Nick Saban recruited Clowney out of high school and was quoted as saying he was the only player he's ever seen that that was NFL ready in high school. Clowney has had his eye on the NFL since then and with all the injuries that he was witness to (remember that AWFUL injury to Marcus Lattimoore?) it's no wonder he took it a little bit easy this season. The guy just didn't want to get hurt and I don't blame him. He would have been out of MILLIONS of dollars if he had suffered an injury. It's a stupid rule that the NFL has to keep players out of the league 3 years removed from high school. Someone with Clowney's talent should be able to go to the league when they want to.