, the nation's No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2011, committed to South Carolina this morning in a press conference televised nationally on ESPN.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end chose the Gamecocks over Clemson and Alabama on his 18th birthday.
As a senior, Clowney recorded 162 tackles and 29.5 sacks to go along with 11 forced fumbles and 28 tackles for loss as a senior.
His production, combined with his size and superb athleticism, has made him one of the most highly coveted recruits in recent memory.
Clowney was long-considered a South Carolina lean, with two former teammates playing for the Gamecocks. However, he kept everyone guessing until the end, reportedly only sharing his decision with his mother.
With Clowney, South Carolina rises from No. 12 to No. 10 in the college football team recruiting rankings
For more on Clowney's decision to attend South Carolina, see CBSSports.com's Jadeveon Clowney coverage