West Monroe big hitter says it's LSU

News broke on Monday that big-hitting safety prospect Shomari Clemons (6-2, 205, 4.6) of West Monroe (La.) committed to the LSU Tigers.

Tiger Rag has been reporting that Clemons was on the verge of pulling the trigger and he finally gave Les Miles his verbal pledge during a one-day stop at Miles' camp.

We caught up with Clemons for a brief moment late Monday evening to see what prompted him to put an end to all of the recruiting madness.

Tiger Rag: For the past six weeks you have been on the verge of committing to the Tigers. What made you finally pull the trigger? Clemons: I've been thinking about it for a while and the coaches have been telling me I should focus on my books so I figured if I went ahead and committed it would be easier to do that. Now I don't have to worry about dealing with the coaches during the season and having them stop by the house and always calling.

Tiger Rag: What coach did you tell about your decision? Clemons: I told coach Miles. He said he was happy and he was glad to have me.

Tiger Rag: How is your academic situation coming along? Clemons: I took a class this summer and made a "B" in it so that should help. The last time I checked I had a 2.3 (GPA) and I plan on taking the ACT (first time) the next time it is offered.

Tiger Rag: What position is LSU recruiting you for? Clemons: They want me to play safety. Coach Miles said strong safety.

Tiger Rag: Some feel that you will end up at linebacker. Have the LSU coaches mentioned that to you? Clemons: Not really. They say safety.

Tiger Rag: What other offers do you have? Clemons: Ole Miss offered a while back and Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee said I had one.

Tiger Rag: What put LSU ahead of the other schools recruiting you? Clemons: To tell you the truth I've been wanting to go to LSU since I was little. I love LSU. There have been a lot of guys from my school that went to there and I wanted to continue that tradition. The way they play defense reminds me a lot of how we play it at West Monroe. I also love the facilities they have.

Tiger Rag: So is recruiting over for you now? Clemons: Pretty much.

Tiger Rag: Does that mean you may continue to look around at some other schools? Clemons: No. That means I will still be talking to the LSU coaches when they call. LSU is the one and the only one for me.

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