Scotty McCreery ain't no dummy: Platinum record notwithstanding, the 18-year-old "American Idol" champ known for his folksy, squeaky-clean demeanor is heading to college come fall.
McCreery, who won best new artist Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, said he was accepted by four schools but chose North Carolina State University, where his dad is an alumnus.
"We're gonna figure it out and decide as a family," he'd told People. "I grew up rooting for NC State, and that's where my dad went. But also there are schools in Nashville that have been really great — and that's Music City so we'll see."
Looks as if that legacy thing held sway — not to mention that NC State is very close to home, according to Entertainment Weekly. Perhaps he's looking for balance, because he's already been away from home part time, opening for Brad Paisley and the Band Perry on the road. All that as he aims to keep things on track to graduate high school with his buddies in a few months.
His career is off to a solid start: McCreery's debut album, "Clear as Day," was certified platinum in January with more than 1 million copies sold.
"It's a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans," he said, "and how great they have been to me this year. 2011 was absolutely an incredible, life-changing year for me."
One thing that's not changed: the squeaky-clean thing. Hanging out in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards, he said, "There ain't no temptations. I have been riding the roller coasters."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Scotty McCreery won the award for best new artist Sunday at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Associated Press.