Colorado recruited Jadeveon Clowney with $1 million … in mascot money

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney didn’t just burst onto the scene in 2012. No, he’s been brewing his talents for quite some time.

Clowney, a Rock Hill, South Carolina native, was the No. 1 recruit for the class of 2011, and one of the highest rated recruits to ever grace the prep level.

He garnered offers from nearly every school under the sun, including the University of Colorado. The Buffs, however, decided paying the monster was the best way to get him to traverse the country and suit up in the Rocky Mountains (wouldn’t Clowney be even more unfair if he had less drag to hold him back a mile high?).

That’s right, Colorado sent Clowney $1 million. The kicker? It was a box full of Ralphie bucks.

Greg Bishop of The New York Times chronicled The Legend of Jadeveon Clowney, including this from his high school recruitment:

All the best universities — Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State — wrote regularly. Colorado wrote the most, even sent a box of fake money — total pretend value $1 million — with the team’s mascot, a Buffalo, in place of the usual picture of a president. Harvard, oddly, corresponded.

Unfortunately the fake money wasn’t enough to lure him to Folsom Field, but it is an interesting recruiting tactic nonetheless.

And just a friendly reminder, less than a week until this….

[H/T Yahoo! Sports]