Jadeveon Clowney wasn't impressed with Nick Saban's recruitment tactics

Thursday July 9th, 2015

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. 

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“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

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