Gamecocks’ Clowney to enter NFL draft

Updated: January 1, 2014, 7:08 PM ET news services

It didn’t take long for Jadeveon Clowney to share his decision regarding his football future, as the South Carolina defensive end said Wednesday he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

Within minutes of the Gamecocks’ 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl, Clowney was asked if this was his last season and if he was declaring for the NFL draft.

His response to each question: “Yes, sir.”

Clowney is the top-ranked prospect by ESPN Scouts Inc. and No. 1 on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney recorded a team-record 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, earned unanimous All-America honors and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.

After deciding to return for his junior season, 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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