Deondre Clark Commits to LSU: Tigers Land Stud 4-Star DE

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 25, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

It wasn't long ago that defensive end Deondre Clark named LSU his leader. Now, according to Gary Laney of ESPN (paid link), he has committed to the program.

Per 247Sports, Laney is a 4-star recruit and is considered the 11th-best strong-side defensive end of the 2014 recruiting class.

He was interested in other schools, such as Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M, but the team to beat was always LSU. Clark attended Tigers camp last year and took an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge in April before making his decision.

Clark grew up a fan of LSU and always liked what he saw from the defensive line. It's usually a fast and athletic unit that gets to the quarterback in a hurry. Clark, who runs a 4.70 40-yard dash, saw himself playing for his favorite school and has one goal in mind, per the report.

"He's going to get me ready for the next level," Clark said.

Along with the individual numbers and team accomplishments, LSU has helped mold plenty of defensive linemen for the NFL. In last year's draft, Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery heard their names called early. That doesn't include Michael Brockers, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and Drake Nevis, all of whom were recent high draft picks.

Clark has good reason to be excited about the possibilities.

He is the 11th commitment for LSU and the first defensive lineman. The Tigers are expected to land many quality defensive linemenlike last year's classbut few are going to be as talented as Clark, who was one of LSU's top defensive targets.