Clowney: 'My teammates and I never played for recognition'

Rock Hill City Council awards champion team, USC star recruit anyway

Herald correspondentMarch 15, 2011 

— Jadeveon Clowney and the South Pointe High School football team picked up more honors Monday night.

The Rock Hill City Council presented them with proclamations congratulating Clowney and the Stallions for a long list of accomplishments.

"You have garnered a lot of awards and trophies during your time with South Pointe," Mayor Doug Echols told the team.

"You've each distinguished yourself in many ways, and our council wanted to thank and congratulate you on behalf of the Rock Hill community. We hope you remember this day moving forward into the next stage of your lives."

As for Clowney, Echols said it's not often "we have student-athletes that rise to his caliber.”

"We’ve got a pretty good sports history in Rock Hill, and we just wanted to make sure that we took this opportunity to recognize him," Echols said. "The fact that he’s from Rock Hill and gotten not only local and regional attention but also national attention is a real plus for our community."

South Pointe, which opened in 2005, won 50 of its first 68 games, including a 15-0 record in 2008 that culminated with a Class AAAA Division II state championship.

In 2010 campaign, the spotlight was primarily on Clowney, who was named Mr. Football in South Carolina and was widely considered the nation's best high school recruit. The defensive end finished his senior season with 32.5 sacks, 162 tackles and 5 touchdowns.

"The city of Rock Hill is extremely proud of him," City Councilman Osbey Roddey said. "He’s done extremely done well in sports on the field and … he’s represented the city extremely well as far as his character and etc.

"It’s always good for the city when we have [residents] that excel in athletics at any level that represent the city and community well. We’re really proud of them."

The Stallions went 13-2 in 2010 and advanced to the state championship game, where they lost to Myrtle Beach.

On Feb. 14, Clowney announced to a national television audience that he would attend South Carolina.

After Monday's ceremony, Clowney expressed appreciation to the city of Rock Hill.

"This award means a lot to us, and to be recognized by the city of Rock Hill is an honor," Clowney said.

"My teammates and I never played for recognition, we just went out there, had fun and gave our hardest on every play."

- The State contributed

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