Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney reveals in Monte Burke's upcoming book, “Saban: The Making of a Coach,” that he wasn't impressed by Nick Saban's recruitment of him, according to The State.
Clowney elected to attend South Carolina after a recruitment process that saw him garner offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State and LSU as Rivals' No. 1 player in his class.
Saban is well known for his recruiting prowess, having landed four straight No. 1 classes on Rivals from 2011 to 2014, but lost out to an SEC rival in the race for Clowney's services.
“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else,” Clowney said of Saban. “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.
“He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”
Despite his takeaways of Saban, Clowney said in the book that he would have committed to the Crimson Tide “a long time ago” had they run a 4-3 defense instead of a 3-4, according to The State.
Clowney was selected No. 1 in the 2014 NFL draft after three years at South Carolina.
- Molly Geary