New Florida coach Will Muschamp is trying to make the Gators a factor with South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney. Muschamp recently called Stallions coach Bobby Carroll and planned to make his one phone call of the dead period to Clowney. “He couldn’t believe Florida wasn’t more involved with Clowney,” Carroll said. It may be too little, too late for Muschamp and the Gators, though Clowney does have one open weekend for a visit. Clowney had planned to go Florida State next week after playing in the Under Armour All American Game, but he and his mother will go to New York instead for an ESPN photo shoot. He will visit Alabama January 14th and Clemson on the 21st. He’s undecided about the visit on the 28th. LSU, Florida State and Auburn are the three he’s been considering, but Florida could jump into the mix. Clowney is no longer considering Ohio State. As far as a leader at this point, Carroll said Clowney hasn’t told him of one, but from his own observations he has a good idea about one. “I’d say it’s South Carolina,” Carroll said. “They’ve had a great year, they need defensive ends, he’s the best on in the country, and its only 60 miles down the road. I thought (Stephon) Gilmore was going to Alabama and he ended up at South Carolina, so I’m just going by what I experienced there.” Clowney does not plan to announce a decision until Signing Day.
Brothers DE Gerald Dixon of South Pointe and DL Gerald Dixon Jr. of Northwestern have an idea when the play to announce their commitments. “January 3rd or 4th,” Dixon said. “Our dad is putting something together.” The Dixons plan to go to the same school. USC is the only common offer and the Gamecocks have long been their favorites. But Dixon isn’t ready to tip his hand officially. “We’re not saying anything until we get up there and say it,” he said.
One of the top junior OL prospects in the country, Vadal Alexander (6-6 310) of Buford, GA was on hand Monday for USC’s practice at the Atlanta Falcon’s training facility in Flowery Branch. Buford is a school heavily recruited by the Gamecocks and they are one of many early offers for Alexander. Some of the others include Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Tennessee and others. Alexander found his time watching the Gamecocks Monday beneficial. “I can see how I would fit in and how everything works,” Alexander told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I definitely have a better feel for what they do.”