The City of Rock Hill and South Pointe High School sent out a release Wednesday afternoon with specifics regarding the Monday morning press conference for Jadeveon Clowney. The press conference is set for 10:15 AM in the school auditorium. South Pointe athletic director Mike Drummond and Clowney’s parents are to speak. Clowney will take questions from the media but there will be no individual interviews because of his class schedule. The press conference will not be open to the public. The release said there will be live coverage on ESPN, WRHI radio and the Rock Hill Herald online.
Dillon WR Kwinton Smith (6-5 195) is coming off a strong junior season that has pushed him towards the top of the list of the state’s top prospects. Smith caught 45 passes for 830 yards and 15 touchdowns last season in helping lead the Wildcats to the 2A state championship game. He broke the school record for receptions and touchdowns. “He’s got all the tools,” said his coach Jackie Hayes. “He’s a good route runner, he recognizes coverages and he has great hands. And he creates bad matchup problems.” Smith also is a big time baseball talent and is projected to go early in the 2012 draft. He has football offers right now from Wake Forest and NC State according to Hayes. Clemson, USC and Florida are also interested and he’s visited each. He was supposed to visit Wake Forest two weeks ago but attended a baseball pro day instead. Smith is not indicating a favoring according to his coach.
DL Martin Aiken (6-3 248) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt was expected to take an unofficial visit to USC this morning at 10:15 a.m, according to his coach, Kevin Crosby. He has offers from both USC and Clemson and likes both schools. “USC was one of the first to offer him so that was special,” said Crosby. “From there, they started rolling in. He is very excited about Clemson and Carolina.” Aiken also has offers from Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Illinois, and received an offer from Texas Tech yesterday. Crosby says Aiken has already been to junior day at Georgia Tech and attended a combine on the same trip. He plans to be at USC’s junior day on February 19th and Clemson at a later date. He will also attend junior day at Tennessee. Though he does not have a favorite, Crosby says he likes both Clemson and USC. “These guys look up to (USC OL) AJ Cann because they saw him develop each year and see how hard work pays off,” said Crosby. “They also looks up to (Da’Quan) Bowers and what he has done (at Clemson).”
DB Bryson Washington (6-4 183) of Ninety Six has not received an offer but is getting looks from USC, Clemson, Nebraska, and Notre Dame among others, according to his coach, Chris Liner. “He passes the eye test,” said Liner. “He has all of the physical tools. I’ve talked to coaches from several schools about him.” Liner says coaches are showing an interest but may need to see more of Washington before that first offer is extended. Washington has already visited USC and Clemson. “He did some stuff over the summer and took a couple of trips last spring.” Liner is unsure if Washington will attend any junior days this semester. He says Washington does not have any favorites.