Clowney will go to NFL Draft as USC defeats Wisconsin 34-24 on Connor Shaw's first-ever TD reception
ORLANDO, FL — Within seconds of USC's 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capitol One Bowl, Jadaveon Clowney told a WACH-HD Fox 57 reporter what most sports writers knew long in advance.
He's going to the National Football League Draft later this spring.
He was asked two questions: was this his final game in a USC uniform and whether he was going to the draft. His answer to both questions, "Yes, sir."
The Rock Hill native and South Pointe alum is the top-ranked prospect by ESPN Scouts Incorporated and No. 1 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Mr. Clowney recorded a team-record 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, earned unanimous All-America honors, but finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.
After deciding to return for his junior season, Mr. Clowney overcame some early speed bumps and earned first-team All-SEC honors. He entered Wednesday's bowl game with three sacks and 36 tackles this season and 24 sacks and 127 tackles for his college career.
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