While Jadeveon Clowney’s decision wasn’t exactly as hyped as LeBron James’ decision to play in South Beach, the media have dubbed it as “The Decision II.”
This morning at 10:15 ET, Clowney, the No. 1 football recruit, announced he will be playing at South Carolina in the fall of 2011. What a nice birthday present for the young stud.
The 6’6”, 247-pound defensive end narrowed his decision down to Clemson and South Carolina, with Alabama as an outside contender for his services.
Here are 10 reasons why Clowney should have picked Alabama.
South Carolina has improved the last few seasons, and Clowney could be the missing link that brings them over the edge.
Marcus Lattimore is expected to duplicate his strong freshman campaign and will be on the team for at least two more seasons.
Clowney would be an opponent rather than a prized signee.
Though Alabama will be returning five defensive ends, Clowney is bound to receive instant playing time as the nation’s top recruit.
He would likely have an immediate chance to play at whatever school he chose which will factor into his decision.
Clowney could play each week in front of 101,821 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Alabama’s fanbase is one of the best in the country, and the energy the fans instill in the players is unrivaled.
The stadium is second to Tennessee for largest seating capacity in the SEC.
Alabama filled many needs with their recruiting class as they try to earn a trip back to the National Championship.
Clowney would join safety Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, running back Demetrius Hart, linebacker Trey DePriest, defensive end Xzavier Dixon and wide receiver Bradley Sylve among others.
Nick Saban is a winner, plain and simple.
Not that Steve Spurrier and Dabo Sweeney aren’t, but Saban possesses the fire to bring the Crimson Tide back to national greatness.
Clowney would be able to learn a thing or two from Saban’s passion for the game.
Another top defensive end recruit, Jeoffrey Pagan, chose Alabama over Georgia and Florida.
Pagan was the eighth rated defensive end in the nation.
Pagan and Clowney would form an elite tandem on the Crimson Tide’s defensive line and bring the pain to quarterbacks around the country.
Alabama is coming off a sub-par season and they still finished ranked 10th on the Associated Press postseason poll.
At 10-3, there is room for improvement, but Nick Saban should have his team ready to go in September.
The team will be hungry for a National Championship berth in 2011.
South Carolina at 9-5 finished in the top-25 while Clemson struggled to a 6-7 finish. Both of teams may still be a few years away from competing on college football’s biggest stage.
Alabama has produced a ton of NFL-ready players over the last few years.
This year, prospects Julio Jones and Mark Ingram are expected to make an impact at the next level.
The Crimson Tide’s coaching staff knows how to prepare a talented player for NFL action, and Clowney would be wise to maximize his potential at this school.
The decision of Alabama’s defensive coordinator Kirby Smart to remain with the school has paid huge dividends for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s defense has finished near the top of the rankings in overall defense for the past three seasons.
Clowney would be continuing an impressive tradition if he worked with Smart day in and day out.
At Alabama, Clowney will get maximum exposure to professional scouts as he tries to establish himself as a top player in the nation.
The Crimson Tide play in the SEC which is arguably the best conference in the country.
Some of the nation’s premier teams like Florida, LSU, and Auburn play in this conference. The teams have established major rivalries which will draw many scouts.
South Carolina is also in this conference, but does not have the reputation of Alabama just yet.