New Florida coach Will Muschamp is trying to make the Gators a factor with South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney.
Muschamp recently called Stallions coach Bobby Carroll and planned to make his one phone call of the dead period to Clowney. "He couldn't believe Florida wasn't more involved with Clowney," Carroll said.
It may be too little, too late for Muschamp and the Gators, though Clowney does have one open weekend for a visit. Clowney had planned to go Florida State next week after playing in the Under Armour All American Game, but he and his mother will go to New York instead for an ESPN photo shoot. He will visit Alabama January 14th and Clemson on the 21st. He's undecided about the visit on the 28th. LSU, Florida State and Auburn are the three he's been considering, but Florida could jump into the mix. Clowney is no longer considering Ohio State. He made an official visit to USC in November.
As far as a leader at this point, Carroll said Clowney hasn't told him of one, but from his own observations he has a good idea about one. "I'd say it's South Carolina," Carroll said. "They've had a great year, they need defensive ends, he's the best one in the country, and it's only 60 miles down the road. I thought (Stephon) Gilmore was going to Alabama and he ended up at South Carolina, so I'm just going by what I experienced there."
Clowney does not plan to announce a decision until Signing Day.