Deondre Clark's announcement ceremony on Monday was merely a formality, but it punctuated a nationwide recruitment process for the Oklahoma City standout. He officially unveiled his intentions to attend LSU five days after sending his signed letter of intent to Les Miles.
The versatile defensive end chose the Tigers over a wide variety of offers. His other options included Oklahoma State, Alabama, Baylor, Georgia and Notre Dame.
Clark, who committed to LSU last June, kept Oklahoma in the mix throughout. The 6'2.5", 238-pound Douglass High School standout spent an official visit with the Sooners less than three weeks before signing day.
He followed that experience with a trip to Baton Rouge. LSU coach Les Miles managed to keep the promising prospect in an impressive 2014 class.
"Deondre is a very athletic and versatile player who was a standout on both sides of the ball in high school," Miles said in an LSU press release. "We are thrilled to have him join this class. He fills a need for us at defensive end. He'll be able to come in and compete for playing time right away."
Clark concluded his high school career with 22 sacks as a senior, per the press release. He racked up 61 total sacks at Douglass.
The 4-star prospect displayed some serious versatility last season, taking on duties as the team's top running back. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns.
LSU welcomes a elite edge-rusher who is just scratching the surface of his potential. Ranked the 11th-best strong-side defensive end recruit in the country, Clark can carry more weight and still excel along the perimeter.
He is clocked at 4.70 in the 40-yard dash, making him a matchup nightmare for offensive tackles on obvious passing downs. Clark moves extremely well laterally against the run game.
His signing gives the Tigers a 4-star tandem of incoming defensive end recruits. Louisiana product Davon Godchaux pairs up with Clark to form an impressive duo for the future that will add immediate depth.
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