Deondre Clark stepped out of a white stretch limousine Monday afternoon wearing a Nike sweatshirt that read “Lazy but Talented,” and walked slowly into Douglass High School.
And in what seemed like only a brief moment later, Clark was posing for photos and giving interviews on the stage of the school auditorium in a dress shirt with an LSU bow tie and hat.
Five days after National Signing Day, Douglass' highly recruited defensive end had finally made the announcement official that he had signed with LSU.
It was a dramatic end to a long five days that got off to an awkward start.
Last Wednesday, Clark was planning to have a signing ceremony, but school was canceled because of frigid temperatures in Oklahoma City. The ceremony was moved to Thursday.
Still, reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon from USA Today, then other national news outlets, that Clark had signed his letter of intent and it had been received by Tiger coaches. The Clark family denied the reports, with the goal of maintaining the suspense for the ceremony with his Douglass classmates.
But the school closed again on Thursday and Friday, leading to Monday's official announcement.
Clark had been verbally committed to LSU since last summer, but he had been considering other schools — primarily Oklahoma, but also Arizona State and Ole Miss.
“The last in-home visits with Coach (Les) Miles, all the talks, it made me confident,” Clark said of his decision to stick with LSU. “It came down to the wire, and I think I made a good decision. I know a lot of people back at home will probably be mad.