Apparent mistaken identity in Clowney incident

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football signee Jadeveon Clowney was searched by Columbia police at around 2:30 a.m. Friday in Columbia, he told The State newspaper.

"They stopped us and said we fit a description," said Clowney, who said he was with South Pointe High teammate and fellow Gamecocks signee Gerald G. Dixon when he was stopped. "They said some guy called and said he got robbed and said (Clowney) had a gun. He said we fit the description."

Clowney, considered the top recruit in this year's class, was searched and released, he said. Clowney also was handcuffed.

"Putting handcuffs on kids and all that and not identifying the situation is a little outrageous," said Gerald Dixon Sr., Gerald G. Dixon's father. "These kids are trying to come down there and go to school, and this is the impression they are getting."

Gerald Dixon Sr., a former South Carolina football player, said he was upset that he and Clowney's mother weren't called about the incident even though both players are 18. Dixon Sr. knew the players were in Columbia on Thursday night, he said. South Pointe High did not have school Friday.

"I gave them a talk about it this morning and said they are not to go out of York County anymore unless I know exactly what's going on," he said.

Clowney was rated the No. 1 high school player in the country by every major recruiting service and was the subject of a heated recruiting battle between the Gamecocks, Alabama and Clemson. He signed with South Carolina on Feb. 14.

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