Only a month or so ago, Jadeveon Clowney looked like a slam dunk for Steve Spurrier and South Carolina. For the second straight year, the Gamecocks would be landing the Palmetto State's top player, this one an impact defensive end who was reaping in offers from all over the country.
But in the past week, UNC vaulted SC as Clowney's leader after he attended the Tar Heels' spring game. His contact at UNC, John Blake (formerly of Oklahoma infamy), has turned out to be one of the top behind-the-scenes recruiters in the country.
Once the first sign of indecisiveness appears, you can bet fools will be rushing in.
Alabama in particular is now hot after Clowney, and he's reciprocated the interest and promised a summertime visit to Tuscaloosa.
LSU is the likely other destination for an official.
So whither South Carolina? Clowney missed their spring game, but they're probably not entirely out of the hunt yet.
Once you get a glimpse of the national wine-and-dine treatment, it takes a special kind of player to turn that down.
Clowney likely isn't one of them, and it's hard to blame him. He's receiving buzz as 2011's top player overall, this year's version of a Ronald Powell. He has a right to find the best program for him. It's UNC's, or Bama's, or Clemson's, or SoCar's, or someone else's job now to make him believe they're the right fit.