Alabama offers Louisiana '14 OL

Alabama offers have been hard to come by lately in terms of the low number handed out to prospects - according to Crimson Tide insiders with this network - but two 2014 Louisiana prospects (William "Will" Clapp and Jacory Washington) grabbed offers from head coach Nick Saban yesterday. We have updates on both prospects, and you can get Clapp's comments inside. He's from Brother Martin (N.O.).

William Clapp got his first offer from LSU, and his second arrived yesterday on a visit to Alabama.

Clapp, who is in the 6-4 and 270-pound range, took us through Friday's events in Tuscaloosa.

"The visit went great," he began. "I met with Coach (Burton) Burns (a fellow New Orleans native), and he's a great guy. I enjoy talking with him. Half the time, we talk about stuff that's not football-related.

"Next, I met with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. He showed me techniques and pointers: really good stuff. Coach Stoutland is a great technician."

The articulate (and bruising OL) Clapp continued to discuss his trip to Alabama.

"After I met with the o-line coach, we had lunch in the Student Union," he recounted. "Alabama has great facilities. We went to Bryant Hall where the players live. I was impressed with the academic building and academic side of things: they told me I would be on track to possibly graduate in 3 and 1/2 years.

"The stadium is beautiful. I mean, I was so impressed with things. At the stadium, we saw the video clip that is shown before every home game. My brother and my parents (his dad starred at LSU and was a team captain) were amazed."

Clapp saw some Alabama players, including a familiar face from southeast Louisiana.

"I talked with (Crimson Tide OL) D.J. Fluker," who is an absolute monster," said Clapp. "I also talked to (Louisiana product) Landon Collins (former five-star Dutchtown HS S/RB and current true frosh). He's a great guy. I played against him my freshman year (the Crusaders gave an undefeated (11-0) Dutchtown squad a tussle before falling in the second round of the 2010 5A bracket by a score of 38-26).

"Landon said he doesn't regret it (leaving Louisiana for LSU's biggest rival). He said Bama will support me regardless of whether I go there or somewhere else - and that was really cool."

Clapp's day went on with a meeting with another member of the Alabama coaching staff.

"The strength and conditioning coach - Coach (Scott) Cochran) - is from New Orleans, so we had some things in common," said Clapp. "He attended Brother Martin for a week, so he knew stuff about things over there."

Shortly thereafter, the Crimson Tide extended an offer.

"I was taken to Coach (Nick) Saban's office for a meeting," Clapp said. "He put the offer on the table, which was a great feeling for me. Coach Saban said he wasn't going to pressure me to commit. He said, 'You have a scholarship; make the decision when you're ready,' and I really liked that.

"Coach Saban was real nice. He was joking around with my family and me. He said they focus heavily on academics. Alabama really makes a great effort to see that everyone graduates."

Clapp talked about potentially choosing between his two current offers (and two favorites): the LSU Tigers and the Crimson Tide.

"My dad will support me wherever I go, and it's great to have that kind of support through the process," said Clapp.

"I grew up around LSU. I'm going to pick the best place for me when the time feels right. I'm sure I'll go to some games this year. I will go to some at LSU, and I'm planning on going to Alabama/Auburn."

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