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How Douglass' Deondre Clark grew from a 3-pound, 7-ounce baby to a prized defensive end recruit

SUPER 30 — LSU commitment Deondre Clark started life two months premature and weighing only three pounds, seven ounces. Now, he's a 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end known for his incredible athletic ability in a big body.
by Scott Wright Published: July 25, 2013

photo - Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Deondre Clark of Douglass poses for a photo in Oklahoma City Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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