Gamecocks Still On Top

South Pointe HS (Rock Hill, SC) 2011 defensive end Jadaveon Clowney, one of the Palmetto State's top junior prospects, was on the South Carolina campus Saturday for an unofficial visit. Read inside as Clowney discusses the trip, his leader and his newest offers.

South Pointe 2011 defensive end Jadaveon Clowney may not have decided to compete in the Gamecock Showcase Camp. But the 6-6, 240-pound prospect did see more than enough on his visit to keep the Gamecocks out front in the race for his services.

"It went well. I saw a lot of things up there," Clowney said of the visit.

Clowney, who was accompanied by junior teammate Gerald Dixon, says he arrived on campus around 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

"They took us around campus," he said. "I met the head coach, coach (Steve) Spurrier, and talked to him a little bit. I saw the whole campus; that was about it."

Spurrier's message to the talented defensive end was clear.

"It went well," he said of the conversation. "He was talking to me about coming up there and staying in the hometown, staying close so my parents could come and see me."

Clowney, who runs the forty-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, also said he enjoyed his tour of the campus.

"How close all the classes were. The areas you could hang out at and the library," Clowney listed as the things that stood out. "Oh I think (the facilities) are good. I like it. It's going to be good, the new facility they're building up there for all the athletes."

Clowney is being recruited to South Carolina by assistant coach in charge of the defense Ellis Johnson. Clowney says he and Johnson have already developed a solid relationship.

"I think he's cool," Clowney said. "He lets you know how things are going to be already, and what you need to expect about how you're going to do things."

Johnson also played a big part in the recruitment of current Gamecocks and former South Pointe Stallions Stephon Gilmore and Devonte Holloman. Clowney says he hasn't talked to the two defensive backs lately, but they were working him hard to join them at South Carolina in the past.

Clowney first named South Carolina his leader in February and says nothing has changed in that aspect.

"South Carolina still is [my leader]."

He mentions South Carolina's proximity to home as a big reason for that lead.

Since February, Clowney has picked up verbal offers from LSU, Alabama, Arkansas and Notre Dame to go along with previous offers from South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, UCLA and North Carolina State.

While Clowney plans to look at several programs before making a decision he says LSU stands out as his second place team.

"I liked them when I was little," he says of the Tigers.

Clowney plans to take visits to South Carolina this season to see some games and also wants to get out to Baton Rouge for an LSU contest.

The talented DE lists speed, quickness and explosiveness as his best qualities on the field. Clowney, who had over 70 tackles and 13 or 14 sacks last season, says he won't make a decision until his senior campaign. He is expecting his South Pointe Stallion team to be even better than the 2008 squad that went undefeated on the way to a State Championship.

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