In an in-depth FoxSports story on his recruitment, Clowney says of the Nick Saban in-home:
"I don’t see no big deal like everybody else," he said later. "They’d say, ‘He’s the king of all of football.’ The guy ain’t nothing but 5-5. He’s a short guy. Everybody’s going crazy on Nick Saban."
During the visit, Saban touted Alabama’s graduation rate, its success in sending players to the NFL and playing Clowney at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Clowney and his family could hardly get a word in.
"Nick Saban’s going to take over and talk," Clowney said. "He talked the whole time he was there. I was dozing off. He can talk. A lot. He talked for a whole straight hour."
He did claim he liked the Crimson Tide coeds the best though. Seriously.
FSU recruiter Dameyune Craig tried to convince Clowney to try the women of Tallahassee. Everybody else has.
"I don’t know if you’re going to come down here to see us or if you’re coming down for the girls, because we got ’em," Clowney recalled Craig telling him.
"He’s a black guy, brother, so he know what’s going on and everything," Clowney said of Craig.
FWIW, the most reliable of the South Carolina insiders reported after the signing that Clowney had been a silent to Carolina for months, and the coaches only briefly worried about Alabama immediately following his visit to Tuscaloosa. He claimed everything else was just to muddy the water so it could be a surprise at the press conference. The recruitment also apparently damaged the relationship between Clowney's former HS coach (left in January for a new job) and DC Ellis Johnson, as the HS coach was apparently one of those "going crazy" with Saban and pushed Clowney to delay the announcement and further consider Alabama.