February 14, 2011 by staff
Jadeveon Clowney, Top of the nation-ranked football prospect announced Monday he will play for South Carolina. Jadeveon Clowney, a 6-foot-6, at the end of 250 pounds of defense of 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 anyone. “
Clowney signing marks another victory in the state of the Gameccks coach Steve Spurrier to. For three consecutive years, South Carolina has signed the best hope for South Carolina. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore, a high school teammate Clowney, signed in 2009 and started for two seasons. (Receiver Alshon Jeffrey, a Top 100 prospect from St. Matthews, SC, has signed with South Carolina in 2009.) Last year, bottling Marcus Lattimore of Duncan, SC, signed with South Carolina and finished third in the SEC into the race with 1,172 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
Like last year Lattimore, Clowney is considered a prospect that may have an immediate impact. He finished his senior season at South Pointe with 32.5 sacks and seven defensive scores. One of his most popular videos on YouTube show a series of senior is 12 minutes of jaw-dropping plays.
Clowney will face questions about whether it will meet the standards of the NCAA initial eligibility. Last week, the New York Times quoted Hargrave Military Academy coach Troy Davis, who said he saw a copy of the transcript Clowney, Clowney would like to say work to get his GPA enough to play college football fall. “A lot of D’s over there,” Davis told the Times.
On the eve of South Carolina against Auburn for the SEC title in December, Spurrier discussed the need to lock the best recruits of the State for the Gameccks to compete in the SEC.
“Each of us who are in states where they play great football school should try to get our best players this state and do not let them leave the state,” said Spurrier. “We have been able to get many of the best players the past three years, Marcus Lattimore, Alshon Jeffrey, Stephon Gilmore, two of these guys were Mr. Football in the state the past two years. Before that, the most players went to Georgia, too. Tennessee used to get a group of them.
Clowney, the USA Today defensive player of the year and top-rated prospect by Rivals.com and ESPNU, made the announcement this morning on ESPN. The 6-foot-6, 247-pounds defensive end played at South Pointe High in Rock Hill, South Carolina, 68 miles (110 kilometers) from the main campus of Columbia University.
“It’s close to home and my mom can come see me all the time,” said Clowney.
South Pointe Clowney entered as a 6-foot-3, 200-pound running back and switched to defense. He had 162 tackles, 29 1 / 2 sacks, 11 forced fumbles and five touchdowns in his senior season defensive. According to Rivals, Clowney does the dash 40 yards in 4.6 seconds.
The Gameccks and coach Steve Spurrier was 9-5 last seasons and won the Southeastern Conference East Division. South Carolina was defeated by Auburn in the game as the conference and lost to Florida State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Dec. 31.
The 10th anniversary of Earnhardt’s fatal accident falls on Friday, two days before the season opening Daytona 500. This season, the past has a stranglehold on the biggest race of the season. The typical excitement of a new season has been overshadowed by memories of the Intimidator, whose death still defines NASCAR and those he left behind.
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