ROCK HILL, S.C. -- If five-star DE Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe) has a preference in schools at this point he isn't telling.
"I have no favorites right now," said Clowney, who is No. 1 in the ESPNU 150. "I'm just keeping it open. I'm going to take my visits and then I'll make a decision."
All of the schools interested in the 6-foot-6, 250-pound phenom are willing to wait and it took one play in the first quarter to see why every top program in the nation is going to exercise full patience.
Clowney, who rotated between defensive end and tackle throughout the game, lined up on the inside during a fourth-and-short deep in South Pointe territory. Even with the Northwestern offense having full knowledge of Clowney's position, they couldn't stop him from blasting through the center of the line and tackling the ball carrier for a three-yard loss.
"He deserves every bit of the recognition he gets because he's a great player," said Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley.
Worley went on to say that much of the struggles in the first half of the game came from a focus on Clowney.
"We had to watch where he was going to be on every play because he's the type of player that can take you completely out of your game," Worley added.
Despite not having any favorites Clowney says that South Carolina, Alabama and Clemson are the three schools that are recruiting him the hardest right now.
"I'm just looking for a situation that can provide a good education and a good opportunity to get on the field," Clowney said.
From day-to-day the rumor mill surrounding Clowney can be tough to keep up with. More recent reports linked him to the Crimson Tide and if there were any hints at how hard he was looking at Alabama he did react in a positive way when the program was mentioned.
"Well you guys know how the Tide roll," he said. "They play hard."
As for the Gamecocks, it seems like some of the offseason NCAA issues surrounding the Gamecocks has crossed his mind.
"South Carolina appears to be in a little trouble right now," Clowney said. "I don't know right now. I'm going to have to see about that."
As for when his visits will take place, Clowney isn't ready to disclose that either but it's likely he'll be in Columbia on October 9th.
"I'm definitely heading to Alabama-South Carolina," Clowney said. "I've got to go to that game."
There was a good chance that defensive lineman Gerald Dixon was going to have his name called Saturday.
What wasn't clear was which Gerald Dixon it would be. Both Northwestern and South Pointe have a Gerald Dixon on the roster.
They are both defensive lineman.
And they are brothers.
South Pointe's Gerald Dixon made the first impact play when he recovered a fumble that led to a field goal.
But Northwestern's Gerald Dixon led an impressive second half charge and admitted he was motivated by his brother's early success.
"Once I saw him pick up that fumble I knew I had to respond," Northwestern's Gerald Dixon said. "I can't let him make a play like that without answering."
The two brothers have been on opposite sides of the field since they were in middle school but it appears that Saturday might be the last time.
"I think we want to be teammates in college," Northwestern's Gerald Dixon added. "We've played against each other for so long that we want to experience what it's like to be on the same side."
Both players have been offered by several schools but appear to be leaning towards South Carolina where their father, also named Gerald Dixon, starred at before embarking on a 10-year NFL career.
As for Saturday's game both Gerald Dixons left everything on the field and that's where it will stay.
"We don't talk about our games against each other, once it's done, it's done," Northwestern's Gerald Dixon said.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.