Adrian Peterson vs Jadeveon Clowney: Who was the better recruit? – 247Sports

The Sweet 16 is here! 247Sports kicked off its all-time recruit bracket last week with more than 100,000 votes cast. There were upsets (a No. 15 and No. 14 seed advanced) and quite a bit of chalk as well. What were left with is 16 of the most decorated and storied recruits in college football history.

Before we get tothis heavyweightSweet 16 matchup in the Peyton Manning region between No. 1 Jadeveon Clowney and No. 5 Adrian Peterson, lets quickly recap how this bracket works:

Got it? Lets get started with a clash between two former No. 1 overall recruits and high school legends.

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South CarolinaRank: No. 1 overall in 2011 classRound 1: No. 16 Noel Devine | Round 2: No. 9 Matthew Stafford

The top-rated recruit in the 247Sports Composites history. Earned USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. Clowney posted 162 tackles, 29.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and 11 forced fumbles in 2010. He also scored five defensive touchdowns and ran for nine touchdowns on just 32 carries at South Pointe High School (South Carolina). Clowney was also a U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Under Armour All-American Game participant. He won a state championship as a sophomore, posting 17 sacks despite playing the season with a bone spur in his foot.

Adrian Peterson, RB, OklahomaRank: No. 1 overall in 2004 classRound 1: No. 12 Derwin James | Round 2: No. 4 Bryan Bresee

A legendary recruit out of Texas. Peterson ran for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns on 11.7 yards per attempt as a senior at Palestine High School. So popular that opponents asked for Petersons autograph after games. He also ran a 10.26 in the 100-meter dash as a junior, among the fastest times in the country. Peterson won U.S. Army National Player of the Year as a senior.

MAKING THE CASE

The Experts Pick: Jadeveon Clowney

The phrase is drastically overused, but this matchup actually does pit two prospects who should be considered "generational" at their respective positions. Both were grown men at the high school level and among college football's most talented players the second they stepped on campus. If there were ever prospects who could make the jump to the NFL from high school, you'd probably start with these two. Clowney is the best high school prospect I've seen in person, while Peterson was both highly productive (2,960 rushing yards, 11.7 YPC, 32 TD) and freakishly athletic (an unreal 10.26 second 100m time). I side with Clowney here given his rarity and value as a player on the edge who would completely wreck opposing offenses on a regular basis. He also had the surest look of a future No. 1 overall pick in recent memory. Charles Power, National Analyst

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