It is not often that Oklahoma City Douglass defensive end prospect Deondre Clark leaves the confines of his native state.
So when the 2014 recruit does make a trip, it's news. And following a great visit to LSU for the Tigers camp, don’t be surprised if Clark makes another trip to Baton Rouge, La.
Clark, who is 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, was offered by the Tigers in June. However, it meant a little bit more for LSU coach Les Miles to confirm the offer in person Tuesday.
“That’s real big right there," Clark said. "It opens my eyes and tells me I can get everything I want if I just keep working."
Interest in Clark has picked up considerably this summer after an impressive one-day showing at OU’s camp in June. Besides the Sooners and Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, other SEC schools to offer Clark include Missouri, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
But for now, it’s all about LSU. Though he has grown up in Oklahoma, Clark admitted he has been a fan of the Tigers for a long time. The visit didn’t do anything to hurt LSU’s chances.
“It went great. I had a great time. My mom had fun,” Clark said. “It was incredible to see all those trophy cases and see how much success they have.”
Clark participated in the camp, too, and said it was good competition, but he enjoyed getting to know the LSU coaching staff more than anything else. He said he was able to spend about an hour with Miles and the defensive coaches showed him around the campus.
It was pretty clear, though, what stood out to Clark most.
“Meeting [LSU defensive back] Tyrann Mathieu. That was awesome. I loved it. I never knew he was that small, but he shows what happens when you never stop working and never stop believing in yourself,” Clark said.