Eye of the Hurricane

February 14, 2011

Jadeveon Clowney Chooses South Carolina

Filed under: Recruiting,sports, college — michaelperchick @ 11:41 am

Jadeveon Clowney, arguably the most touted high school football prospect in the past decade, made his college decision earlier this morning when he picked to stay in-state at South Carolina.  Clowney, who’s final three also included Clemson and Alabama, made his announcement live during SportsCenter.  Tweets about the event claimed that Clowney was told that he had to postpone his announcement by two minutes so ESPN could return from commercial to air it live.

Have these high school announcements become too hyped?  I mean, should we as a society be putting this much interest into where a kid will go play football in college?

For Miami, Clowney’s announcement is bittersweet.  While Miami was in Clowney’s final five, the Canes really never had much of a chance to lure him, as he’s very close to his family, making the South Carolina natives’ final two choices of South Carolina and Clemson no big surprise.  But, the fact that Clemson didn’t lure him is a big win for the Canes, who won’t have to face Clowney once every season.



  1. Hyped is right.

    Look at the 2008 recruiting rankings. Miami at #1, Clemson #2, Notre Dame and Texas at #9 and #10, Michigan, Illinois, Arizona State in the top 20.

    Those teams had juniors this year, meaning more of a veteran impact from what were classified as stellar recruiting classes, yet none of those teams lived up to expectations.

    Texas had the #3 2007 recruiting class and the #3 2009 recruiting class. All they have to show for it is a 5-7 record from this past year, losing six of their eight Big-12 games.

    We’re in an age where people want a story every day, and it feels like the sports media will do anything to break up the monotony of game recaps.

    And what about two of the most celebrated teams of the past four years: TCU and Boise State? Not ranked in the top 25 recruiting classes going back to the 2007.

    Comment by eadeutsch — February 14, 2011 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  2. Sounds like a great topic for a final project! Research the past 10 recruiting classes and see if they lived up to the hype (answer: no!) Talk to experts. The whole recruiting thing is insane.
    Prof K.

    Comment by ProfK — February 14, 2011 @ 12:36 pm | Reply

  3. That Texas result from this year is an aberration. They have been consistently top5 for a decade and are usually top 5 in recruiting every year. Typically the top 10 in the AP are very well represented in the top on signing day.

    Comment by SFCane — February 14, 2011 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  4. To me, the big question is: Will South Carolina pay Clowney more or less than Steve Spurrier next season?

    Comment by Hunter — February 14, 2011 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  5. I see Texas bouncing back too. The Big 12 without Nebraska is much, much weaker, and Texas only really brutal game on their schedule is Oklahoma- a game that’s always decided by who wants it more than skill (like most rivalry games). But I completely agree with TCU and Boise- never bring in huge recruits, but have found ways to be powerhouses.

    Comment by michaelperchick — February 14, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

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