Jadeveon Clowney takes ‘freak’ to a new level


For those who don’t know just who the subject of the headline is, Jadeveon Clowney is the No. 1 high school player in the country according to most of the major and not-so-major recruiting services that litter the Internet landscape.

And, if you watch just a few seconds of the video clip below, you’ll know exactly why every major football program in the country would give their left and right Ole Miss head coach for the opportunity to add the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end to their 2011 recruiting class.  The kid is just an absolute freak of nature, and that’s anything but hyperbole.

Watching his highlights, it calls to mind what it would look like if I were lined up as a rush end and my four-year-old daughter was at tackle protecting the quarterback’s blind side.  Forget man amongst boys; this is man vs. fetuses.  Or embryos.

As it stands now, the 6-6, 250-pound Clowney has whittled his list of schools down to six — South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina and LSU.  He’s already taken official visits to Columbia and Tuscaloosa, and has plans to take in the Tallahassee and Chapel Hill campuses as well.  His fifth and final official visit will be to one of the other two schools, although which one’s yet to be determined.

Clowney is not expected to make his decision on National Signing Day Feb. 2; rather, rumor has it that he could very well make his decision public on his birthday, Feb. 14.  That also happens to be Valentine’s Day, for what it’s worth.

While his “official” list is down to six, it’s believed the Gamecocks and the Tide are a couple notches above the other schools at this point in time and one of the two will ultimately land the lineman.

Now, onto precisely why every school in the country starts to drool whenever Clowney’s name is mentioned…

Just… dayum.  That can’t be of this earth, can it?

I have no clue how he will do at the collegiate level, but that raw potential has me salivating and I won’t even be the one coaching him.

(Tip O’ the Cap: EDSBS)

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.