Entering his visit to LSU for its Boys from the Boot Junior Day, William Clapp was planning on holding off on making a decision until this summer. That all changed on Saturday when the 6-4 270-pound lineman ended the process and chose LSU over Alabama. The Brother Martin High School standout explained that a private meeting with Frank Wilson at the end of the day on Saturday sealed the deal on his decision to stay home and suit up for the Tigers of LSU.
"Coach [Frank] Wilson and I had a private meeting," Clapp told TSD. "He asked if I was still planning on making my decision this summer and I told him I was committing now. He got really excited.
"He turned to Leonard Fournette, who was in the room, and told him that hopefully I would be paving the way for him. We all laughed about that."
Clapp also explained that he and his family had a chance to sit down with Greg Studrawa and Les Miles to inform them of his decision to commit to LSU, something that Clapp will remember for a long time.
"Coach [Greg] Studrawa gave me a big hug and started screaming. I went to meet with Coach [Les] Miles after that and he gave me a hug and told my parents and I that he would be taking care of me from now on. It was just a great feeling."
While it had been an LSU-Alabama battle to secure a commitment from Clapp, he explained that the decision was an easy one after he had a chance to sit down and think about it.
"I always kind of knew I wanted to go to LSU because I grew up around it," said Clapp. "It was always an LSU-Alabama battle. At the end of the day, there is nothing like playing at home in front of friends and family, and that was the biggest thing.
"The more I think about it the more sure I am of my decision. I'm happy to be a Tiger."
Clapp said the visit was great from top to bottom. Clapp said his initial meeting with Les Miles set the tone for the rest of the day while on campus in Baton Rouge.
"I had my meeting with Coach Miles and it was a great meeting," said Clapp. "He talked to my family, which is what we always talk about. He was asking how my family was doing, and my family was asking him the same things. It was just a really great meeting to start the day."
Clapp explained that in addition to interacting with the coaching staff, he also had a chance to speak with some fellow 2014 recruits. The Tiger coaches also gave Clapp an opportunity to speak with current LSU players about their experiences on campus, something that led to Clapp making his commitment today.
"I got a chance to talk to some of the other recruits that I'm good friends with, like Trey Quinn," said Clapp. "We went to lunch and then looked at the academic center. They also let us ask a panel of players any questions that we had. It was after that I knew I wanted to commit."
Following his commitment to LSU, Clapp explained that the recruiting process is completely finished for him.
"I'm 100% sold on LSU," said Clapp. "I do not plan on taking any visits to any other schools."
No place like home for Clapp
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