Jimmy Clausen chose Notre Dame over USC three years ago, but Clausen says that doesn’t mean he’s not a fan of Pete Carroll.
“I definitely know coach Carroll very very well,” Clausen said Saturday. “It came down to Notre Dame and USC, but coach Weis was the better pro-style option. Coach Carroll is a person, I love him to death. I haven’t seen him yet [this week]. I hope to.”
Carroll’s knowledge of college players and former recruits like Clausen give him an edge over other coaches. His relationship with Clausen is another factor to keep in mind when slotting where Clausen might land.
If Carroll wants to reboot the Seahawks franchise with a quarterback of the future, he may not be able to wait until Seattle’s fourteenth overall pick to do it. Seattle also holds the sixth pick.
Clausen spent a lot of time discussing the “inaccurate perceptions” about his lack of leadership skills during his media session. Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times asked Clausen what those perceptions were.
“Some people say I’m cocky, I’m arrogant, that I’m not a good leader or a teammate. The people that are out there saying that don’t know me as a person.”
Clausen said this week was all about showing NFL teams who he really is, a self-described “humble kid” that loves to hang out with his teammates.
We would wonder whether calling yourself humble is like calling yourself a classy guy, but then we’d hear from the Notre Dame homers like Silva.