“When Alabama is a powerhouse all over the country and everyone watched that game and they saw that we won that game … it kind of changed a lot of kids' minds.”
Clark, though, was already starting to change his mind before the Sugar Bowl victory. The four-star defensive end from Douglass committed to LSU last summer and had essentially eliminated OU from consideration before Montgomery went to work.
Clark had developed a strong relationship with Shipp, and after his dismissal, didn't feel like OU was interested in him anymore.
“Coach Montgomery has done a great job,” said Clark's mother Dorshell. “I am really excited about what he's done and the attention he's given to Dre, because for a while after Shipp left, we just didn't hear anything from him.”