Three pounds, seven ounces.
Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark will probably sweat off that much weight during a football practice on a 100-degree August day a few weeks from now.
Clark became a prized recruit because of his incredible athletic ability in a big body — 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, with long arms, quick feet and the strength to power past any offensive tackle that gets in his way.
Three pounds, seven ounces.
That's what Clark weighed at birth. He was two months premature and spent the first several weeks of his dangerously tiny life in the hospital.
The youngest of four brothers, he's now the biggest of the four. Brother Stephen, who will be an incoming freshman on the basketball team at Oklahoma State in the fall, made a name for himself on the court despite fighting off criticism that at 5-foot-10, he might not be tall enough to be a major Division I player.
Despite his diminutive start to life, size hasn't really been an issue for Deondre Clark over the last decade.
By second grade, he had caught up to, and began to pass, most of his classmates in size.
“Before that, I was always small,” he said. “But around second grade, I started getting weight on me and I got real big. I got fat. I got into football and got my weight right.”
By fifth grade, he was one of the biggest kids in his class, and bigger than Stephen, too.
“I started getting bigger than him my fifth grade year,” Deondre said. “He didn't like it but I thought it was fun.”
While he jokes about his size, particularly in comparison to his brothers, Clark knows he was lucky to survive such a premature birth.
“It's a blessing to know that I could come from being so small — to know you maybe weren't even supposed to be born or be alive — to becoming what I am now. It's a blessing from God,” Clark said. “I think about it all the time, how thankful I am.”
Now, it's hard to imagine that Clark came out of that situation. Rated No. 3 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list for the 2014 recruiting class, Clark has been a sought-after recruit since his sophomore season.
He was big enough to work his way into the playing rotation on Douglass' Class 4A state championship team in 2011 — one of only two freshmen to play regularly.
“He had people in front of him who taught him about preparing for games, preparing for practice, teaching him how high school football was and what to expect,” coach Willis Alexander said. “He played a lot of snaps in the title game up in Stillwater. He showed a lot of progress that year, and it really helped him to develop.”
Last year, Clark had 99 tackles and a school-record 22 quarterback sacks. Scholarship offers came in from across the country, and he narrowed his focus primarily on the Southeastern Conference.
Late last month, Clark verbally committed to LSU, picking the Tigers over Alabama and a few other top programs. But before he thinks about his future on the bayou, Clark wants another ring.
He has learned with the last two seasons' first-round playoff losses that there's nothing easy about winning a state football championship.
“It was hard for us when I was a freshman, but trying to get back there is 10 times as hard,” Clark said. “But that's what I want to leave Douglass as — a state champion in football. So that's what I'm gonna push myself and my team to do.”