Position: Offensive guard
Size: 6-5, 309
Year: R-Sophomore - 1 letter
High School: Brother Martin High School
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
A four-star prospect by Scout.com, Clapp’s recruitment divided his family for short periods of time, he joked while recalling last season.
His father, Tommy, is a former defensive lineman for LSU and traveled beside Clapp as one of the nation’s top 15 guards in 2014.
Clapp was recruited as a four-star run blocker and was named to Louisiana’s 5A All-State Team his junior and senior seasons in high school.
Clapp started all 12 games (11 at right guard, one at left guard) for LSU in 2015 at guard and allowed zero sacks.
He acquired 88 knockdowns in 776 snaps played.
For a majority of the 2015-16, Clapp sandwiched between now-Oakland Raider Vadal Alexander and the media’s predicted first-team All-SEC center Ethan Pocic, making allowing a single sack even more unlikely.
Clapp, the Tigers’ go-to pull-first right guard, led Leonard Fournette through holes for most of the 2015-16 season when the Heisman candidate rushed beyond the hips of LSU’s right tackle.
When LSU ran right, it was behind the wall of Clapp, Alexander and Pocic.
Outlook for 2016-17
Clapp missed LSU’s spring practices after receiving sports hernia surgery a handful of months after surgery to repair a labrum injury in his hip, but will be healthy and at left guard, LSU coach Les Miles said at SEC Media Days on July 11-14.
Heading into 2016, LSU has one of its deepest lineman units in the Les Miles era.
Nearly two deep at each position, Les Miles hasn’t exactly figured out whom may be blocking where, but Clapp is an expected lock at left guard, sandwiched between K.J. Malone at tackle and Pocic at center, Miles said on Saturday.