Thayer Evans’ “exclusive inside look” at Jadeveon Clowney’s recruiting is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a while. In it, you’ll find out that Clowney, who’s struggled academically and has a learning disability, received his first offer from Georgia Tech and that Alabama hired away Clemson’s defensive line coach just in time for him to deliver the perfect negative recruiting blow:
But Clowney wanted to hear Rumph explain why he left Clemson. “They can’t win there,” Clowney recalled Rumph telling him.
“We’re going to win here. I couldn’t promise you that at Clemson, but I can promise you that here.”
It didn’t convince Clowney. But it did lead to the best story of all.
In early December, Saban made his home visit with Clowney. The town was abuzz, with vehicles slowly streaming by Clowney’s mother’s house in hopes of catching a glimpse of the legendary coach. Inside, Clowney wasn’t that impressed.
“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” he said later. “They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.”
During the visit, Saban touted Alabama’s graduation rate, its success in sending players to the NFL and playing Clowney at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Clowney and his family could hardly get a word in.
“Nick Saban’s going to take over and talk,” Clowney said. “He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”
There’s a certain combination of cockiness and cluelessness that adolescent boys seem to be able to pull off. Clowney nailed it effortlessly there. He’s going to be a fun interview for the next three years.