South Carolina recruit Clowney meets NCAA academic standards

Speculation that Jadeveon Clowney, widely considered the nation's top recruit for 2011, might not meet NCAA standards to enroll at South Carolina has been squashed.

Tuesday night, Tony Morrell, a recruiting analyst at South Carolina site TheBigSpur.comtweeted that the 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end had in fact qualified and could be ready to begin summer classes in July.

The New York Times wrote an article back in February chronicling Clowney's academic trouble and stated that there were questions about whether he'd be able to meet the minimum NCAA requirements to enroll at South Carolina. But it appears all of that worry was for naught.

However, meeting the NCAA's eligibility requirements is only the first hurdle to getting Clowney on the field in the fall.

Chris Clark, Recruiting Analyst for wrote on his message board Wednesday that while Clowney had met NCAA standards, he still had to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse and actually be admitted to South Carolina.

But no one thinks either of those tasks will be a problem. In fact, both seem like a formality at this point and Clowney should be on the field when the Gamecocks open camp in August.

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