Clark Leaving State; Steven Parker Staying?

Deondre Clark and Steven Parker prove how tough it is sometimes to predict what prospects will do in this day and age of coast to coast recruiting and SEC power.

I was absolutely wrong in my projections about Clark, the four-star defensive end from Oklahoma City (Douglass). I will always be honest with you even when it means I have to admit being wrong, and sometimes wrong in a big way. Now, I will always reserve the right to change my mind at times because recruiting is always changing.

On this one, I'm too late to change and just wrong. Deondre Clark is heading to LSU, and I believe that commitment will stand. It seems his mother is in support and that was what it would take.

Now new information leads me to believe that Parker, the talented safety at Jenks who was really leaning toward late spring SEC overtures and offers is likely to remain closer to home and most likely to stay in state.

Clark is a major loss as the 6-4, 245-pound defensive end is really a talented player and a very athletic big man on the football version of the wing. It would have been nice to see him make a Clark-and-Clark team in Stillwater with Deondre in Boone Pickens and Stevie in Gallagher-Iba Arena. It didn't happen and the SEC steals one from Oklahoma.

It is not that hard as Oklahoma State and Oklahoma kind of cherry pick (recruiting term) their own state and work just as hard in Texas and elsewhere. You have to because Oklahoma doesn't have enough talent to fully stock one Big 12-caliber program, much less two and the University of Tulsa. This year was rare as it would have been close if all players in the state went to one school or the other.

Now the last really stout prospect in the state that is uncommitted is Parker. The 6-2, 190-pound safety is a big player that can cover and is physical enough to come up and support the run and tackle ball carriers in a physical manner. He has SEC attention.

But this could be your one battle royale in recruiting between the Cowboys and the Sooners. However, in this day and age, even with an Oklahoma kid, you better work it as hard as you can because more than ever the state has cherry pickers coming from out of state.


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