Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Everyone in the Gamecock Nation is extremely excited about the arrival of superstar recruit Jadeveon Clowney to the Gamecocks. But there's one point USC Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier wants to clear up before Clowney comes to campus.
How to pronounce his name.
To clarify, it's "Jah-Dev-E-ON." (The "ah" as in open up and say "ahh", the "ev" is like the start of 'every,' the "e" is a long e, and "on" is like to turn on a light.)
Spurrier says that's what Clowney's mom calls him, so everyone else should too.
"We're excited about Jadeveon," Spurrier said. "Our fans are really going to love this young man. He's been nothing but 'yes sir' and 'no sir' to me for over a year now that I've been recruiting him. The way he loves to play the game, with such a passion, our fans are really going to enjoy watching him play."
During his announcement Monday, Clowney said that playing close to home was a big factor in coming to Columbia. Previous Coverage: Clowney Comes to Columbia
"He chose to play for his home state university," Spurrier said. "He was here the day we beat Alabama and I just remember telling him 'we can win big here' and he believes we can win big here."
Clowney is the first number one overall recruit the Gamecocks have ever signed.
"Signing players like Jadeveon ups our expectations. Certainly that's what we want to do. We want to raise them as high as we can around here, and achieve the SEC championship or more in the coming 3 or 4 years."
Spurrier says Clowney will have a chance to compete for a starting position. For now, the Head Ball Coach says he thinks Clowney should enjoy the remaining days of being a high schooler.
"He'll get back to playing on his basketball team, working on his grades, and getting all that work hopefully behind him before he's set to arrive here."
Spurrier did also clear up another point. He says Clowney is on track to qualify academically, and is actually ahead of some of the other members of the 2011 recruiting class.