It didn’t take long for Damone Clark to make a decision regarding his recruitment. After all, the timing worked out, well, perfectly.
Clark, the 3-star 2018 linebacker from Southern University Lab (La.) School in Baton Rouge, committed to LSU on Sunday just days after receiving an offer from the Tigers.
He wasn’t concerned about a role or playing time, and when given the green light, he pounced on the opportunity to stay home.
“I really felt like I was at home,” Clark told SEC Country. “When I went there, the coaches really welcomed me with open arms and I was very grateful, so I made the decision to commit. … I have the passion to be at LSU. I dreamed about playing for LSU, so it felt like the proper thing for me to do instead of waiting. After I talked it over with my parents, I felt comfortable and that I should just commit.”
Clark is the fourth commit in the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class and first linebacker.
Linebacker remains a priority position in LSU’s current recruiting cycle, but defensive coordinator Dave Aranda now has another weapon on the way. One term that comes to mind: versatile.
“For me, I’m really an inside linebacker,” said Clark. “I can play outside, too. I was told I’m very versatile. At Southern Lab, I also played strong safety. So I can play safety and play linebacker, and the versatility works for me, too.”
Clark committed during his inaugural visit to LSU. He spent much of the day alongside his parents with Aranda and coach Ed Orgeron.
Credit LSU’s defensive coordinator for making the push, as his resume spoke volumes with the talented No. 7-ranked inside linebacker.
“It was a really eye-opening experience to sit with the defensive coordinator,” Clark explained. “He was talking to me about LSU and how the defense has gotten better since he got there, and he was telling me about how the defense will work with me in it.”
Clark, who has helped Southern Lab capture back-to-back Division IV Louisiana state championships, now can add LSU commit to his biography.
That’s a title he will hold with pride, too, as he prepares to fulfill a lifelong dream.
“When I received the offer, everyone already called me an LSU commit,” Clark laughed. “But I’m humble. This is me. I wasn’t worried about it.”
“The coaches were really happy and welcoming me to the Tiger Family,” he added. “I feel very confident becoming an LSU Tiger.”
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