Jadeveon Clowney Announcement: Which Teams Are Still in the Mix?
The No. 1 overall prospect in the nation has decided to delay his announcement until February 14. This date also happens to be his birthday.
The consensus 5-star recruit has narrowed his decision to Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson and LSU.
Jadeveon Clowney is listed at 6'6", 240 and played his high school football at South Pointe High School in South Carolina.
He is not only the best defensive end prospect in the country, but he is also the best overall prospect according to ESPNU's Top 150.
According to Rivals, he is a blue-chip prospect in all five individual aspects of his game: speed, size, strength, agility and lateral pursuit.
There isn't a strong indication on where Clowney will go, but one thing is for sure: He will make an immediate impact for whatever team he decides to go to.
Alabama Crimson Tide
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Regardless of where Clowney goes, he will make an immediate impact, and he will probably start.
Clowney could step in from day one and play in the defensive end in the 3-4 scheme.
The defensive scheme he plays in shouldn't be a factor because Clowney is so athletically gifted that it doesn't matter. The 3-4 Alabama defense shouldn't be a problem.
Alabama is looked at as one of the favorites, along with...
South Carolina Gamecocks
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South Carolina is one of the two home state schools he is still considering, and because of this South Carolina could be looked at as the leader.
The Gamecocks relied on the success of a freshman standout last year in Marcus Lattimore, and if Clowney comes to South Carolina, look for even more of an impact.
Steve Spurrier has given Clowney his sales pitch, and now the ball is in Clowney's court.
Along with Alabama, South Carolina is looked at as one of the favorites to land Clowney.
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Although Clemson is an in-state school and Clowney might want to stay close to home to play college football. Clemson is coming in as a slight underdog for the Clowney sweepstakes.
Not only do they have to compete with South Carolina, but with three other SEC schools as well.
Clemson is bringing in a great recruiting class, but I don't think Clowney wants to play in the ACC. With the talent he has, he will dominate in the SEC, and that's where he'll end up.
However, if he did decide to come to Clemson, he would be one of the most dominant players in the conference from day one—but he could have that same title in the SEC as well.
Auburn has put together a top five recruiting class, but I don't think Clowney will add to that.
However, if Clowney decides to come to Auburn, they would most likely end up with the No. 1 overall class. A Clowney commit would mean having three of the top six overall players on ESPNU's Top 150.
He would be able to make an impact at Auburn from day one, like he would for any other program. Whatever team picks him up will have a great addition.
LSU seems like the long shot. Clowney would have to turn down an in-state offer from LSU and offers from Auburn and Alabama.
LSU would love to have Clowney, and Clowney would be able to make an impact on these Tigers, but as of right now, it looks like a long shot.
Les Miles is a relentless recruiter, so you never know what the Mad Hatter has up his sleeve.
Various publications list the following schools as schools he is considering or interested in. However, I don't think he ends up at any of these schools. The first five were a consensus amongst the recruiting websites.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Ohio State Buckeyes
Florida State Seminoles
Here are the teams he's interested in—where does the No. 1 overall prospect end up?
I think it comes down to Alabama and South Carolina, and at the end of the day I think he ends up in Tuscaloosa, but that's just my opinion.