Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is expected to be taken early in the upcoming NFL Draft, said in a television interview that he might have stayed at South Carolina for another season 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 on "Jim Rome" on Showtime, according to an ESPN.com report. "If I would have had the chance to take care of my family through college, I would have probably stayed in college."

Clowney, ranked as the No. 1 prospect by NFLDraftScout.com for May's draft, also said he believes college athletes should be paid.

"I think so," Clowney said. "They are selling our jerseys with our numbers and making money off of ticket sales, so I think college athletes should get paid."

Despite had just three sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in 2013 after having 13.0 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012.