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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

NORMAN — Oklahoma fans continue nervously awaiting Deondre Clark's final decision on a college football destination, and if all goes according to plan, they might have to wait an extra few days after national signing day on Feb. 5.

Clark, a four-star defensive end from Douglass, wants to keep his choice a secret until after he returns from the International Bowl, an event pitting Team USA against Team Canada in five different age groups that will be held Feb. 7 in Arlington, Texas.

Clark remains verbally committed to LSU, but his mother Dorshell hasn't been shy about expressing her opinion — both publicly and privately — that he should stay close to home and sign with Oklahoma.

“I'm gonna let him make his own decision, but I'm gonna encourage him as much as I can,” Dorshell Clark told The Oklahoman a few minutes before her other son, freshman guard Stephen Clark, played for Oklahoma State in Monday night's Bedlam basketball game.

“I'm gonna tell him how miserable he'll be without me,” she added with a smile. “It'll work. It'll work. I kinda win all the time.”

Dorshell Clark took to Twitter on Monday morning, asking fans to “help me out” in convincing Deondre to pick Oklahoma, a school that seemed completely out for him just a few months ago.

Deondre Clark developed a close relationship with former OU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp, who was fired last February and replaced by Jerry Montgomery.

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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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