South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney was a star coming out of high school. 

After the 2012 season, he's now a mega-star. 

The sophomore defensive end from Rock Hill, S.C. was named the AT&T National Player of the Year after a national vote from the fans elected Clowney over players like Mantei Te'o, Johnny Manziel and Marqise Lee. 

Clowney finished the season with 54 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and a school-record 13.0 sacks. 

The 6-foot-6, 256-pound player was a Unanimous First-Team All-American this season as well as the Ted Hendricks Award winner as the nation's top defensive end. 

2012 was clearly the Year of the Clowney and if things continue, it looks like 2013 could be an even bigger year for the Gamecocks mega-star.