Sky is the limit for Jadeveon Clowney

December, 31, 2012
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Not long after Jadeveon Clowney arrived on South Carolina's campus last year as the most-coveted recruit in school history, his defensive line coach, Brad Lawing, posed a question that resonated like never before this season.

"I told him, 'You're going to be a first-round guy, but do you want to be the first guy?'" Lawing recounted.

"He's taken that to heart this season and put a premium on work ethic and playing hard on every play. I remind him all the time, 'How good do you want to be?' I think he's got a chance to be one of the greatest to ever play this game."

The rock-star status bestowed upon top prospects during the recruiting process is staggering in this day and age. Living up to the hype a lot of the times is next to impossible.

Clowney has been everything, and then some, that he was supposed to be. The 6-foot-6, 256-pound sophomore leads the SEC with 13 sacks this season and has 21 sacks in 24 career games.

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