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More twists and turns in pursuit of top-ranked Clowney

Given the fact that Jadeveon Clowney, the consensus No. 1 high school player in the country, decided against announcing his school of choice on National Signing Day, it was expected there would be plenty of rumors, speculation and innuendo until he picked a school.

10 days ahead of the expected announcement on Valentine’s Day, the rumor mill is not disappointing anyone searching for some Clowney gossip.

Arguably the biggest tidbit to come out regarding Clowney is that he may be heading out west for a visit with Oregon. The Ducks have barely been on the radar, if at all, for Clowney’s services, so this certainly is viewed by recuitniks as a significant development if the talk comes to fruition.

In another fairly significant development if accurate, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports that Alabama seems to be fading in their pursuit of Clowney. The Tide and South Carolina have long been thought of as the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end’s most likely destination; however, Clowney announced on signing day that another in-state school, Clemson, was very much back in the picture. Clowney was extremely impressed with the Tigers’ top-ten recruiting haul Wednesday and is seriously considering Dabo Swinney‘s program.

So much so, in fact, that some observers have now labeled Clemson as the front-runner, although that may be a bit premature right now. It may not be premature, though, as Clowney is expected to take an unofficial visit to a Clemson basketball game two days before his expected announcement.