Clark's pledge still strong

LSU commit Deondre Clark made a visit to Ole Miss last month that sent message boards crazy with speculation that he may flip. A month later, Clark's commitment is still strong, according to his high school coach, and it doesn't appear LSU fans have much to worry about.

When it comes to recruiting in the SEC, it never seems like any commitment is safe.

So when LSU commit Deondre Clark visited Ole Miss last month for camp, the speculation ran wild that a flip to the Rebels may be brewing. There were even reports to that effect.

But almost a month later, Clark is still a member of LSU's 2014 class, and his Douglass HS football coach Willie Alexander doesn't see that changing.

"He's still good with LSU," Alexander said. "The kid just owes it to himself to see what else is out there."

Clark didn't take many visits from the time he first visited LSU in the summer of 2012 to when he committed in June. Alexander said that trip to Oxford was simply one to see what else was out there. When asked if there was anything that stood out about Clark's visit, Alexander didn't even mention the Rebels.

"He's still committed to LSU," Alexander said. "He's still with LSU. Recruiting is a funny, fickle thing. I'm not the kid's parent, so I can't tell you what exactly he is and isn't going to do. All I can tell you is he's still committed to LSU. And now I'm ready for him to be committed to Douglass High School."

That commitment to the Douglass Trojans, who finished 7-4 last season, is what's now on Clark's mind. Alexander said his defensive star doesn't plan to make any trips this fall and will hopefully help lead his team to a championship.

Douglass began practices earlier this week and donned pads for the first time Friday. Alexander said he's looking forward to seeing how much Clark has progressed from his junior season.

"It's hard seeing how well he's going to do defensively because we aren't in pads yet," Alexander said. "We'll get a better gauge then how he's doing with his technique. But he's a veteran, so he understands what we're trying to do, and he just needs to go out and do it."

Alexander said Clark still measures about 6-foot-3, 235 pounds. He said he doesn't want Clark adding too much weight while he's still in high school, but Clark certainly has a frame to pack on the good weight once he reaches the college level.

"He's a lot stronger," Alexander said. "He'll have a chance to play [as a freshman]. It'll just depend on how much they're going to need him. I think he's ready to play, but if they don't have to play him, that's only going to help him."

Alexander said he and his coaching staff know what Clark can do on the field, he just needs him to show that same ability in between the ears.

"I expect him to be the leader that I know he's capable of being," Alexander said. "He needs to get his teammates to rise up to a level close to his."

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