Tonight we welcomed into the program our good friend, and head football coach at York High School, Bobby Carroll. Before taking the post at York (where he now coaches his son), Carroll was leading the charge at South Pointe High, winning state championships and developing some of the finest high school gridiron talent the state had to offer.
Within the past 4 years Carroll has coached future Gamecock defensive backs Stephon Gilmore (current Buffalo Bill) and Devonte Holloman from the ’09 class, and of course, his most prized possession was 2011 consensus #1 recruit in the country, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
AUDIO: Bobby Carroll [9:17]
Clowney’s recruitment was legendary, and after laying “the hit” on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the 4th quarter of the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day, his college career is well on its way to becoming a thing of legend as well. So we decided to have a pow-wow with Carroll, to talk a little Clowney: Past, present, and future.
“You know the thing about Clowney, I was talking to Stephon (Gilmore) yesterday about that play….the thing about those two, and Stephon’s a great player, Clowney outweighs him 75 pounds and they almost run stride for stride when Clowney’s 100%. That’s what separates Clowney from a lot of these great DL’s and super players….it’s his speed and takeoff.”