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Jadeveon Clowney takes ‘freak’ to a new level

Jadeveon Clowney

For those who don’t know just who the subject of the headline is, Jadeveon Clowney is the No. 1 high school player in the country according to most of the major and not-so-major recruiting services that litter the Internet landscape.

And, if you watch just a few seconds of the video clip below, you’ll know exactly why every major football program in the country would give their left and right Ole Miss head coach for the opportunity to add the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end to their 2011 recruiting class.  The kid is just an absolute freak of nature, and that’s anything but hyperbole.

Watching his highlights, it calls to mind what it would look like if I were lined up as a rush end and my four-year-old daughter was at tackle protecting the quarterback’s blind side.  Forget man amongst boys; this is man vs. fetuses.  Or embryos.

As it stands now, the 6-6, 250-pound Clowney has whittled his list of schools down to six — South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and LSU.  He’s already taken official visits to Columbia and Tuscaloosa, and has plans to take in the Tallahassee and Chapel Hill campuses as well.  His fifth and final official visit will be to one of the other two schools, although which one’s yet to be determined.

Clowney is not expected to make his decision on National Signing Day Feb. 2; rather, rumor has it that he could very well make his decision public on his birthday, Feb. 14.  That also happens to be Valentine’s Day, for what it’s worth.

While his “official” list is down to six, it’s believed the Gamecocks and the Tide are a couple notches above the other schools at this point in time and one of the two will ultimately land the lineman.

Now, onto precisely why every school in the country starts to drool whenever Clowney’s name is mentioned…


Just… dayum.  That can’t be of this earth, can it?

I have no clue how he will do at the collegiate level, but that raw potential has me salivating and I won’t even be the one coaching him.

(Tip O’ the Cap: EDSBS)

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19 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney takes ‘freak’ to a new level”
  1. buckeyeboy(used to be a couple of different things) says: Jan 20, 2011 7:40 PM

    OMG lol that is pure destruction

  2. burntorangehorn says: Jan 20, 2011 7:58 PM

    Looks a lot like my favorite recruit from last year, Ronald Powell.

  3. pff says: Jan 20, 2011 8:04 PM

    clever writing with the “ole miss head coach” bit – pleasantly surprising for the stuff on this site as it is usually crap

  4. gamecockinfl says: Jan 20, 2011 8:41 PM

    WOW!! Doesn’t look fair.

  5. WingT says: Jan 20, 2011 9:00 PM

    He’s not too bad. I bet he is only a late first round pick in the draft ( if he could come out).

  6. buckeye044 says: Jan 20, 2011 9:05 PM

    Please join us in Buckeye Nation.

  7. BruinFanBaby says: Jan 20, 2011 9:11 PM

    He cannot be from this planet. That was just insane. The first play on the highlight is unreal.

  8. rolltide510 says: Jan 20, 2011 9:39 PM

    Will be the best player ever to play for the University of South Carolina. Wish he’d leave home, but I’ll enjoy watching him for years to come regardless.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Jan 21, 2011 1:47 AM

    I remember creating a player here or there for NCAA Football 98 for the old Playstation in college, and making him about the same dimensions and athleticism.

    I gave him a much less ridiculous name than “Jadeveon Clowney,” but I expect Clowney will register close to the 10-15 sacks a game that Ford Prefect did.

  10. 1990tiger says: Jan 21, 2011 8:54 AM

    So when he announces on February 14th that he will be attending Auburn, are you guys going to start throwing around a bunch of unfounded allegations?????? ;-)

  11. John Taylor says: Jan 21, 2011 9:43 AM

    @1990tiger: If I’m not mistaken, extraterrestrial life forms are not subject to NCAA regulations.

  12. Ben Kercheval says: Jan 21, 2011 10:20 AM

    As long as the money isn’t too much, I think Clowney is fine.

  13. gatorprof says: Jan 21, 2011 10:36 AM

    Lot’s of talent. The first play reminds me of Jevon Kearse running down Priest Holmes from behind.

    Kearse was the original freak, but unfortunately was too injury prone. One time during a UF scrimmage, he chased down Jacquez Green in a similar manner.

    Clowney has a lot of talent, lets see how the technique develops and whether or not he can stay healthy.

  14. sprizzle2182 says: Jan 21, 2011 10:52 AM

    This guy is absolutely amazing!!! please let him see how special things would be for him at BAMA!! any school will be lucky to have him..hopefully we’ll be that school…

  15. igottz5onit says: Jan 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    If he chooses to stay in south carolina, you would think he would choose Clemson. Especially if he visited usc’s campus in columbia. Columbia is a sewage hole and the campus is an eyesore.

  16. scardino says: Jan 21, 2011 12:25 PM

    The first thing I saw was an incredible speed and agility that allows him to burst off the line and sometimes even seem to anticipate the snap, just before he slips gracefully through the offensive line. However, his obvious upper body strength is a clear advantage as there is no getting out of his arm tackles that effortlessly fling quarterbacks and running backs to the ground. That said, he will be coming into a field of play where all of the players are faster and stronger. His athleticism will give him an edge but it won’t be the same God-given edge he saw in high school. What will set him apart is his field awareness. There is no play in the world he won’t be able to keep up with. Also, anybody playing on the opposite side of the ball will have to be especially careful not to fumble the ball or throw a careless pass. This athlete has omnipresent awareness.

  17. soflatrojan says: Jan 21, 2011 3:14 PM

    This guy is the best prospect in a long time. It sounds like he is going to USCjr but man I would love to see what Saban could do with this kid.

  18. 1historian says: Jan 27, 2011 8:15 AM

    Can he read?

  19. smokehouse56 says: Feb 15, 2011 11:02 PM

    Average at best. Will not fit in and probably has attitude problems. You can have him.

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