Days after landing an offer from LSU, 3-star inside linebacker Damone Clark committed to the Tigers, giving them one of the nation’s premier prospects at the position and the fourth member of the 2018 LSU recruiting class.
That’s one linebacker that fell into the Tigers’ lap. What about their top target in the current recruiting cycle?
Clark, who has been an integral part of Southern University Lab (La.) School’s back-to-back state championship victories, plays alongside 4-star linebacker Christopher Allen, who is committed to Alabama.
Of course, Allen made a last-second decision to officially visit LSU instead of Alabama this past weekend, though he’s scheduled to visit Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday.
Clark joins 2019 offensive lineman Kardell Thomas as Southern Lab players that are committed to LSU. He told SEC Country that he is both optimistic — and hopeful — that the Tigers can add a third.
“I would really love to play with my former teammate Chris Allen,” Clark told SEC Country after he committed to LSU.
“It has really been an experience playing with him, developing a relationship both on and off of the field. We have been to the same elementary schools, the same middle schools and now in the same high school together. It has bettered our relationship, playing beside each other on the football field, and I’ll never get someone to play next to like Chris.”
Well, the two standout linebackers have a chance to reunite again … in the SEC.
Clark’s visit to LSU overlapped with Allen’s. Of course, Allen was on his official visit; Clark was on campus on Sunday along with his parents when he made his decision.
Asked if he expects Allen to be a Tiger, too, Clark said: “I do have a feeling he will. But it’s not my decision; it’s up to Chris, and I wish him the best of luck with whatever decisions he makes.”
Interestingly enough, Allen joined ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge after his official visit to LSU and was asked about the Tigers’ chances.
The 4-star Under Armour All-American stated that he remains firm in his pledge to the Tide, but that LSU wasn’t going away easy, especially now that he has two teammates also committed there.
“They’re pretty close, I’ve been thinking about them more than ever,” Allen told 104.5. “It means a heck of a lot (to be a Tiger). It’s been a team I’ve been watching since I was a little boy. When I was young, I dreamed of playing for the LSU Tigers, so it’s a big deal.”
“It means a lot to me. Those two guys have worked very hard for everything they got. They deserve it,” Allen added on Thomas and Clark’s commitments to LSU.
As far as where he stands with his commitment to Alabama …
“It’s pretty firm,” Allen said, but on LSU, “They have a chance.”
Amik Robertson schedules official visit
Corey Raymond went in-home and offered Amik Robertson last Friday. The 3-star defensive back made his move Monday night.
Robertson scheduled an official visit to LSU for Jan. 27, the final weekend before National Signing Day.
The one-time Louisiana Tech commit was back in Ruston, La., this past weekend. Even though Oklahoma State offered this past week, Robertson will head to Houston this coming weekend. He’ll head to LSU on the final weekend of the month.
LSU is putting itself in a strong position to land the underrated defensive back, if Raymond and head coach Ed Orgeron deem Robertson is the final piece of the puzzle in the 2017 recruiting class.
The Tigers are only recruiting two defensive backs at this stage in the recruiting cycle: Robertson and 4-star Plaquemine (La.) safety. Who they take may be contingent on class size come Feb. 1.
Robertson can play all over the secondary, but Raymond envisions the 5-foot-9, 160-pounder from Thibodaux (La.) playing in the nickel, where Tre’Davious White shined this past season. Raymond also considers Robertson a natural leader and a strong locker room presence.
Robertson is down to Louisiana Tech, Houston and LSU.
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