Deondre Clark Reiterates That He Likes SEC

We've been trying to reach defensive standout Deondre Clark of Oklahoma City (Douglass), Okla., for several weeks by phone, but there always no answer and no voice mail having been set up. Finally, on a tour of several schools spring football practices on Tuesday, I ran smack dab into Clark before the Douglass Trojans started their practice.

"Hey, Deondre," I said, "Do you ever answer your phone?"

"Not much," answered Clark, who was very impressive looking and seemed to be the 6-4, 235 pounds advertised in most of his profiles. He also seemed to be in good shape.

Clark said he is keeping mostly quiet about his recruiting but the defensive end that boke the all-time Douglass sack record last season with a whopping 22 quarterback sacks did expand some on what we've heard.

"I am really looking at the SEC," Clark revealed. "My top five schools are LSU, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Alabama."

Asked if he was looking at the in-state schools at all, and he had this response, "I tried looking at the state schools, but I don't think they are right for me," Clark added even though his older brother Stephen, a Douglass star basketball guard and one of the top-ranked prospects in the country signed with Oklahoma State.

Clark was a double-digit scorer along with his brother on the Trojans state championship team in hoops. Last season in football he had 99 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss to go along with his 22 sacks.

He is so athletic that he lines up at tailback on offense for the Trojans and last season as a fullback rushed for 275 yards on 48 carries. That's an average of 5.7 yards per carry and he scored four touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.

"I plan on playing basketball next season, I always have and that is the plan, but that could change," he said.

Football fans in the state of Oklahoma would like to see the SEC school preference plans change.

How good is Clark? Well, the All-State defensive end from last season had Johnny Jones (6-2, 215) playing the defensive end opposite him last season and will again this fall. Jones had 15 sacks because Clark drew a lot of attention. Jones is a speed rusher with talent that could also develop into a linebacker in college.

Also, keep an eye on offensive and defensive tackle Mildren Montgomery. The 6-4, 245-pound Montgomery will play both ways and is an athletic senior lineman for the Trojans to go with Jones and, of course, Clark.


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