LSU's 2014 recruiting class added an explosive athlete with the potential to be an elite pass rusher in Deondre Clark.
ESPN's Gary Laney hits us with the news:
The four-star defensive end from Oklahoma City's Douglass High school pledged to LSU coach Les Miles on Tuesday night over the phone.
'I've always liked their D-line,' said Clark, who visited LSU last summer, making the Tigers one of his early favorites. "I've always been a fan."
So he picked the Tigers over the likes of Alabama, Texas and Florida to be the first LSU defensive line commitment of the 2014 signing class.
He can't wait to join the Tigers.
'I think [Les Miles] is one of the best head coaches in all of college football,' he said. He said he plans on arriving at LSU and contending for playing time right away, a selling point from a program that routinely sends underclassmen to the NFL, creating openings for young players to make a quick impact.
The Oklahoma City product is a 4-star recruit in 247 Sports' composite rankings and the eighth-ranked strong-side defensive end.
Checking in at 6'2" and 238 pounds, he has nice size to be an edge pass rusher. He also has experience at tight end, and could wind up playing offense. However, he looks best suited to go after the passer.
Check out some of his highlights at Hudl.
Clark has a good first step and the explosiveness to beat linemen on the edge. Helping with this is his natural use of his hands, and good waist movement.
With good straight-line speed and lateral agility, Clark can also chase down plays and move through traffic.
Clark is a solid tackler. He wraps up and takes good angles, and he has also shown the ability to lay the lumber when he gets an opportunity.
Consistency is not his strength. While he has a good first step, he can also be slow to get off the ball. He has a tendency to get too high and lose leverage.
He also is fairly limited in his pass rush moves. While he's shown the strength to succeed with a bull rush, he will have to add some bulk to succeed with this at the college level. This will leave him initially relying on taking blockers off the edge.
He will have to continue to refine the use of his hands as he will have problems shedding blockers on the next level. However, these skills should come with time as long as Clark is dedicated to the sport. Considering he plays with a solid motor and intensity, there is no reason to doubt his desire or dedication.
With natural development and added strength, he will be a dominant force.