Columbia, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney believes that college athletes should be compensated financially, saying schools rake in huge profits from jersey and ticket sales.
“I think so. They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales, so I think college athletes should get paid,” said Clowney, who is expected to be a top-five pick in the NFL draft.
Clowney also revealed that he might have stayed in school for another year if he were paid for being a college athlete.
“Yes. Having to take care of my family, it would have made a difference if I’d have gotten paid,” Clowney said. “If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college.”
Ranked as the No. 1 prospect for the May draft, the 6-6, 274-pound Clowney was held to three-year lows in sacks and tackles for loss in 2013.
However, he overcame some early speed bumps to earn first-team All-SEC honors a year after being voted unanimously to the All-America team and finishing sixth in Heisman voting.