman eligibility and plans to enroll in summer school at USC in July.
Clowney, the defensive end who signed with South Carolina in February, is now awaiting NCAA clearinghouse approval and admission by the university.
"The media made it out that Clowney wasn't going to qualify and I don't know where that ever came from," Carroll said. "He's as good a student as any other kid I've coached that went on to play Division I football. I think that boy just had a lot going on the last 18 months. It was an absolute zoo there every single day."
Carroll said Clowney did nothing extra to get his qualifying test score, nor did he need extra tutoring to get thru his classes.
"He's an extremely sharp young man," Carroll said. "He didn't take any SAT or ACT improvement course to my knowledge. He's a bright young man. He's like most kids in that he didn't catch on and see the light until that junior year. He had time, thank goodness, to straighten things out that weren't straight and he did what he had to do. There was no doubt in my mind from an academic standpoint that he was going to make it."
Clowney graduated Saturday and said he will take classes at USC in the second session of summer school.
Clemson wide receiver signee Martavis Bryant, the former Calhoun Falls and T.L. Hanna standout, used his Facebook page last week to report he has qualified for eligibility. "Finally got qualified last night at 12... Glad the stress is ova thank God," Bryant wrote.
Bryant would still need NCAA Clearinghouse approval and admission by Clemson before he could join the Tigers this summer.
Some of Clemson's other top signees, including LB Tony Steward, LB Lateek Townsend, RB Mike Bellamy, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Charone Peake, have all been reported as having met the NCAA requirements but are still waiting on the NCAA Clearinghouse approval and acceptance by the university.
In other recruiting news:
T.L. Hanna TE Justin Meredith committed last week to North Carolina, much to the surprise of Clemson fans who thought Clemson was the frontrunner. Meredith also had strong interest in Duke, LSU, Tennessee and Auburn.
Apparently the ride home from Columbia was enough time for DB Kyle Fleetwood of Stone Mountain, Ga., to make a decision. After visiting USC earlier Sunday with his family, Fleetwood notified recruiter Lorenzo Ward on Sunday night that he is pledging to the Gamecocks. Fleetwood was recruited by USC as a strong safety. He had 42 tackles and 3 interceptions last season.
Fleetwood also had offers from Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Louisville, Indiana, Ole Miss, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse, Stanford, LSU, Boston College and Penn State. He's the sixth commitment for the 2012 class, the third from Georgia and the second from Stone Mountain High School, which has had 8 players commit to BCS schools this spring. He's the Gamecocks' first commitment for the secondary.
QB Brendan Nosovitch of Allentown, Pa., will visit Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech this month. Nosovitch has previously visited USC, and recruiter GA Mangus was through his school this spring. Nosovitch has offers from USC, Clemson, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Temple, Ohio, Army and others.
Another Clemson QB target, Chad Kelly of Buffalo, N.Y., visited Syracuse Sunday. He will be visiting Clemson and Alabama later this month. Clemson is his favorite.
OL D.J. Humphries of Charlotte has over 30 offers including USC, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Texas, North Carolina, Auburn, Southern Cal, Ohio State and LSU. He has not narrowed his list but did name USC, Florida and Tennessee as his current favorites.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt DE Martin Aiken is looking at a date in July for making his commitment. "I'm close to setting a date," Aiken said. "I'm going to narrow to a top five soon, sometime in June." Aiken said he's most interested in Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee, the schools he's visited thus far. As for the in-state battle, Aiken said there's no leader. "I'm going to stay open to both of them. They are both real good schools. That's going to be a tough decision to make, which of my in-state schools is going to be a leader."
Highly regarded WR Zac Brooks (6-1 180) of Jonesboro, Ark., will announce his college choice on Sept. 23. And he will choose from Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Brooks plays receiver, running back and defensive back. Clemson likes him as a receiver. And he likes Clemson. "I just feel like I can trust them," Brooks said. "I just like Clemson. The coaches are great coaches."