Jadeveon Clowney, the No. 1 high school football recruit in the nation, made his pledge to the South Carolina Gamecocks this morning live on ESPN.

The defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C., did as everyone had expected and decided to stay in state to play for Steve Spurrier.

“I’ve got a lot of friends there. It’s close to home and my mom can come see me play all the time,” Clowney said. “I’ve got some friends playing there like [former South Pointe teammate Gerald Dixon], and I want to play with them boys.”

Clowney’s mother, Josenna, played a big role in her son’s decision to sign with South Carolina over Alabama.

“My mom would say she didn’t care, but she didn’t want me to go far,” Clowney added. “So, that’s really why I didn’t go to Alabama.”

He will most likely make an instant impact for South Carolina at the “Jack” linebacker role, where he will primarily be a pass rushing nightmare for offensive tackles and quarterbacks.