Clapp sets commitment deadline

Elite o-lineman Will Clapp talks inside about a tentative self-imposed deadline for making a decision. In addition, the nation's seventh-ranked junior OG discusses LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M (all have offered)...

Will Clapp wants to get his recruitment out of the way by a certain date.

"I want to make a decision during the summer," he said. "I haven't given much thought to where I'll go because I've been concentrating on basketball.

"We're 14-1 in hoops and ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in 5A. We have a good team with three good guards. I'm finally starting to get back in stride and my minutes have increased."

The LSU staff speaks with Clapp every week.

"I talk with Coach (Frank) Wilson every Monday and Coach Stud every Thursday," he said. "Last time I was talking with Coach Wilson, Coach Miles happened to walk into his office and I was also able to speak with Coach Miles.

"LSU tells me I'm one of their big needs. Both Coach Stud and Coach (Jeff) Stoutland from Alabama both say they need me on the offensive line and want me bad."

Alabama was in New Orleans last week.

"I had a good recent 10-minute conversation with Coach Saban and Coach Burns," the junior said. "They asked about basketball season and my classes.

"Coach Saban talked about the bowl game and his struggles to keep the team focused. He talked about trying to find the correct balance of practice and rest."

Clapp, who received a scholarship offer from Saban during a summer visit to Tuscaloosa, might make a return trip to Bama's campus in the next few months.

"Coach Saban is looking for a time when they can get me up there again," Clapp said. "He wants me to come to junior day or spring practice."

Texas A&M and Ole Miss have also offered.

"I like A&M," Clapp said. "They have a player from Brother Martin (Julien Obioha) who started as a true freshman.

"I definitely want to give them a look and get to know more about Texas A&M. I was at the game when Texas A&M played Alabama, and I liked what I saw from both."

For the next few months, Clapp will continue concentrating on Brother Martin hoops.

"College trips will depend on my basketball schedule," he said.

The 6-5, 270-pounder was named 5A first-team all-state this week along with senior teammate and Florida State commit Ryan Hoefeld.

"It was a big honor," Clapp said.

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