CLASS OF 2008 SPOTLIGHT - Chase Clement

It's way too early to name the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana for the Class of 2008 but one guy who will definitely have a say in who gets that honor is E.D. White's big defensive end Chase Clement.

Clement, a 6-5, 255-pounder, with 4.9 speed, has barely scratched the surface yet he is already drawing a ton of praise from some of the nation's top college coaches.

As a junior, Clement played out of position at middle linebacker but still earned his district's MVP on the defensive side of the ball and was an honorable mention all-state pick. He finished the year with 79 tackles and three sacks.

Although defensive end is what Clement wants to play at the next level some schools are recruiting him for tight end. He started there as well during his junior season and hauled in 12 passes for 182 yards and two scores.

With his size and athleticism, he would be a good fit at defensive end or tight end but he does have a preference.

"Florida just offered him and they are definitely recruiting him as a defensive end because they don't use the tight end that much," said E.D. White head coach Kyle Lasseigne. "LSU initially offered him as a tight end but now they are talking about defensive end, kind of like a Chase Pittman type. We're going to move him there next year and let him play with his hand on the ground and I think that is where he really wants to play."

There a host of schools already actively recruiting Clement such as Ole Miss (offer), Notre Dame, Clemson, USC, Virginia Tech, Virginia and Colorado to name a few.

However, all are facing an uphill battle since Clement's late uncle is one of the all-time LSU greats in All-America offensive lineman Eric Andolsek.

"Coach (Ed) Orgeron came before the holidays and I told him, ‘Coach you know you are going to have to get him away from LSU' and he said I know coach," explained Lasseigne. "I told Florida's assistant the other day that LSU had already offered and he said he knew but they were going to come get this kid and take him out of Louisiana. In the end, though, I just think it's going to be tough with all of the LSU connections but we will see."

Ole Miss was the first school to offer and Orgeron has made a good impression on Clement using his ties to the area and his fiery personality.

"Coach Orgeron is really recruiting him hard," Lasseigne said. "Coach O cam to school not long ago and is in constant contact. Chase likes his attitude and fire and I think he plans to camp there this summer along with LSU again."

One thing if for sure and that is Lasseigne knows things will get pretty hectic around E.D. White's campus in the future.

"We've had some kids get recruited but never like what Chase is going to get," said Lasseigne. "I think he wants to take his time and soak everything in to see what all is out there but there are a lot of connections to LSU since his mom is Eric's sister."

Note: 300-Bench/340-Squat/285-Clean/31" Vertical/3.1 GPA/Taking ACT in February

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