His name is Jadeaveon Clowney, and you’ve likely never heard of him.
Clowney is a 6-foot-6, 245-pound rising junior DE at Rock Hill’s South Pointe High, and he’s also rising in the estimation of every recruiter who checks out tape on him.
“They’ll watch maybe two plays,” says Stallions coach Bobby Carroll, “and then say, ‘Stop it coach, I’ve seen enough.’”
Because in recruiting parlance, Clowney is “a beast,” one of those unstoppable forces of nature that you rarely see.
Did we mention that he runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, a time top-tier defensive backs would be proud of? And that he has a 36-inch vertical leap?
“I’ve been coaching 27 years, and I’ve had five kids go on to play in the NFL,” Carroll said, “But in all that time, I’ve never seen one like (Clowney).”
Carroll also said that Clowney already has 13 verbal offers—schools can’t make them official until Sept. 1 of a player’s junior year. And he added that on top of all that natural ability, Clowney is tough.
“He started every game last year as a sophomore with a painful bone spur in his foot.”
And this year he’s fully healthy again.