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National Signing Day: Signs point to Deondre Clark landing at LSU

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.
by Scott Wright Published: February 5, 2014

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.

by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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