Tag:Jadeveon Clowney
Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:57 am
 

Eye on CFB Recruiting Review, 3/21

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Every Monday, our weekly Recruiting Review recaps the past week's top headlines from our sister blog, Bryan Fischer's Eye on Recruiting . Enjoy:
  • Weekend before last, a BadgerSports 7-on-7 event on the campus of USF brought out of some of the top athletes in Florida; Eye on Recruiting has your rundown of the standouts . Shifty, explosive running back Alton "Pig" Brown was the headliner, and looks poised to continue the recent run of highly-ranked all-purpose backs out of central Florida. Highlights of the event are available here .
  • Not even the pull of in-state Texas could keep Denton defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. from following in his father's footsteps by committing to Florida State. Edwards' father, Mario Sr., starred at cornerback for Bobby Bowden's Seminoles in the 1990s.
  • Is the class of 2011 finally, officially put to bed now? Maybe, after Palmdale (Calif.) defensive end Steve Dillon at long last signed his letter-of-intent with USC. Dillon became the 31st member of Lane Kiffin's supersized '11 class.
  • Part of this morning's roundup of recruiting news included the news that Jadeveon Clowney is "on track" to qualify ... but that his academics are shaky enough that it's far from a done deal just yet. South Carolina fans shouldn't get off of their pins and needles just yet.
One more reminder: if you don't want to wait for these Monday recaps, simply read Eye on Recruiting . You'll be glad you did.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 10:45 am
 

Own your own Jadeveon Clowney action figure

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Jadeveon Clowney hasn't yet taken his first class at South Carolina, hasn't had a single Gamecock practice, hasn't yet even had a jersey number assigned. (In fact, there's some question about whether his academics will even allow him to enroll in Columbia, or force a prep school/JUCO detour.) But that hasn't stopped one enterprising Gamecock fan from building in Clowney's honor ... well, it's not a statue. But it is a much smaller version of one, kind of. And you can own it!

Because courtesy of user "spurrier_is_my_homeboy", fans can visit eBay right now to bid [Update: Sorry, no you can't, see below] on a presumably-homemade "Custom McFarlane" Clowney action figure, in the vein of the popular Todd McFarlane "Spawn" figures. (An official version would no doubt violate three-quarters of the NCAA rulebook.) Photos :







The current winning bid is $47. That might be a bargain, since if Clowney does prove to half the player Gamecock fans -- and just about everyone else who's seen Clowney play, to be fair -- expect him to be, the next time this figure appears on eBay, it's may not come so cheap.

UPDATE: The auction has been taken down, not a huge surprise given the dodgy ethics of using a not-yet-college athlete's image without his permission. But the photos are still just as fun, right?

HT: Charleston Post and Courier .


Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 11:11 am
 

Eye on CFB Recruiting Review, 2/21

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Hey, Eye on College Football reader, are you also reading our sister blog, the excellent Eye on Recruiting as written by the excellent Bryan Fischer (who you can folllow on Twitter here )? If not, why not? Don't you like being well-informed about the myriad goings-on in the world of college football recruiting? Because if you read Eye on Recruiting, you will be.

But we also know that not everyone is a hardcore recruitnik. For those of you who aren't, we're providing a new weekly public service: the biggest headlines and most interesting stories to come out of recruiting this past week as reported at Eye on Recruiting , all collected in one easy post right here. Enjoy:

  • Alabama hasn't wasted any time putting together their next loaded recruiting class, already adding their seventh and eighth commitments for 2012. One of them, highly-regarded Powder Springs (Ga.) running back Kenyan Drake, shows that Nick Saban's efforts in Georgia aren't slowing down anytime soon. Their SEC rivals at Florida are off to a fast start as well , with three commitments in the past week and five total; with Stone Mountain (Ga.) RB Mike Davis and Seffner (Fla.) RB Matt Jones in the fold, the Gators may be done at tailback already.
  • Though they've decided to back off from their usual stragey of locking up half their class by spring break, Texas is nonetheless up to six commitments already after Mansfield (Texas) defensive end Hassan Ridgeway pledged to the 'Horns over multiple other in-state offers.
  • How did the final 2011 recruiting hauls stack up head-to-head, position-by-position, in the Iron Bowl rivalry? Fischer has your answer , with the Crimson Tide having the edge but Auburn having nothing to hang their head about. Also examined are hte more lopsided comparsions between Texas and Texas A&M and USC and UCLA .
  • Among the teams nabbing their first commitments for the class of 2012 are Colorado, with legacy recruit Clay Norgard, and Georgia Tech, with Lakeland (Ga.) linebacker Junior Gnonkonde. Gnonkonde is a native of Cote D'Ivoire who came to the U.S. only three years ago.
  • This weekend's Nike Combine and National UnderClassmen Combine, both in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area, allowed some of the best talent from the state of Florida (and elsewhere) to shine; here's the names you need to know from the Nike event, and a full rundown of both events is available here . The headliner was 6'2", 207-pound Clermont (Fla.) linebacker Justin Horton, who currently carries offers from USF and Louisville but will likely see his recruiting heat up in a big way after running a 4.58 40.
One more reminder: if you don't want to wait for these Monday recaps, simply read Eye on Recruiting . You'll be glad you did.

Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:58 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 11:04 am
 

Report: Clowney closing in on Gamecocks, Tigers

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the college football world continues to drool over the highlights of Jadeveon Clowney, three schools continue to sit on the egde of their seat with a scholarship extended.  South Carolina, Clemson, and Alabama all await with a scholarship extended for the highly-touted defensive end to announce his collegiate plans on February 14, his birthday.  Everyone has speculated where Clowney will end up, but his high school coach told local media this weekend that he believes things are looking bleek for Alabama, and very good for the in-state Gamecocks.

South Pointe High School head coach Bobby Carroll told the Charleston Post and Courier on Saturday night that Alabama is not as strong with Clowney, citing distance as a determining factor.  He also believes that his recruitment is South Carolina's to lose at this point.

"That's what my gut feeling is," Carroll said regarding the Gamecocks' chances. "He's not saying a whole lot. I think he pretty much knows where he wants to go, though."

If Alabama is fading out of the picture, it is good news not only for the Gamecocks but also for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.  Clemson made a huge splash on National Signing Day, pulling a couple of last minute prospects to finish off one of the best classes in the program's recent history.  If distance is a determining factor for the Rock Hill native, Clemson is still very much in the picture.

Dennis Dodd believes that Clowney belongs in the SEC, to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Dorsey, Terrence Cody, Nick Fairley, and the endless list of playmaking defensive lineman from the conference.  The Post and Courier also reports a source close to the situation who said that Clowney may know where he is going, but "wants it to be a shock."

Amongst all the speculation is the reminder that this is a decision being made (or so we believe) by a high school senior.  A radically unpredictable specimen, the high school senior is capable of changing ideals, beliefs, and decisions in real-time.  Regardless of any source or tips, the fact remains that we will need to see that LOI before any team is comfortable celebrating Clowney's arrival.

Click here for the latest updates on Jadeveon Clowney's recruitment
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:25 pm
 

More turnover for Tide as Cignetti takes D-II job

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After Alabama followed up their national championship season with a disappointing -- by preseason No. 1 standards, anyway -- 10-3 campaign, it's no surprise that the Crimson Tide underwent some mild turnover on their coaching staff. Defensive line coach Bo Davis was hired away by Texas for the same position without what seemed like much resistance or counter-offering from Nick Saban and the Tide. And offensive line coach Joe Pendry retired, to be replaced -- immediately -- by former Miami assistant Jeff Stoutland.

If Davis and Pendry were fully committed to staying in Tuscaloosa, they probably still would be. But after the Tide arguably underachieved this season along both lines of scrimmage, and given how prepared he appeared to be for their departures, it's also doubtful Saban lost too much sleep over those changes.

But there's now fewer than two weeks remaining before Signing Day, and if losing two coaches might be useful to keep the staff fresh and motivated, replacing a third of your assistants in one offseason probably qualifies as a headache. And it's now a headache Saban will have to deal with as Tide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti has taken the head coaching job at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Unlike Davis and Pendry, Cignetti's motivations are perfectly transparent; IUP is the same school where his father Frank Cignetti coached for 19 seasons. But also unlike Davis's and Pendry's departures, Cignetti's decision leaves Saban scrambling (well, for a given definition of "scramble") to have the position filled before Signing Day. And though few coaches would say no to drawing a Crimson Tide salary and coaching Tide-grade talent, the lateness of the vacancy means the pool of candidates might be somewhat shallower than it would be otherwise.

Even those concerns would usually be trifling ones for Saban's well-oiled machine, but that machine is showgin some minor wear-and-tear on the recruiting trail for what might be the first time in Saban's Capstone tenure. Blue-chip in-state linebacker-slash-running back recruit Brent Calloway recently flipped his commitment from the Tide to Auburn. Major wide receiver recruit Malcolm Mitchell chose home-state Georgia over the Tide last night, despite speculation he had been an Alabama lean. And there are indications the Tide may be unable to pull the nation's consensus No. 1 recruit, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, away from hometown South Carolina.

Arguably no program in the country is better-equipped to withstand those kinds of setbacks, or whatever other setbacks might arise as a result of Cignetti's exit. The Tide will be fine. But when the expectations are nothing less than annual contention for a national title, even minor stumbles can prove to be major developments.

 
 
 
 
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