Four-Star DE Demon Clowney, Cousin to Jadeveon, Commits to Ole Miss

Jenna West

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Four-star recruit Demon Clowney has chosen Ole Miss, giving Lane Kiffin his first big commitment as head coach.

Clowney, who is the cousin of former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney, visited the Rebels over the weekend before making his decision. The 6'4", 220-pound defensive end is the latest recruit to join Ole Miss after four-star Florida running back Henry Parrish committed to the program on Sunday. The Rebels also recently gained transfers in Temple tight end Kenny Yeboah and Georgia safety Otis Reese.

Kiffin's staff has close ties to the Maryland recruiting landscape. Clowney played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, and his head coach Biff Poggi worked as a special adviser at Michigan when his son Henry played there. Kiffin hired Michigan safeties coach Chris Partridge as his new co-defensive coordinator, along with former Maryland coach DJ Durkin.

Clowney previously committed to LSU, but he and the Tigers parted ways ahead of December's early signing period. He is ranked as the nation's No. 8 weak-side defensive end by 247 Sports Composite and the No. 7 overall recruit in the state of Maryland's 2020 class.