Clowney on Jay-Z: 'I never talked to the guy at all'

jkendall@thestate.comAugust 4, 2013 

Jadeveon Clowney at Williams-Brice Stadium Sunday afternoon.

C MICHAEL BERGEN — mbergen@thestate.com

— Jadeveon Clowney was flattered by a report that Jay-Z would like to be his agent, but he has not spoken directly to the recording artist turned businessman turned sports agent, Clowney said Sunday.

“I was excited about hearing that he wanted me to be a part of that,” South Carolina’s All-America defensive end said. “I never talked to the guy at all. People talked to me about him. I was like, ‘That’s tight.’”

Clowney is a junior but already has announced this will be his final collegiate season, and he is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Jay-Z has made a splash recently by opening a sports agency and signing professional athletes such as New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Inside the League, a consulting service focused on college football and the NFL, reported two weeks ago that Clowney and Jay-Z had discussed a deal in the future.

South Carolina officials investigated the situation and determined that no NCAA rules were violated, the school said. College players are allowed to speak to potential agents as long as they do not accept anything of value.

Clowney has spoken to several agents and has narrowed his choice to five agencies, he said. He did not say if Roc Nation Sports is one of the five.

“Everybody has heard of Jay-Z,” he said. “I was excited that he wanted me to be a part of his Roc Nation thing. I didn’t know it was going to be a big deal. I took down five agents that he really liked and told them to call mama. I sit down every now and then (with agents) through compliance.”

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