Tag:Jadeveon Clowney
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:40 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Everybody's Prep All-Americans

By MaxPreps' Kevin Askeland 

What do La'el Collins, Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Johnson and Curtis Grant have in common?

Besides all being supremely talented athletes, they were the only four high school football players to be named to each of the seven All-American football teams that have been published since the end of the 2010 season.

MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Tom Lemming and Scout all selected All-American teams and the fearsome foursome listed above were the only unanimous selections out of 108 total All-American players selected across the seven teams.

Here's a look at the consensus All-American selections followed by the teams that they made.

Everybody's All-Americans

WR - Kasen Williams, Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
WR - George Farmer, Serra (Gardena, Calif.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
TE - Ben Koyack, Oil City (Pa.) - MaxPreps, Parade, Scout
OL - La'el Collins, Redemptorist (Baton Rouge, La.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brandon Shell, Goose Creek (S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Cyrus Kouandjio, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
OL - Brey Cook, Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Parade, Scout
OL - Christian Westerman, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Scout
QB - Kiehl Frazier, Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Malcolm Brown, Steele (Cibolo, Texas) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
RB - Demetrius Hart, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade
K - Kyle Brindza, Plymouth (Canton, Mich.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, ESPN Rise, Parade

DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Anthony Johnson, O. Perry Walker (New Orleans) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Viliami Moala, Grant (Sacramento, Calif.) - MaxPreps, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
DL - Tim Jernigan, Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Curtis Grant, Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) - MaxPreps, Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Stephone Anthony, Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, ESPN Rise, Parade, Scout
LB - Tony Steward, Menendez (St. Augustine, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today
DB - Demetrious Nicholson, Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.) - MaxPreps, Rivals, Parade, Scout
DB - Ha'sean Clinton-dix, Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.) - Tom Lemming, Rivals, USA Today, Scout
DB - Brandon Swindall, Millwood (Oklahoma City) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise, Parade
DB - Doran Grant, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio) - Tom Lemming, ESPN Rise, Scout
P - Tommy Hibbard, Butler (Matthews, N.C.) - MaxPreps, ESPN Rise

Posted on: February 15, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 4:15 pm
 

The Class of 2011 Mock Draft

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The recruiting class of 2011 is finally signed and sealed with Jadeveon Clowney's announcement on Valentine's Day. While college coaches have turned their attention to evaluating the class of 2012, their NFL counterparts are locked in war rooms evaluating tape on the draft eligible players coming out in 2011. Of course we wondered, if NFL teams had to select from current group of high school recruits, who would they draft? 

The following mock draft of the 1st round takes a look at where top high school recruits would go based on team needs and draft position. 

NFL Mock Draft with the Class of 2011
Round 1
1. Carolina Panthers
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Pointe HS, headed to South Carolina: The number one player for the class of 2011 also goes number one to the Panthers, who are looking for help on the defensive line. Easily the most NFL-ready of any prospect on this list coming out of high school, some NFL scouts that have seen his tape have said he could actually make the jump to the NFL out of high school. He probably wouldn't go this high however.
2. Denver Broncos
Anthony Johnson, DT, O. Perry Walker HS, headed to LSU: Draft analyst Chad Reuter says the Broncos are expected to play some three- and four-man fronts under new head coach John Fox. Drafting Johnson would give them a tackle that could fit in well in both schemes.
3. Buffalo Bills
De'Anthony Thomas, CB, Crenshaw HS, headed to Oregon: The Bills need help all over the defensive side of the ball and grabbing Thomas provides them with a terrific cover corner who isn't afraid to deliver a big hit. He would boost a unit that intercepted just 11 passes last season.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
Ray Drew, DE, Thomas County Central HS, headed to Georgia: The Bengals need a pass rusher and they can get a very flexible one in Drew. Already 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he has the frame to bulk up and fit in well at the defensive end spot in either the 4-3 or the 3-4.
5. Arizona Cardinals
Curtis Grant, OLB, Hermitage HS, headed to Ohio State: Grant has great size for an outside linebacker and he could feature his pass-rush skills in an already aggressive Cardinals defense.
6. Cleveland Browns
George Farmer, WR, Junipero Serra HS, headed to USC: Already a polished product coming out of high school, Farmer would provide the deadly accurate Colt McCoy with a nice target on the outside.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Marcus Roberson, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, headed to Florida: It was tough to pass on quarterback Jeff Driskel but the 49ers go for flexibility in Roberson, a speedy corner who could also develop into a safety.
8. Tennessee Titans
Jeff Driskel, QB, Hagerty HS, headed to Florida: Looking to move on from the Vince Young era, the Titans turn to easily the top quarterback in the class. Although he can run well, a strong arm and accurate passing calm any fears the front office might have.
9. Dallas Cowboys
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, DeMatha HS, headed to Alabama: A prototype left tackle, Kouandjio is the best offensive lineman in the class and a no-brainer pick for a team that needs offensive lineman.
10. Washington Redskins
Trey Metoyer, WR, Whitehouse HS, headed to Oklahoma: Mike Shanahan might not know who he has at quarterback but whoever it is will have a very good receiver in Metoyer.
11. Houston Texans
Viliami Moala, DT, Grant HS, headed to Cal: Although they also need a corner, the move to the 3-4 under Wade Phillips will force the Texans to grab the big-bodied Moala to lineup inside next to Mario Williams.
12. Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Lynch, DE, Island Coast HS, headed to Notre Dame: Current end Ray Edwards will be a free agent so the Vikings turn to Lynch to replace him. Given his dominance at the Army All-American Bowl, he would be perfect to have on the opposite side of Jared Allen.
13. Detroit Lions
La'El Collins, OT, Redemptorist HS, headed to LSU: The Lions need some sort of youth along the line and they can grab a future starter in Collins, who did a good job handling Jadeveon Clowney at the Under Armour All-American game practices.
14. St. Louis Rams
Charone Peake, WR, Dorman HS, headed to Clemson: Sam Bradford needs some weapons at wide out and Peake would bring size and speed to the receiving corps.
15. Miami Dolphins
Malcolm Brown, RB, Cibolo Steele HS, headed to Texas: Needing a new running back, Brown should fit in well in an offense that needs a big back to handle the load.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ishaq Williams, OLB/DE, Abraham Lincoln HS, headed to Notre Dame: The Jaguars need to draft someone who can pass rush and Williams can do that from either outside linebacker or defensive end.
17. New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Anthony Chickillo, DE, Alonso HS, headed to Miami: He would provide an instant boost to the Patriots' pass rush after a dominating Under Armour All-American game.
18. San Diego Chargers
Tony Steward, OLB, Pedro Menendez HS, headed to Clemson: He looks like he could be an NFL linebacker already and he should be able to fit in as either an outside linebacker or inside linebacker in San Diego's 3-4 scheme.
19. NY Giants
Christian Westerman, OL, Hamilton HS, headed to Auburn: The Giants have an aging offensive line and Westerman could step in and fill a number of positions at either tackle or guard.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quandre Diggs, CB, Angleton HS, headed to Texas: The Bucs draft Ronde Barber's replacement in Diggs, who is the younger brother of Chargers corner Quentin Jammer.
21. Kansas City Chiefs
Colt Lyerla, OLB, Hillsboro HS, headed to Oregon: Looking to replace the versatile Mike Vrabel, the Chiefs select one of the most athletic players in the class of 2011.
22. Indianapolis Colts
Hasean Clinton-Dix, Dr. Phillips HS, headed to Alabama: Needing some insurance for when Bob Sanders is out, the Colts grab the versatile Clinton-Dix.
23. Philadelphia Eagles
Aundrey Walker, OG, Glenville HS, headed to USC: Needing help inside, the big body of Walker should help the Eagles ground game.
24. New Orleans Saints
James Wilder Jr., RB, Plant HS, headed to Florida State: With Pierre Thomas likely headed for free agency, the Saints opt to grab an every down back in Wilder, who could also play on the other side of the ball at linebacker.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Matthew Hegarty, OL, Aztec HS, headed to Notre Dame: Pete Carroll once again drafts an offensive lineman in the first round as he rebuilds the Seattle offense.
26. Baltimore Ravens
Jaxon Shipley, WR, Brownwood HS, headed to Texas: The older receiving corps of the Ravens get a needed speed upgrade in Shipley, who is also a very good route runner.
27. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Shell, OT, Goose Creek HS, headed to South Carolina: The right side of the Falcons offensive line are free agents and Shell has the size to be a right or left tackle to help protect Matt Ryan.
28. New England Patriots
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Carver HS, headed to Georgia: Needing a running back to finally get the ground game going, the Pats turn to Crowell, who can also catch passes out of the backfield.
29. Chicago Bears
Antonio Richardson, Pearl-Cohn HS, headed to Tennessee: The Bears' offensive line was average to say the least last year and they address their needs with Richardson.
30. NY Jets
Lawrence Thomas, DE/OLB, Renaissance HS, headed to Michigan State: The Jets could use Thomas at either end or as a pass rushing linebacker.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers
Tyler Moore, OL, Countryside HS, headed to Nebraska: A versatile lineman, he could play at a number of spots along Pittsburgh's injury-riddled offensive line.
32. Green Bay Packers
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe HS, headed to Notre Dame: Already young and loaded on defense, the Packers grab Tuitt to help bolster the depth up front.
Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:05 am
 

2/15 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Post-Valentine's and post-Clowneypalooza, where will the recruiting news come from? Highly likely the drama continues to stream in from everywhere.

- The media circus that was Jadeveon Clowney's announcement yesterday will likely continue according to Andy Staples.

- Arizona State received the verbal commitment of Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler.

- Good list of news and notes on the state of Arkansas recruiting.

- Colorado added a late commit to the class of 2011 in wide receiver Tyler McCulloch.

- Did Auburn offer a scholarship to 14-year old quarterback David Sills?

- All-Name Team quarterback Vegas Harley enjoyed his visit to Florida this past weekend but he's made it clear to teams that he wants to play quarterback.

- Despite a top 10 class in 2011, have the Texas Longhorns lost their recruiting momentum in the Dallas area?

Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Clemson narrowly misses on Clowney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In the words of Ricky Bobby from the movie Talladega Nights, “if you’re not first, you’re last.” The same saying applies to college football recruiting but in the case of Clemson and uber-recruit Jadeveon Clowney, it was a very close second to South Carolina.

That much is apparent after reading what Clowney and his mother told Charleston Post and Courier beat writer Travis Haney.

“When I did go to Clemson, I did like Clemson a lot,” Josenna Clowney said. “When it all came down, it was his decision. That’s what he wanted to do. There’s where he wanted to go. I think he was more comfortable with the South Carolina staff and the people down there.

Coach (Dabo) Swinney came to my house and he sat down and he talked to me. He really sounded good about Clemson. We took the visit. We weren’t even going to take the Clemson visit. He talked us into coming to Clemson.”

The in-home visit with Swinney and subsequent visit certainly left Ms. Clowney holding the Tigers in high regard.

“I really liked the way he talked me to me and the things he said,” she told FoxSports.com. “(Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier) talked good, too, about their school and their program. It just seems more sincere from Dabo.”

The comments from Clowney’s mother are certainly interesting but mesh with what many had heard prior to today’s announcement, that the Tigers became a major player down the stretch. Clowney himself also offered some insight into how Clemson and Alabama (his other finalist) were major players before South Carolina made a push.

“(In 2009-10), I thought Clemson and Alabama had a little more to offer,” Clowney said. “They’re big schools. Clemson’s in the ACC and they were winning at that point in time.”

Judging by a few of the message board posts, finishing second isn’t much of a consolation for Clemson fans. I would suggest they take a look at their class of 2011 though.

It’s a pretty good list of talent and should make up for the sting of not getting Clowney’s signature today. Sort of.

Posted on: February 14, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:00 pm
 

2/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Pitchers and catchers report for spring training... oh hey, Jadeveon Clowney committed today. Who knew? Check out the front page of CBSSports.com for all of the coverage. And Happy Valentine's Day!

- Texas grabbed one more commitment out of their Junior Day in offensive lineman Curtis Riser. Some more info on several Dallas area recruits.

- Some more details on recent Miami commit Gray Crow. Speaking of Miami, they also landed a few more commits late last night.

- Florida has extended an offer to tight end Kent Taylor. N.C. State also sent out an offer to a tight end, offering A.J. Williams out of Ohio.

- Very good story on Big Ten oversigning and how the conference rules put their schools at a disadvantage.

- Barry Sanders Jr. is one of the biggest names in the class of 2012 - and not just because of his famous father. The electric running back is keeping an open mind on the recruiting front and is looking to pave his own path.

Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Where's Jadeveon Clowney going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. MaxPreps number one overall player for the class of 2011.

What’s the big deal: It takes all of one play to see why Clowney is at the top of everyone’s list in 2011. "Clowney is a freak of nature," CBS Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming said. "He's the best I've seen since Mario Williams.” The 6-foot-6, 240 pound end is a terrific blend of size and speed and his ability to chase down a running back or quarterback is off the charts. Watch some of his highlights (below) and it's no surprise when you hear he racked up 29.5 sacks and 162 tackles his senior year.

When: He will announce on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, which is also his birthday. The announcement will be at 10:15 AM ET and will be live on ESPN.

Considering: Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

Best Guess: South Carolina. The latest reports have Clowney deciding between the Gamecocks and the Tigers, which is no surprise since many expected him to stay close to home. Steve Spurrier has made Clowney priority number one from the beginning of the recruiting process and if he works his magic like he did Marcus Lattimore last year, the big defensive end will be suiting up for the Old Ball Coach in the fall.


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Posted on: February 12, 2011 11:41 am
 

2/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several “Junior Days” are about to kick off in a few hours around the country. Don’t be surprised to see several offers and/or commitments late tonight.

- The nation’s top recruit, Jadeveon Clowney, may have eligibility questions, according to the New York Times. Stewart Mandel writes that the long-awaited decision will be worth it for either of the South Carolina programs.

- Houston Nutt has come under heavy fire for oversigning so the coach allowed the school to release the scholarship numbers for the Rebels.

- Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino says going to the Sugar Bowl should provide a big boost on the recruiting trail.

- A look at a few of Washington’s 2012 targets.

- Colorado is still looking to add two wide receivers to their class of 2011.

- Kenton (Ohio) quarterback Maty Mauk talks about his recent offer from Michigan.

- The grandson of a former Dallas Cowboy is getting a lot of attention from major programs and will head to Texas' Junior Day.
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Specifics on Clowney announcement released

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The wait is almost over. The Jadeveon Clowney announcement is now only four days away, and with time drawing short, South Pointe High School and his hometown of Rock Hill have released the specifics of the nation's No. 1 recruit's big moment :
  • A press conference has been set for 10:15 a.m. EST Monday in the South Pointe auditorium
  • The conference will not be open to the public
  • Clowney will make his choice between (presumably) South Carolina and Clemson public and answer questions from the media before returning to class, where we're sure he and his classmates will enjoy a normal day of learning
  • ESPN will provide live coverage as well as local outlets including the Rock Hill Herald
  • SPHS's athletic director and Clowney's parents will also both make public statements.
With any luck, none of these details will change between now and then. It is just four days. But when it comes to Clowney's recruitment, four days is long enough for almost anything to happen.
 
 
 
 
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