Friday, July 10, 2009

Recruiters already crazy over South Pointe's Clowney

His name is Jadeaveon Clowney, and you’ve likely never heard of him.

You will.

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.

--Stan Olson


Anonymous said...

Stan you guys catch a lot of flack for what you write and cover but your recruiting blog is really great. I commend you for covering players from all over not just the Big I or one particular town. Keep it up!

Stan Olson said...

Thanks, always good to hear a friendly comment. I've got vacation coming up, but after that, we're going to put out a database that covers the entire Carolinas--at least as many schools as we can get ahold of...

Anonymous said...

yeah how about WC???

Anonymous said...

Have a great year and hope to see you at UGA in the future!