OU football: Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark is OU bound — if mom gets her way

The four-star player wants to keep his choice a secret until after he returns from the International Bowl. For now, though, he remains verbally committed to LSU.
by Jason Kersey Published: January 27, 2014

Dorshell Clark said three months went by between Shipp's departure and any other contact with Oklahoma coaches.

“He grew up loving OU,” Dorshell Clark said. “I think his feelings were just hurt when they kinda dropped the ball and didn't try to recruit him. He felt like maybe they didn't think he was good enough.”

Interestingly, Deondre Clark is planning one final official visit this weekend to Arizona State, and he's only going, his mother said, because Jackie Shipp is now on that staff.

“I'm not even gonna make the trip with him,” she said. “Out of respect, I'll let him go for Jackie.

“But I don't even wanna open that door for any more than it is.

“Coach Montgomery has done a great job. 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. For me, I wanted him to stay home, so it was really important for me to get them on board.”

Deondre Clark recorded 44 sacks over the past two seasons for Douglass, and was a two-time Oklahoman first-team All-State selection. Rivals ranks him as the nation's 127th-best player.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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