Jadeveon Clowney: The Heir Apparent to Stephen Garcia?

ROCK HILL SC - FEBRUARY 14: Jadeveon Clowney announces his college football commitment to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during a press conference at South Pointe High School on February 14 2011 in Rock Hill South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

If you're wondering why nothing has been posted on RBR this morning, it's not because real life has been rudely intruding, it's because there is absolutely no news. When the GoDaddy.com preseason All-American team was released yesterday, we probably should have known it was going to be a couple of slow news days, but I didn't expect things would be this slow. The upside? The weekend is approaching and you can just about always count on some off-field transgressions to spice things up. And what do you know? Luck be a lady...

I will spell out the specific details at that point, but the preliminary indication is that officers were following a tip about an individual with a gun in the area and the 6-6, 240-pound [Jadeveon] Clowney fit the description.

Clowney, 18, was detained, searched and released. The Rock Hill native, a senior at South Pointe High, did not have school today. It was a furlough day.

All the while, as I mentioned earlier, young bar patrons became increasingly angry - and violent, in some cases. The report is expected to detail objects, including bottles, being thrown at the officers as they searched Clowney.
So, yes, the 18-year old high school senior who is a borderline academic case -- though that learning disability is expected to pull him through... how does that not sound right? -- is out bar-hopping in Columbia on a Thursday night, and apparently a riot almost ensues on his behalf against local police officers. This kid wasn't a five-star recruit for nothing, folks. Now the question becomes: can he fill the very big shoes of Stephen Garcia, who after 14 years in Columbia is finally down to his last year of eligibility?

Update: Just in case some of the readership may have taken this piece to be a criticism of Clowney, it's not, and in fairness to him this seems to be a case of mistaken identity. Obviously it's probably not the best idea for an 18-year high school kid to be out on the town at a college bar at 2:00 in the morning in the middle of the week, but that notwithstanding Clowney didn't actually do anything wrong, and he was not the suspect that law enforcement was looking for as the suspected gunman. And naturally, Spurrier had fun with the whole thing at practice today:
The nation’s top high school football recruit was handcuffed and questioned by police early Friday morning in a case of mistaken identity. By sundown, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was in handcuffs himself, to illustrate that USC signee Jadeveon Clowney’s brief run-in with the law was “no big deal.”

Columbia police chief Randy Scott attended USC’s practice, talking to the team before it began and mock-cuffing the Ball Coach at the end to prove a point.

“After the chief knew I didn’t rob that convenience store down the road, he let me go,” Spurrier said, referring to a tale he concocted with Scott. “Last night, they let Jadeveon go. … It’s not embarrassing to be handcuffed. That’s what I’m trying to say.”

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