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New wrinkle develops with Clausen

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There could be a new player and wrinkle for the recruiting of sophomore quarterback sensation Jimmy Clausen (6-3, 200, 4.7) from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
It is well-documented about how close the Clausen family is both of his older brothers Casey and Ricky Clausen have had great moments on the D-I level for the Tennessee Volunteers.
A new and interesting wrinkle has developed in the recruitment for the ultra-talented signal caller from California.
Clausen's older brother, former UT Volunteer starting quarterback, Casey Clausen is taking a coaching GA job with the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He will be under the tutelage of head coach Sylvester Croom and assistant head coach Woody McCorvey.
This development could impact the recruitment of the youngest Clausen.
People have to understand the closeness of this family and the unique relationship the three brothers have.
This is not to say that Clausen is a lock for Mississippi State or Tennessee but it is important to know that older brother Casey was very instrumental in younger brother Jimmy's success as a sophomore.
In a previous Rivals.com Amp piece on Jimmy there was older brother Casey working and instructing Jimmy in reads and drops.
Just a reminder of how potent Clausen was as a sophomore, he led his team to a perfect 14-0 record while throwing for 3,665 yards and 58 touchdowns against only six interceptions.
Clausen's statistics could have been even better but many times he left the game after playing only two quarters of football.
Casey has been very impressed with the West Coast offense and the simplicity of how it works. He is very impressed with its efficiency and how Croom is running it. Both Croom and McCorvey are mentoring Casey in the nuances of the offense.
The most important thing for recruiters to remember when it comes to recruiting Jimmy Clausen he wants to play in a system that has a history of developing NFL quarterbacks.
When push comes to shove and it's crunch time in the recruiting process you can bet your last dollar that Casey and Ricky Clausen will be part of the decision making process.
The younger Clausen will rely on information by both brothers.
What is clear at this early stage is Mississippi State is a player for the services of Clausen.
Clausen earned All-American, all-state, and all-CIF honors for his 2004 performance. He also was California Sophomore Player of the Year.
Like his two brothers before him, he will be a December grad and will enter school in time for spring ball after his high school career is over.
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