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

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.


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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