Five-Star recruit Josh Sweat looks an awful lot like Jadaveon Clowney. Not only are the two some of the most dominating outside pass rushers the sport has seen in recent history, but seriously if you held two pictures of the two up next to each other I’m not sure even friends of Sweat could tell the difference. The highly touted senior is set to make his decision sometime tomorrow, recently narrowing his list down to Oregon, Georgia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s going through his head with each school:
Oregon: The only reason Sweat is considering the Ducks is because of what they’ve accomplished recently. Oregon looks like the team to beat in the playoffs, and with their partnership with Nike, Oregon is a very attractive place for young guys coming out of highschool. Realistically though, Oregon is about as far away from his hometown in Virginia, and it’d be hard to imagine him going somewhere so far from home. However, if the Ducks somehow land Sweat, it’ll be by far the biggest signing in school history.
Georgia: The only SEC team Sweat is considering, the Bulldogs have made a strong push at Sweat. They offer the luxury of competing for an SEC team, and all the media and attention that goes along with that. Georgia was his most recent visit, so if they left a strong impression it would be the freshest in his mind. Although they’re a long shot, they would be close to home and getting a chance to play in the SEC and be thrust into the national spot light is nothing to take lightly.
Ohio State: Sweat has some friends on the team who graduated a year before him who many think are pushing to bring him to OSU. Urban Meyer brings with him a tradition of winning (see 59-0 with a third-string QB), and with Ohio State now making the playoffs they look like a team that can only continue to go up in terms of success. Next year, with a healthy J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller, OSU will be dominant, and a hard team to look past for Sweat.
Florida State: Undefeated the past two seasons. Jameis Winston will still be there next year. Hard to argue that, especially if they win out again.
Virginia Tech: Many expect Sweat to stay close to home, and VT is the best and closest school in the state of Virginia that can offer him a solid chance to compete. I’d be surprised if they landed him, but home-field advantage seems to be playing a big role in his decision.
Below are highlights from the beginning of his junior year. Imagine this: he has only gotten better.
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