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Clowney tops initial Rivals100 for 2011

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RockHill(S.C.)SouthPointe'sBobbyCarrollhascoachedalotoftalentinhis25-plusyearsasahighschoolfootballcoach.ButnothingcouldhavepreparedhimforJadeveonClowney.
The6-foot-6,245-pounddefensiveendhasa4.53-second40-yarddashtime,a300-plus-poundpowerclean,a36-inchverticalleapandhasoneofthemostimpressivehighlightfilmsseenatthepositioninquitesometime.SowhentheRivals.comrecruitinganalystswereaskedwhothebestplayerintheClassof2011was,thedebatelastedatotalofabout30seconds.Clowneyendedupasthechoice.
Carrollagreeswiththedecision.
"IhavecoachedfiveNFLfootballplayersinmy27yearsofcoachinghighschoolfootball,"Carrollsaid."WehadtwoParadeAll-Americans,twoUnderArmourAll-AmericansandtwoShrineBowlplayersherelastyear.IalsocoachedBenWatsonwhenIwasatRockHill.Ithoughtthoseguysgotalotofmailinregardstorecruiting.ThatwasuntilIsawJadeveonClowney.
"Clowneyisanincrediblefootballplayerandagoodguytohavearound.Heisnotsomejuicedup6-foot-4dude,though.Heisalegit6-foot-6.HelookslikeJevonKearse."
Rivals.comrecruitinganalystBarryEveryseestheupsidewithClowney.
"Clowneyhastherarecombinationofsize,speedandathleticismthat'srarelyseenatthedefensiveendposition,"Everysaid."WeallsawhowspecialRonaldPowellwaslastyear,buthewas6-4and240pounds.Clowneyis6-6and245poundsandisoneofthoserarestofrareplaymakers."
ClowneyhasSouthCarolina,NorthCarolinaandAlabamaatophisofferlist.WheredoesClowneyendupplayinghiscollegefootball?TheconsensusseemstobethatSouthCarolinaistheteamtobeatformultiplereasons:Clowneymightwanttostayclosertohome,theGamecockshavedevelopedgoodrelationshipsandformerSouthPointestandoutsStephonGilmoreandDeVonteHollomanplaythere.
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Aseasyasitwastonamethenation'sbest,theNo.2spotsparkedalengthydiscussion.Intheend,Rivals.comgavethenodtoSt.Augustine(Fla.)PedroMenendezlinebackerTonyStewardoverTampaPlantathleteJamesWilderJr..
"Itwasanagonizingdecision,"Rivals.comanalystBartonSimmonssaid."We'resplittinghairsherebecauseTonyandJamesareamongtheeliteoftheelite.Iknowyoucanmakeagreatargumenteitherwayforeitherplayerandnotbewrong.I'msureit'llbeadiscussionwehavethroughouttheyear."
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Inmanyyears,StewardandWilderwouldlikelyrankasthenation'sbestprospect.Infact,theywouldbeeliteinanyrecruitingclass.WilderwasnamedRivals.com'sJunioroftheYearafterhedominatedattheU.S.ArmyAll-AmericaCombineandrushedfor940yardsand14touchdownsin2009.Stewardfinishedhisjuniorseasonwith123tackles,fivesacks,andtwointerceptions-whichwerereturnedfortouchdowns.
"Tonyisjustthecompletepackage,"Simmonssaid."Hehasgoodsize.Everythinghedoes,hedoesitlow.Intheopenfield,Stewardclosesinaflashandthensinkshishipsandbreaksdowntomirrortherunningback.Incoverage,Stewardrunswithrunningbacksandreceiverslikeacorner.
"Freakishisanadjectivethatshouldbeusedsparinglywhendescribingcollegefootballprospects,butifanyonefitsthebillasafreakathlete,Wilderdoes.Helookslikehewasborninaweightroom,andhasanimposingphysicalpresence.Despitebeingbigandmuscledup,Wilderisnotstiffatall.Hecaneasilyrunwithrunningbacksandtightends,changesdirectionswellandhasgreathips."
RoundingoutthetopfivearetwoCaliforniastars-receiverGeorgeFarmerofGardena(Calif.)SerraatNo.4andrunningbackDe'AnthonyThomasofLosAngelesCrenshawatNo.5.They'refollowedbyoffensivelinemenLa'ElCollinsatsix,offensivelinemenCyrusKouandjioatseven,linebackerCurtisGrantateight,linebackerBrentCallowayatnineandrunningbackMalcolmBrownat10.
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It'snosurprisetothosethatfollowrecruitingtoseeFloridaisthetopstatefortalentinthisfirsteditionoftheRivals100.Buttheoverwhelmingtalentinthestatethisseasonisstillsomethingthat'squitenoteworthy.
Floridahas20playersintheRivals100.What'sevenmorestaggeringisthat12ofthose20playersareinthenationaltop50.Withoutquestion,thisisoneofthedeepestandbestyearsfortalentinFloridainalongtime.
"TheFloridaspeedclichéisprovingtrueonceagainthisyear,"Simmonssaid."Thegroupofrunningbacksreallypunctuatesastrongyearinthestate.Thedepthatthatposition-alongwiththetalentatthetopwithWilderandSteward-makethisFloridaclassoneofthebettergroupswe'veseenfromtoptobottom."
TexasandCaliforniaarethenexthighestinnumbersintheRivals100with12and10,respectively.AfterBrowninTexas,thetoprankedplayersintheLoneStarStateareoutsidelinebackerSteveEdmondatNo.14,runningbackAaronGreenatNo.21andreceiverTreyMetoyeratNo.24.BehindFarmerandThomasinCaliforniaarerunningbackBrendonBigelowatNo.26,defensiveendGregTownsendJr.atNo.35andathleteDevonBlackmonatNo.41.
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