Clark likes the SEC

Coach Willis Alexander, of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, OK, spoke with TSD today about the recruitment of his star player, Deondre Clark. Alexander discusses which schools are at the top for Clark and where he would like to visit in the near future.

Deondre Clark has seen his recruitment take off over the last several months. The Douglass High School (Oklahoma City, OK) standout began receiving attention from colleges after using the camp circuit to showcase his talents last summer. At 6-3.5 230 pounds, Clark has the size of a speed rusher off the edge.

After taking a look at his stats from his junior year, it is easy to see why he is so coveted by schools all over the country. Last season, Clark made 99 tackles to go along with an eye-popping 22 sacks from his end position.

Willis Alexander, the head coach at Douglass, spoke with TSD about his star player for the class of 2014. Alexander explained that the recruitment of Clark has gotten out of hand, and his junior season is part of the reason.

"It's going like it always has been going," Alexander told TSD. "The whole process has just been hectic for him and it is only getting worse. He was offered by Georgia yesterday. He's got so many it's hard to keep track. He had a great year last year."

One school that Clark holds an offer from after he camped at the school is LSU. While Clark received his offer from the Tigers last summer, Alexander explained that one LSU staff member in particular stays in regular contact with everyone involved, something that has moved LSU up the list for Clark.

"Coach [Brick] Haley called the other day to talk to me a little bit about what all has been going on," said Alexander. "He stays in pretty regular contact. I know that LSU is high on his list."

Heading into his visit to the campus last summer, Clark already had real interest in the Tigers. Alexander explained that the LSU offer was huge for Clark, in more ways than one.

"The LSU offer was a big one," said Alexander. "He wants to play in the SEC, so the LSU offer was big because they are one of the best places to play in the country. He wants to get away from here, so it really kind of opened eyes and let him know that he can accomplish anything."

One visit that Clark already has planned for this summer is a return trip to Baton Rouge. Aside from that, Alexander explained that Clark would like to take in some junior days if time permits.

"We are going to go down to LSU for a day in the summer for camp," said Alexander. "I have some young kids that I want to bring down there as well, so it will cover a lot of bases. He's looking forward to that visit."

"He is going to go to a couple of junior days. He's planning to go to Alabama. But, he's still in basketball so it may have to wait."

The brother of Deondre, Stephen Clark, signed with Oklahoma State to play basketball for the Cowboys. It has been rumored that the decision of the older Clark would have an impact on the decision of Deondre. However, Alexander explained that it wouldn't have any impact on a decision from Clark.

"I just really think that because of where he is right now, I don't think he wants to be in a shadow any more," said Alexander. "He wants to get away and experience something for himself. He wants to be his own person and that will be the best thing for him."

Even though Clark hasn't figured out when he would like to make a decision, Alexander explained that there are four schools and one conference standing out to Clark.

"LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Alabama are schools that are at the top of the list for him," said Alexander. "Alabama hasn't offered yet, but he is expecting one at their junior day. He wants to play in the SEC."


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