Clapp, son of former Tiger standout Tommy (1984-87), was a well-known commodity in SEC circles from a young age. He received offers from LSU, in June 2012, and Alabama, in July 2012, after attending camps leading up to his junior season. As summer turned to fall, Clapp picked up additional offers from Ole Miss and Texas A&M. He also attended several LSU games that fall as well as the Alabama-Texas A&M game in Tuscaloosa (won by the Aggies).
LSU and Alabama comprised Clapp's final two, with the Tigers getting the nod during their annual "Boys from the Boot" gathering on Jan. 12, 2013, the same day LSU received a pledge from tight end Jacory Washington. Clapp gave his commitment to Frank Wilson while on campus but was also courted heavily by former offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. The player told Scout.com's Mike Coppage he knew it would be LSU "because he grew up around it."
On the collegiate level Clapp is likely to stay at guard, probably on the left side he lined up on more often than not as a prep player. He has a mean streak to him and enjoys finishing off blocks. Clapp has the strength needed to play the position and is relatively nimble, too, considering he played on a good high school basketball team in the springs. At this point he's probably a better run-blocker than pass-protector.