Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney Picks South Carolina (VIDEO)

The nation's number one football prospect finally has a school.

South Carolina.

Jadeveon Clowney will become a Gamecock come next season, staying close to home. The announcement came after a tough decision between South Carolina, Clemson, and Alabama.

The 6' 6", 240-pound 18-year-old defensive end is the highest rated prospect in the ESPNU 150 since 2008, according to ESPN. Clowney recorded 57 sacks combined in his junior and senior years. ( Read Clowney more... )


Loads of Clowney reaction here and here, but it's really all about Clowney being a fire-breathing Rock Hill rock monster coming after the Dabo-cats. All hail Freek! SCHNARF!

List of things that always concerned us about this show: ( Read Clowney more... )

Wait's over: Top recruit Clowney picks Gamecocks

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Top football recruit Jadeveon Clowney has ended the suspense and picked South Carolina over Clemson and Alabama.

The defensive end from South Pointe High School in South Carolina is considered the country's top prospect and was sought by schools from coast to coast. But the 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior took a different path than other recruits, delaying his decision from national signing day on Feb. 2 until Monday, his 18th birthday. ( Read Clowney more... )

How Jadeveon Clowney Became The Consensus Top Football Recruit, And Why His Decision Matters

Feb 14, 2011 - Jadeveon Clowney, Rock Hill, South Carolina's finest high school athlete, entered last fall on top of many recruiting experts' lists. That wasn't unexpected: Clowney stands six feet, six inches, weighs around 250 pounds, and brings a fusion of speed and ferocity to the defensive end position that a high schooler might possess once in a generation. But Clowney would have to back it up with his play for that ranking to stick.

After his fall, though, Clowney hadn't just earned his status as the nation's consensus top recruit: he had earned praise from nearly every corner, including one NFL coach who told ESPN's Bruce Feldman that Clowney could play in the NFL right now. ( Read Clowney more... )

Valentine's Day TV Schedule: Jadeveon Clowney's Announcement, Hawks-Pistons, Big Monday

Your Atlanta sports TV time and channel schedule. All times ET. As always, click on any team's name for complete schedules, scores, and previews, plus an active community devoted to your team. And check ESPN3, too.

College Football

Jadeveon Clowney's announcement, 10:15, Sportscenter: The nation's No. 1 college football recruit will announce his commitment live from his high school. It's down to the South Carolina Gamecocks, Clemson Tigers, and Alabama Crimson Tide, but this one's Carolina's to lose. Is he worth all this fuss and to-do?

I would suggest you watch some of his highlights to find out, but it's really early in the morning and I'd prefer you have a seat and properly caffeinate first, as your blood vessels are not quite prepared yet. Check in with SB Nation for coverage throughout the morning, including the lucky winner of Mr. Clowney's terrifying services. ( Read Clowney more... )

Top 2011 recruit Clowney ends suspense, picks South Carolina

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The nation's top-ranked football prospect announced Monday that he will play for South Carolina.

Jadeveon Clowney, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end from South Pointe High, announced his choice live on ESPN during a press conference at his school. His other finalists were Alabama and Clemson.

"I wanted to play in the SEC. It was easy," Clowney said. "I knew a week ago. I just tried not to tell anybody." ( Read Clowney more... )

Jadeveon Clowney commits to South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney, 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. ( Read Clowney more... )

Wait's over: Top recruit Clowney picks Gamecocks

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Top football recruit Jadeveon Clowney picked South Carolina over Clemson and Alabama on Monday, ending an extra 12 days of suspense.

The defensive end from South Pointe High School is considered the country's top prospect and was sought by schools from coast to coast. But the 6-foot-6, 250-pound senior took a different path than other recruits, delaying his decision from national signing day on Feb. 2 until Monday, his 18th birthday.

Things took even a bit longer as Clowney waited for ESPN, which carried his announcement live, to return from a break. Then a relieved Clowney ended the speculation. ( Read Clowney more... )

Clowney's signing will bring end to crazy saga

A mother forges her son's signature on a letter of intent. A newly committed Georgia player hoists a live bulldog to celebrate his college choice. A top-rated quarterback tries to avoid an argument by telling his mother - by text message - that he's not picking her preferred school.

Those were the highlights, or lowlights, of Signing Day, Act One. Act Two comes today in Rock Hill, S.C., when defensive end Jadeveon Clowney celebrates his 18th birthday and gives his parents what he calls a Valentine's Day present when he reveals his college choice live on ESPN. Clowney is widely ranked as the nation's No. 1 recruit, reportedly once got more than 800 cell phone calls in a single day, and has even been followed by a film crew in recent weeks. Fans at Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina and other schools will nervously await his pick. ( Read Clowney more... )

Jadeveon Clowney On His Grades: 'That's Taken Care Of'

The New York Times caused a brief kerfuffle over the weekend when they published a story suggesting that Jadeveon Clowney’s academic record strongly resembled the academic record of someone who might have to attend a prep school prior to attending a university.

Clowney says this will not be an issue for him: ( Read Clowney more... )

Jadeveon Clowney: Could His College Career Mirror Da'Quan Bowers?

Could Jadeveon Clowney be South Carolina's version of Da'Quan Bowers?

When Jadeveon Clowney had his school selection down to three teams, the major selling point that Clemson had was their success grooming elite defensive lineman, namely Da'Quan Bowers. Bowers was the second best recruit in 2008, and both have been compared based on their high school stats. ( Read Clowney more... )

Clowney's Instant Impact?

Now that Clowney has made his decision to attend South Carolina, what are reasonable expectations for the nation's No. 1 prospect?

When discussing the top 10 players in the country, it's easy to speak only in superlatives. Every player at every level has something to work on, something to improve, but out of one million high school football players, to be considered among the 10 best prospects in the country takes a special kind of athlete.

Jadeveon Clowney (6'5/245) of Rock Hill, S.C. is a special kind of athlete. Clowney has outstanding size, and his quickness rivals a linebacker's. His burst off the ball is almost impossible for an offensive tackle to match in a drop step trying to protect against a speed rush. While he's tall and lean, he still plays with the strength and leverage to overpower offensive linemen who are considerably heavier than him at this level. ( Read Clowney more... )

LIVE video from Clowney college announcement

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