Inside The Bills

Clowney just part of Rock Hill football factory

Posted by Chris Brown on February 28, 2014 – 9:00 am

Jadeveon Clowney is going to be a top five pick in the 2014 draft in May. He won’t be the first top 10 pick to hail from Rock Hill, South Carolina. That town in the Palmetto State has churned out pro level football talent for years.

Bills former first-round pick Jeff Burris is from Rock Hill, as well as top 10 pick Stephon Gilmore. And last year Buffalo drafted safety Jonathan Meeks, who is also from Rock Hill.

So what’s in the water in Rock Hill?

“I don’t know. Growing up that’s all we know is football,” Gilmore told Buffalobills.com. “It’s a big town, it’s bragging rights, it’s everything. If you play football in Rock Hill you’re playing it as soon as you come out of your mom. So it’s a great thing to do.”

Rock Hill, which has a population of about 70-thousand, has three 4A high schools in town, Southpoint, Rock Hill and Northwestern.

“I went to the newest high school Southpoint,” said Gilmore. “So did Clowney, and you’ve got Northwestern and Rock Hill high. Meeks went to Rock Hill. All the teams are good. I think Northwestern won the state championship again in football so there’s a lot of talent in Rock Hill.”

Meeks went to Clemson while Clowney and Gilmore played at South Carolina.

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Gilmore has been counseling Clowney through the pre-draft process. He was his former teammate in both college and high school.


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