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Jadeveon Clowney was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina on February 14, 1993. He attended South Pointe High School, where he initially played defensive end and running back for the junior varsity team. After joining the varsity team as a defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney helped lead South Pointe to a 15-0 season and the South Carolina AAAA Division II title in 2008.
After his senior year, Jadeveon Clowney played in the Shine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Under Armour All-America Game. Recruiting services ranked him the number 1 overall prospect and a five-star recruit for the class of 2011. In February 2011, Jadeveon Clowney announced that he would attend South Carolina as he wanted to play in the SEC.
As a true freshman, Jadeveon Clowney played all 12 games of the regular season for South Carolina. In his debut, he completed 7 tackles, a quarterback hurry, and a pass breakup. A week later, he completed his first quarterback sack against Georgia. Overall, he completed 36 tackles for the season, 12 of which resulted in a loss of yardage. The SEC ranked him 8th for sacks and he was the only freshman in the top 10. Jadeveon Clowney also earned SEC Freshman of the Year and was named to the All-SEC second team.
During the 2012 season, Jadeveon Clowney became the best defensive player in NCAA football. He set a South Carolina single season record for sacks and tackles for losses with 13 and 23.5 respectively. Jadeveon Clowney was also responsible for 3 forced fumbles and 54 tackles, with 40 of those solo tackles. He was unanimously named an All-American, won the Ted Hendricks Award for being America’s best defensive end, and was placed 6th overall for the 2012 Heisman Trophy. Following Jadeveon Clowney’s amazing sophomore year, fans voted him as the 2012 AT&T All-America Player of the Year in January 2013.
Jadeveon Clowney began his junior season as a frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. After a slow start, illness, and numerous minor injuries, his Heisman prospects quickly faded. He also sat out 2 games for rib area muscle strain and bone spurs in his right foot. Despite injury, Jadeveon Clowney managed to complete his junior season with 35 tackles, 3 quarterback sacks, and 10.5 tackles that resulted in a loss of yardage. He was named again to the All-SEC first team. At the conclusion of the season, Jadeveon Clowney announced that he would skip his senior year to enter the NFL Draft.
During the 2014 NFL Draft Combine, Jadeveon Clowney posted an official time of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. This was the fastest time amongst all prospective defensive lineman. He was picked by the Houston Texans as the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In June 2014, Jadeveon Clowney signed a $22.272 million, 4-year deal with Houston that included a $14.518 million signing bonus.
Jadeveon Clowney made his NFL debut on August 9, 2014 in a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. During this game, he made a tackle that resulted in a loss of 5 yards. In the second preseason game, he completed his first professional quarterback sack against Atlanta Falcon’s quarterback Matt Ryan. Before the 3rd preseason game, Jadeveon Clowney complained of concussion symptoms and did not play for the remainder of the preseason. During the regular season, he tore his meniscus and was placed on injured reserve throughout the remainder of his rookie year.
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