Jadeveon Clowney remains the nation's No. 1 recruit and is perhaps the most dominant defensive end to ever come out of high school.
He is reportedly not going to make his decision known until well after National Signing Day. Some reports have indicated that he'll announce on Feb. 14.
Speculation about where Clowney will land remains the topic of a conversation that is louder than most as the 2011 recruiting season comes to a close.
Will he head to Alabama and join the Tide's impressive recruiting class? Or will he stay in state and be part of the Gamecocks' revolution?
At this point, it's anyone's guess as Clowney has reportedly shut himself off to the media as he waits to make his decision known. He has even stopped taking calls from Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier.
All told, though, his decision is coming. Here is our take on it:
Clowney remains the top target for the Tide, who have already compiled a top-notch class in 2011.
With Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, Xzavier Dickson and Trey DePriest already locked in with verbals, the Alabama defense would become exponentially more dangerous with Clowney in the mix.
Long considered his top choice, Clowney could very well stay in state. He has mentioned that he wants to remain close to home for family reasons and the Gamecocks have made Clowney their priority from Day 1 of his recruitment process.
Clowney canceled his official visit to Florida last weekend to make yet another unofficial to South Carolina.
All things considered, I feel that he's staying in state and will play for South Carolina.
The Gamecocks improved enough last season that, when considering the other intangibles the school brings, it was enough to rival Alabama's competitive talent in the SEC.
Clowney could surely be the focal point of the Gamecocks' defense next fall and beyond.