Jadeveon Clowney picks Gamecocks

It's official: Jadeveon Clowney announced Monday live on ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he would attend South Carolina.

Clowney, ESPN Recruiting's No. 1 overall prospect in the country, said he strongly considered Alabama, but that it was just too far from home. He also mentioned that his mother wanted him closer to home and that he was excited about going to South Carolina and playing with several guys he already knew. Columbia, S.C., is an hour's drive from his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C.

The 6-foot-6, 252-pound defensive end was one of the most highly recruited players in recent memory and is expected to step right in and make an immediate impact on the Gamecocks' defensive line.

Check back later today on the SEC blog, and we'll have more on what Clowney's signing with South Carolina means to the Gamecocks, who are coming off their first-ever SEC championship game appearance.