USC Gamecocks Football

Clowney named Mr. Football

Jadeveon Clowney with the Mr. Football Award
Jadeveon Clowney with the Mr. Football Award The (Rock Hill) Herald

MYRTLE BEACH -- South Pointe's Jadeveon Clowney was named South Carolina's 2010 Mr. Football on Friday night at Myrtle Beach High School's Performing Arts Center.

Clowney, a 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end, beat out a field of seven others that included: Greenwood linebacker Quinn Backus; Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson; Summerville running back De'Angelo Henderson, James Island quarterback Bo Patterson, Dorman receiver Charone Peake, Goose Creek offensive lineman Brandon Shell, and Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley.

"Jadeveon is an athlete of great character,'' South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll said. "He is extremely trustworthy, one of the main pillars of character.

"If Jadeveon tells you something, you can bank on it. He is a man of his word. He is a man of great integrity. He is a team player.''

Clowney is recognized by most recruiting services as the nation's top overall player regardless of position. He is the target of an intense recruiting battle that includes the nation's top college football programs. He lists his top three as, in alphabetical order, Alabama, LSU and South Carolina.

South Pointe was 38-6 during Clowney's three varsity seasons. The 2008 team went 15-0 and won the Class AAAA Division II state championship. Last year's team was 10-4 and lost in the Class AAAA Division II semifinals, and this year's team was moved down to Class AAA and was ranked No. 1 after the third week of the season. The Stallions won 12 straight games until losing to Myrtle Beach in last week's championship game.

Clowney, who runs 4.5 in the 40, had 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 caused fumbles, 6 fumbles recoveries, 43 quarterback pressures and five defensive touchdowns this season. On offense, he had 20 carries for 274 yards and nine touchdowns.