By Wednesday evening, all the signs were pointing toward Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark honoring his verbal commitment to LSU.
But the Clark family is keeping quiet.
Clark will make his official announcement between LSU and Oklahoma at 2 p.m. Thursday at Douglass High School, though multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that LSU had received Clark's signed letter of intent.
After the reports broke early Wednesday afternoon, Clark's mother, Dorshell, denied that her son had sent in his letter of intent. Her only other comment Wednesday night was about the plan for Thursday's announcement, which will come regardless of whether the school is open or not.
It's been a trying few days for the family, following Stevie Clark's dismissal from the Oklahoma State basketball team on Monday. And things got more complicated Wednesday.
USA Today's George Schroeder, who was embedded with the LSU coaching staff for a behind-the-scenes look at National Signing Day, was the first to report Clark's letter had arrived at LSU. Rivals.com and ESPN both added weight to the report with confirmation and other details.
ESPN's LSU reporter, David Ching, posted on Twitter that Clark's letter of intent had arrived and passed through compliance, according to an LSU spokesman, who added that the school was “not announcing (Clark) today.”
Deondre Clark's only public statement on the matter appeared on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, when he said “nothing is final.”
Clark, 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, has been verbally committed to LSU since July, but was strongly considering Oklahoma in recent weeks.
When addressing the media at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops seemed to indicate the Sooners might still be holding out hope on landing Clark.
“I'm very pleased with the overall class, and possibly still waiting on another guy,” he said.
But it was not long after 2:30 when the news broke of Clark's letter arriving in Baton Rouge, La.
Douglass coach Willis Alexander said he had not been in touch with the Clark family since Wednesday afternoon, when they told him Deondre had not sent his letter of intent.
It's possible the Clark family was hoping to keep news of the signing quiet until Deondre could announce it before his classmates at school. He had originally planned to do so on Wednesday afternoon, but Douglass and all Oklahoma City Public Schools were closed because of below-freezing temperatures.
The Clarks were able to keep a signing day surprise quiet last year. Deondre's older brother, Stevie, signed with the OSU basketball team on the final day of the November signing period, but did not make his decision public until a week later.
Stevie Clark's situation at OSU likely complicated matters as Signing Day approached for Deondre. Stevie was arrested early Sunday morning for the second time since Jan. 1, and dismissed from the team the next day.