Jadeveon Clowney shocked a lot of people back in 2011, when as the No. 1 high school football recruit in the country he spurned the Alabama Crimson Tide to attend South Carolina.

It now appears, that head coach Nick Saban may have talked himself right out of Clowney’s good favor.

In an interview for a new book about Nick Saban, "The Making of a Coach," Clowney described Saban as some “5-foot-5 guy” who “talks too much.”

Tide fans call him “Lord of the Living Room” for his ability to charm players and their parents.

But Jadeveon Clowney, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in 2010 who signed with South Carolina, was not impressed with Saban or his sales pitch, according to a new book, “Saban: The Making of a Coach.”

After Saban’s in-home visit to Rock Hill in December, 2010, Clowney said the coach did all the talking.

“I don’t see no big deal like everybody else. They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban.

“He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour.”

In all seriousness, Clowney chose the Gamecocks over the Crimson Tide because of the scheme.

By Glenn Erby


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