DE No. 1 prospect in Oklahoma
LSU football picked up its 11th commitment for the Class of 2014 on Monday night when Oklahoma City defensive end Deondre Clark joined the fray.
Clark, 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 6 strongside defensive end in the nation, the No. 54 overall prospect in the nation and the No. 1 prospect in the state of Oklahoma.
“I think Rivals has him so high because of how productive he has been in high school,” said Mike Scarborough, publisher of Rivals site TigerBait.com, “and there is no denying his frame and athleticism. I think there is a chance that he could stay the same in the upcoming Rivals ranking periods or drop some and then rise again.
“The thing about Clark is that he has much more upside than a lot of other guys as he is going to get considerably bigger and stronger once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program.”
A consensus four-star prospect among the four major recruiting services, Clark is ranked No. 111 by Scout and No. 171 by 24/7 Sports, but is not nationally ranked by ESPN.
As a junior at Douglass High, Clark had 99 tackles and 22 sacks, earning all-district and all-state honors.
“I wanted to commit on my visit to their spring game,” Clark told The (Oklahoma City) Oklahoman. “But I had to come back home and talk to my mom about it. I took my time, but it felt like the right school for me.”
The first defensive lineman to join LSU’s list of 2014 commitments, Clark is the sixth out of the 11 from outside the state of Louisiana.
He picked LSU over Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss, but still may choose to visit those schools.
“He was going back and forth between LSU and Alabama,” Clark’s mother, Dorshell Clark, told The Oklahoman. “He wanted to get it done before the season got too close.”
Clark is the younger brother of Oklahoma State basketball recruit Stephen Clark, who led Douglass to four state championships while scoring over 3,000 career points.